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Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)

Manchester's outstanding performance in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 means that now, more than ever, the University can rightfully claim its place as one of the UK's leading research universities.

The RAE is the UK government's formal method of assessing the quality of research in universities. It is based on a large and complex amount of data and is presented in a different way to previous RAEs.

According to the rankings, we are among the country's top-performing universities. Almost two-thirds of our research activity, amounting to 1,194 full-time equivalent staff, is judged to be 'world-leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*), putting us among only a handful of universities with an internationally significant research profile over a wide range of subject areas.