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Research rankings

The amount of data included in the 2008 RAE results means there are a number of different ways of analysing them. But by any evaluation Manchester ranks among the country's top performing universities.

  • A research power ranking, which uses a quality score (grade point average) times the number of full-time equivalent staff submitted, places this University in third place nationally, behind only Cambridge and Oxford;
  • A ranking based on quality alone (grade point average), and which excludes very small specialist institutions, puts the University in sixth place behind Cambridge, Oxford, LSE, Imperial College and UCL;
  • A ranking which looks at the overall volume of staff within 3* and 4* quality levels shows this University in third position, behind Cambridge and Oxford.
  • A similar table which looks at the overall volume of staff within 4* quality levels shows this University in fourth position, behind Cambridge and Oxford and UCL

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Shanghai Jiao Tong Ranking of the World's Top 500 Universities

The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results corroborate the year-on-year improvements that the University has made to its position in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Ranking of the World's Top 500 Universities.

YearWorld rankingEuropean rankingUK ranking
2011 38 6 5
2010 44 9 5
2005 53 12 6
2004 78* 24* 9*

Source: 2011 Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Ranking of World Universities

* 2004 rankings were for the Victoria University of Manchester prior to the merger with UMIST

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