Anglia Ruskin University research is world-leading

Published: 23 December 2008 at 10:44

Commitment to research and scholarship enshrines vision to be one of the most successful modern universities

The government’s 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results for Higher Education institutions have been announced, showing research at Anglia Ruskin University is increasing in strength and scope.  Anglia Ruskin has now moved within the Times Higher Education tables from 121 to 86th position to reflect this improvement. Anglia Ruskin came out top of the ‘new’ universities for Psychology, second for English Language and Literature and third for History.

The RAE measures departmental success in terms of publications, research environment, and academic esteem. More than half of the work in all nine of Anglia Ruskin’s submissions was recognised as of international quality, with eight submissions having a proportion of their work rated as ‘world-leading’.

The RAE is a periodic analysis of research strengths across the sector and confirms the UK’s dominant position in international research. It shows the UK research base in more detail than ever before, and results will be used to allocate more than £1.5 billion each year from 2009-2010, with individual recurrent grants announced at the beginning of March 2009.

Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Thorne said:

“I am delighted that the excellence of the work in the areas where we have prioritised research has been recognised in this way. Those colleagues involved will be justly proud that we do so much work of an international standard - not to mention an encouraging proportion of world-leading research.”

“For me, this confirms the content of our newly agreed Research and Scholarship strategy. It amplifies the unambiguous commitment to research and scholarship now enshrined in our Vision and describes a set of actions and investments, totalling some £4.5 million.”

Anglia Ruskin University achieved similar rankings in the Guardian and Research Fortnightly.