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2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)

Results for King's

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise for British universities 37 subjects were submitted by the College.  Of these, 14 emerged as world class (i.e. in the top decile or at least ranked in the top three universities) and a further 9 in the top quartile:

14 world class units
  • Cardiovascular
  • Psychiatry (Institute of Psychiatry)
  • Dentistry
  • Nutrition
  • Pre-clinical and Human Biological Sciences (CARD, MRD CDN, Genetics)
  • Business and Management Studies
  • Library and Information Management (Humanities Computing)
  • Politics and International Studies (War Studies, Defence Studies)
  • Education
  • French
  • German
  • Iberian and Latin American Languages (Portuguese, Spanish)
  • Classics (including Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies)
  • Philosophy


9 other units in top quartile
  • Other Hospital Based Clinical Subjects (Asthma, Liver, Imaging)
  • Health Services Research
  • Biological Sciences (Randall Institute)
  • Pure Maths
  • Geography
  • Law
  • History
  • Drama and Performing Arts (Film Studies)
  • Music

About King's RAE entry

The results of the 2008 RAE were officially released by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) on Thursday 18 December 2008. The last exercise took place in 2001.

King’s entered 1,220 Category A staff (1,172 FTE) to 35 different units of assessment (UoA) 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.

This information has been reviewed by panels of expert peers, including international experts. King’s had 26 members of staff on the panels, including three who were chairs of their UoA panels.

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