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Institute Success in the RAE Assessment

DECEMBER 18, 2008

The 2008 RAE results have just been released by the Higher Education Funding Councils. We are pleased to report that the Institute has achieved the leading place for UK Universities for three out of the four important scores in the Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology Unit of Assessment. The Dean, Professor Peter McGuffin commenting on the results, said:

In such a selective and highly competitive assessment process, the IoP has fared very well indeed. I would like to thank everyone involved in the RAE submission process for their hard work and many congratulations to all the RAE contributors for the excellent quality of the research submitted.

The main points from the RAE report are:

  • Compared with the last RAE in 2001, the Institute increased the number of staff submitted from 120 to 214, a huge increase, and indeed submitted 98.7% of its eligible staff, a very much higher proportion than most universities.
  • 95% of all of this increased research activity at the IoP has been classified as “internationally regarded, internationally excellent or world-leading”
  • The IoP now accounts for 32 out of the 101 'world leading' research activity units in Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience in the UK in the whole of the UK.
  • The IoP accounts for 118 out of 441 'world leading or internationally excellent' research activity units in the UK
Professor Shitij Kapur, Vice Dean for Research has enthusiastically welcomed these ratings, saying:

On the basis of these results, the IoP can now look forwards with confidence to enhancing its reputation even further in the next few years and ensuring that all our internationally renowned activity is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

RAE Additional Information
The submitted information has been reviewed by panels of expert peers, including international experts. King’s College London had 26 members of staff on the panels, including three who were chairs of their UoA panels.

Results for each UoA take the form of a graded profile giving the proportions of the submission expressed as a percentage, that is judged to meet each of four * levels, in multiples of 5 per cent.

The levels are:

•    Four* - Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.  
•    Three* - Quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which nonetheless falls short of the highest standards of excellence. 
•    Two* - Quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour. 
•    One* - Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.  
•    Unclassified - Quality that falls below the standard of nationally recognised work. Or work which does not meet the published definition of research for the purposes of this assessment.

The IoP entered 214.59 staff into the UoA Category 9 at end of November 2007. Information consisted of: publications of staff; numbers of research students and studentships; information on research income; and a strategy document.

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