2001 success should 'stand us in good stead'
percent of University of Leeds researchers are now working
in 5 or 5* departments, according to the 2001 Research
Assessment Exercise a 75% increase on the 1996
for research, Professor John Fisher, said: "We have done
well right across the board. We set ourselves challenging
targets to improve our ratings and schools and departments
have worked very hard to achieve them."
HEFCE has said it will use the RAE 2001 results as the
basis for funding research in 2002-3, with £910m available
for distribution, but, as has been widely reported, it
is not able to fully fund improvements in research achieved
throughout the sector.
funding council has not yet made public the basis for
allocation and is unlikely to do so before March.
It has said, however, that the unit of resource for 5*
departments will be maintained and there will be some
funding for other departments.
Fisher said: "We can't fix our own internal resource allocation
until we've received full details from the funding council.
As we've submitted a large number of staff, we expect
our relative position to be safeguarded. It's quite clear,
however, that the funding this year will not fully reflect
the substantial improvements made in research quality
here and elsewhere. However, our performance should stand
us in good stead for the future, if, as we hope, the comprehensive
spending review in 2003 bases future research funding
on these results."
University submitted the highest number of staff to the
exercise in its peer group 1,117 and was
second only to Edinburgh overall for the number of subjects
47 submitted for assessment.
faculties biological sciences, earth and environment,
engineering and maths and physical sciences now
have 90% of their units of assessment rated 5 or 5*. Twenty-eight
units of assessment overall received 5 or 5* ratings,
including virtually all the science and engineering departments.
RAE 2001 results confirm Leeds' position as a top-ten
research university, now placed 7th nationally for its
number of highly-rated researchers. And a calculation
of 'research power' taking into account the number
of researchers in each subject area and their scores
puts Leeds 8th out of 173 institutions taking part in
the press release on Leeds' RAE success