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RAE Results 2008

On 18th December 2008 HEFCE published results of the 12 Units of Assessment entered in the 2008 RAE exercise by SOAS. The table below outlines the results for all 12 units.

Times Higher Education and the Guardian also published their national league tables for research.  Times Higher put SOAS in 29th position (excluding two specialist institutions, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Institute of Cancer Research). The Guardian placed SOAS one rank lower.

SOAS entered just over 92% of eligible staff (Category A), but league table compilers data included teaching-only staff, thereby reducing the SOAS figure to 65%.

SOAS achieved much in this research assessment. In addition to our premier position in Asian Studies, four Units of Assessment figured in the top 25% compared with their equivalent departments nationally, namely Anthropology, History, Music, and Politics.

In the majority of SOAS submissions at least 60% of the staff submitted were ranked at either the highest grade of 4* (world-leading quality) or 3* (internationally excellent):

  • Music: 80% of the submission was graded 3* or 4*
  • Anthropology: 70% of the submission was graded 3* or 4*
  • Asian Studies: 65% of the submission was graded 3* or 4*
  • Study of Religions: 65% of the submission was graded 3* or 4*
  • History: 60% of the submission was graded 3* or 4*
  • Middle East and African Studies: 60% of the submission was graded 3* or 4*
  • Politics: 60% of the submission was graded 3* or 4*

SOAS's Asian Studies submission to the RAE was a spectacular success, regaining our national pre-eminence in this field of research by a significant margin.  Other success stories were Anthropology, ranked 3rd out of the 19 departments submitted nationally for assessment, and History, which, following its two outstanding grades in the previous two Exercises, was ranked 15th out of 83.  Music was ranked 12th out of 53, and Politics 7th out of 59.  In five of our twelve Units of Assessment, thirty or more per cent of research activity was judged to be of world-leading quality.

2008 Research Assessment Exercise: SOAS
  Unit of Assessment FTE
Category
A staff
submitted
Overall quality profile
(percentage of research activity
at each quality level)
4* 3* 2* 1* unc.
36 Business and Management Studies 14.00 5 35 50 10 0
38 Law 21.30 5 40 40 15 0
39 Politics and International Studies 18.25 15 45 30 10 0
42 Anthropology 19.50 30 40 25 5 0
43 Development Studies 30.50 10 30 40 20 0
48 Middle Eastern and African Studies 25.30 25 35 30 10 0
49 Asian Studies 28.00 30 35 20 10 5
58 Linguistics 19.00 10 25 35 20 10
61 Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies 16.90 15 50 25 10 0
62 History 27.40 30 30 30 10 0
64 History of Art, Architecture and Design 11.50 30 20 40 10 0
67 Music 8.20 35 45 10 10 0

For more information on the league tables, please visit the Times Higher Education and Guardian websites.