Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008
The results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirmed that The University of Manchester smashed the 'Golden Triangle' of research universities traditionally dominated by Oxford, Cambridge and London, and is well on the way to becoming one of the top universities in the world by 2015.
The RAE measures the quality of research conducted in universities and other higher education institutions in the UK against international standards of excellence and enables the higher education funding bodies to distribute public funds on the basis of quality. These funds allow us to 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.
65% of research activity, amounting to 1,194 full-time equivalent staff at The University of Manchester, 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.
Professor Alan Gilbert, who was President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester during the 2008 RAE, said: "These results vindicate the decision to merge UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester in 2004 and justify our massive investment in new staff and facilities since then.
"We were committed to step-change transformation and we had thought that this RAE may have come a little too early to demonstrate the impact of that change. But we were wrong. The evidence is now there for all to see - in terms of both research quality and research power (quality x volume), there is no longer a 'Golden Triangle' in British higher education research".
The University of Manchester submitted research in 53 Units of Assessment, more than any other university in the UK, and the quality profile across the board has been astounding.