Research Assessment Exercise

The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) is an evaluation by UK funding councils of research carried out at UK higher education institutions. The Scottish Funding Council uses the results from the RAE to determine how much funding it will give to eligible Scottish institutions for their research.

Assessments are carried out by panels of experts in discipline areas, which are known as units of assessment. The assessment of the research in each area is based on:

  • the quality of publications and other research outputs by each staff member submitted,
  • the general research environment in which the studies are carried out, and
  • the measures of esteem in which individuals and research groups within the subject area are held.

2008 results

Edinburgh Napier University's RAE 2008 results underline the University's growing research strength across a number of key areas.

These results show that 21% of submitted research at the University is rated as being either internationally excellent or world leading; 43% is recognised internationally; and 30% is recognised nationally.

In all areas where Edinburgh Napier University submitted entries there is research being carried out which is internationally excellent, with six units of assessment recording world-leading outputs (Nursing, Allied Health, Civil Engineering, Architecture & Built Environment, Library & Information Management, and English).

This external validation of the University's internationally excellent and world-leading research activity is particularly pleasing given that we entered nearly double the number of researchers as in RAE 2001.

Further information

For information on the RAE 2008, visit the RAE website.