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Research Assessment Exercise 2008

The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) is a process of assessing research in Higher Education Institutions across the United Kingdom.

Results from the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) have confirmed that 79 per cent of the university's research output is of international standing.

Taking the top three grades, the results show that 15 per cent of the research is 'world-leading' (the highest grade), 29 per cent is internationally excellent (the second highest grade) and 35 per cent is internationally recognised (the third highest grade).

Brighton is also ranked as the leading modern university in terms of the quality of its research by Research Fortnight. The Times Higher Education moves the university from 80 in 2001 to 59 in 2008.

Among the highlights at the university, 65 per cent of research in art and design was classified as either 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'. This places Brighton amongst the leading research centres in the country for art and design and Research Fortnight ranked the submission second in terms of the volume and quality of research.

The results also show that 95 per cent of our research in mechanical and aeronautical engineering 95% of our research in mechanical and aeronautical engineering is of international standing and 70 per cent of our research in business management is of international standing. The university's research in sports-related studies is amongst the top 25 per cent of all research.

These results show that the university is on target to meet its strategy to increase the breadth and quality of our research, with new submissions in communication, cultural and media studies and other hospital-based clinical studies.

Professor Bruce Brown, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Brighton said: "The university has succeeded in broadening its research base and has driven up the quality of research across a larger range of subject areas. Seventy-nine per cent of our research is of international standing and we are also judged to be the leading modern university in terms of the quality of our research. Overall, we are determined this work will make substantial contributions to social, economic and cultural well-being. For us there are only two types of research — applied research and yet to be applied research."

Anne Boddington, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Architecture said: "We are proud that we have a large, interdisciplinary research centre in art and design. We are strong in the arts in a university context which means that we can contribute to the broader research culture of the university. Our submission was truly interdisciplinary and includes people from across the institution in areas such as fine arts, sustainable design and cultural heritage."

Brighton made submissions in 15 units of assessment and submitted 286 staff – representing more than 34 per cent of the potential staff cohort. Of these 53 were returned as early career researchers.

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