for Leeds RAE
University’s submission for the 2001 research assessment
exercise (RAE) has been safely delivered to the funding
council. The submission has taken over three years to
complete, involved over 1,300 members of staff and a total
of 4,746 publications, and yet managed to fit into a A4
copy paper box.
a hundred staff across the University helped to produce
the submission, including academic and administrative
staff in the departments assessed and the RAE working
group and data teams. The whole process was overseen by
the RAE steering group, chaired by Pro-Vice-Chancellor
for Research, Professor Chris Taylor.
Taylor said: "This has been an enormous undertaking,
and thanks are due to all those staff who have worked
very hard to produce the best possible submission from
the University. We are confident that the results will
reflect our position as a high-class research institution,
and ensure that we receive improved funding for the excellent
research conducted here."
RAE enables the higher education funding bodies to distribute
public money for research selectively on the basis of
quality: institutions conducting the best research receive
a larger proportion of the available grant. Around £5billion
will be distributed following the 2001 RAE, and the University
currently receives £25 million each year by this route.
is graded from 1 to 5* and of the 47 areas assessed at
the University, 17 aim to achieve grade 4, 22 grade 5
and 8 grade 5*. No area is expected to receive less than
a grade 4 rating. The RAE takes place every 5 years, and
the 2001 assessment covered the period from 1 January
1996 (1994 for arts/humanities) to 31 December 2000. The
results will be made public in December 2001.