SOAS University of London


RAE 2001 Results

Unit of AssessmentRating
39Politics and International Studies4
46Middle East and African Studies5
47Asian Studies5
60History of Art, Architecture and Design3a
63Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies5


SOAS Awarded £4.58 Million for Research
10 May 2002

SOAS has achieved significant successes in the recently completed Research Assessment Exercise. This is a nationwide review, held every four to five years, into research quality and performance in UK universities and is the principal basis on which funding council research grants are made.

Ten of the 15 current SOAS departments and 67 per cent of the Schools academic staff submitted for the RAE were placed in the top two categories - 5 and 5*. In addition to a 5* for History (one of only eight across the UK), there were 5s for the departments of Africa, Anthropology, East Asia, Law, Near and Middle East, Music, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Study of Religions. In greatly improved ratings from the last RAE in 1996, Development Studies, Economics and Politics were awarded 4s. Only two SOAS departments, Art and Archaeology and Linguistics, both with 3s, received lower grades.

Because SOAS entered a very high proportion of its staff for the RAE as 'research active', the financial outcome has been particularly rewarding for SOAS. In the recently announced funding grant for 2002-03, SOAS's research grant has risen by 16.1 per cent over the previous year (one of the higher percentage rises in the country) and now stands at £4.58 million, with the possibility of a further rise in 2003-04 if the Higher Education Funding Council for England puts additional money into top-rated departments next year).

Research income from the HEFCE research grant and from external research income is now running at approximately £7.5 million a year. This represent a substantial proportion of the School's total income but it is also a clear indication of SOAS's enhanced status as a research institution and a leading centre for languages and cultures, the arts and humanities, law and social sciences, especially as they relate to Africa and Asia.

Professor David Arnold, former Pro-Director for Research