Research excellence at the University of Kent

Research Assessment Exercise 2008 (RAE)

University of Kent ranked 24th for its world-leading research

The University of Kent today warmly welcomed the news that a great deal of its research has been ranked as world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour (4*), according to the Government’s 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The University is placed 24th out of 159 participating institutions in terms of the best, or 4*, research.

Both The Guardian and The Times newspapers rank Kent 29th, with the Independent online rating the University 28th for its overall research activity.

In what has been the University’s best ever RAE performance;

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Five subject areas have had 30% of their research rated 4*:

  • Drama
  • English
  • History
  • Law
  • Social Policy and Sociology

Six subject areas have been ranked in the top ten of their disciplines nationwide:

  • History
  • Metallurgy and Materials
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Law
  • French
  • Statistics and Operational Research

Five subject areas at Kent among the UK’s top 20:

  • Drama and Film Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • English
  • Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology

A further ten subject areas are in the UK’s top 30:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Classics and Archaeological Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Spanish
  • Electronics
  • German
  • Business and Management Studies
  • Computing
  • Philosophy

Professor Julia Goodfellow, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said:

I am delighted that the results from the RAE show how well research has developed at the University of Kent. Kent’s move into the top 30 research-led institutions is justly deserved. Of particular note are those subjects which have been ranked among the top ten in the country.

We are immensely proud to be a university where our students are taught by, and have regular contact with, top-rated researchers and which is committed to the widening participation agenda.

The RAE results reflect the impact of our institutional research strategy, with its emphasis on postgraduate studies and the consolidation of our position as world-leader.

This news follows the announcements earlier this year that the University of Kent was once again voted the number one university in London and the south-east in the National Student Satisfaction survey and that it now ranks among the top 30 universities in the UK according to The Guardian’s latest Higher Education League Tables.

Results summary

Kent is 24th overall in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Five subject areas have had 30% of their research rated 4*. Six of our subject areas are in the top ten nationwide.

Kent's position

  • A top 30 research-led institution in the 2008 RAE
  • Students taught by top-rated researchers
  • A university committed to widening participation
  • Number 1 university in London and the south-east in the NSS
  • A top 30 university according to the Guardian's Higher Education League Tables

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Last Updated: 18/11/2010