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Research Assessment Exercise Results, 2008

The University of Cambridge is placed as the top academic research institution in the UK, with particular strengths in the Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences.

The results of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 were published on December 18th, by HEFCE, the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Overall, the University of Cambridge ranked as the top academic research institution in the UK. The University of Cambridge submitted 2,040 researchers to the RAE, 31.7 per cent of whose outputs were in the 4* category (world-leading) while 39.2 per cent were in the 3* (internationally excellent).

When breaking down the RAE Units of Assessment for each research field, cognitive and clinical neurosciences scored exceptionally highly. Of particular note are the returns in Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology (UoA9), where 40% of submissions were in the 4* category, and 40% were in the 3* category, putting Cambridge as the leader in this field. Psychology also excelled (UoA44), with 35% in the 4* category and 50% in the 3* category, again, resulting in overall top position in the UK.

Cambridge Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary research strategy with a membership of 642 scientists, including over 253 principal investigators, extending over thirty one Departments and thirty four Institutes affiliated with the University. As such Cambridge Neuroscience crosses boundaries between Units of Assessment specified by the RAE. Many of the non-clinical Cambridge Neuroscientists, in the molecular, cellular, systems and developmental domains, were represented in the submission from Biology, spanning 7 Departments, which was by far the largest in the whole of UK Biology. For a detailed account of the University of Cambridge RAE results please click here.

For an explanation of the process of the RAE please click here, and here.

Posted on 22/12/2008

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