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The quality of research at The University of Manchester was confirmed by our scores in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008. We’re currently awaiting the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), which will be published in December 2014.

RAE 2008

The results of the 2008 RAE confirmed that The University of Manchester is among the leading research universities in the UK and is well on the way to becoming one of the world’s top universities by 2020.

The RAE measures the quality of research conducted in universities and higher education institutions in the UK against international standards of excellence, and enables higher education funding bodies to distribute public funds on the basis of quality. These funds mean we can continue to recruit the best research staff and students, carry on building strong links with industrial and research partners, and sustain investment in our facilities.

In the RAE 65% of our research activity was 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. 

REF 2014

The REF is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, replacing the RAE. The University of Manchester submitted to the REF by the deadline of November 2013. Our research publications, research environment and research impact will be assessed through peer review by an expert panel and the results will be published in December 2014.