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RAE 2001 Results

With 72% of its total academic staff complement placed in prestigious 5/5* units, the hallmark of which is a significant component of their research attaining international excellence, the University of St Andrews tops the league tables in Scotland in this regard and is within the top 10 UK-wide.

St Andrews is also the only university in Scotland with no grades lower than 4, meaning that all of its departments have achieved international excellence in some aspects of their research. 89% of staff were entered for assessment in RAE 2001, among the highest percentages in the UK.

The message here is that all students coming to St Andrews can be assured of being taught by staff with international reputations for research excellence.

The table below shows our performance in the 2001 RAE.

Results of RAE 2001
UoA Subject Rating Staff
13 Psychology 5* 23.7(A)
14 Biological Sciences 5 45.0(B)
18 Chemistry 5 23.0(C)
19 Physics 5 27.0(B)
22 Pure Maths 5 7.0(B)
23 Applied Maths 5 15.0(B)
24 Statistics & Operational Research 5 6.0(A)
25 Computer Science 5 13.0(A)
35 Geography 4 18.0(B)
37 Anthropology 5 7.0(A)
38 Economics & Econometrics 4 16.3(B)
39 Politics & International Studies 5 11.0(A)
43 Business & Management Studies 4 12.0(A)
50 English Language & Literature 5* 17.0(B)
51 French 4 13.0(B)
52 German 4 5.0(C)
54 Russian 4 4.0(A)
55 Iberian 5 7.0(A)
57 Classics 5 11.0(B)
59 History 5 34.0(B)
60 History of Art 5 13.1(A)
62 Philosophy 5 16.7(A)
63 Theology 5 14.5(A)

Graph of results for St Andrews (by rating)

Graph of RAE 2001 results for the University of St Andrews, by rating.

Distribution of research active staff by rating in RAE2001 for all Scottish Higher Education Institutions (HEI)

Scottish HEIs Research active staff by rating (%)
1 2 3b 3a 4 5 5* % in 5/5*
University of St Andrews 0 0 0 0 19 70 11 81
University of Edinburgh 0 0 0 4 22 49 25 74
University of Glasgow 0 0 0 4 29 59 8 67
University of Stirling 0 0 6 7 32 54 0 54
University of Dundee 0 0 1 5 48 23 23 46
University of Strathclyde 0 0 2 6 54 39 0 39
University of Aberdeen 0 0 0 14 54 30 2 32
Heriot-Watt University 0 6 4 1 65 16 7 23
University of Paisley 0 38 15 35 9 2 0 2
Glasgow School of Art 0 0 0 0 100 0 0 0
Edinburgh College of Art 0 0 5 10 86 0 0 0
University of the Highlands and Islands 0 25 0 0 75 0 0 0
Glasgow Caledonian University 5 5 16 43 31 0 0 0
Napier University 0 5 27 38 30 0 0 0
Queen Margaret University College 0 27 18 40 16 0 0 0
University of Abertay Dundee 0 0 56 30 14 0 0 0
Robert Gordon University 0 12 41 48 0 0 0 0
Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama 0 0 100 0 0 0 0 0

Download the complete table and graph: RAE 2001 Results for Scotland (PDF, 47 KB)

Explanation of terminology

Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)

The most recent RAE was conducted in 2001 for all universities and colleges in the UK giving a quality rating for research across all disciplines in each Higher Education Institution (HEI). Assessment panels used a standard scale to award a rating for each submission. Ratings range from 1 to 5*, according to how much of the work is judged to reach national or international levels of excellence.

The RAE provides benchmarks which are used by institutions in developing and managing their research strategies. Scottish HEIs receive a "Quality Research" (QR) grant as part of their annual block grant from the Scottish Funding Council based on the RAE outcome.

UoA

Unit of Assessment. This column gives the reference number used to identify the Unit of Assessment in the RAE documentation.

Staff

The number of Research Active Academic Staff in post in St Andrews on the census date (31 March 2001 in the case of the 2001 RAE) and submitted for assessment.

The capital letter in brackets following the number indicates the proportion of staff in the Unit submitted as research active:

  • A: 95-100%
  • B: 80-94.9%
  • C: 60-79.9%
  • D: 40-59.9%
Rating 5* (five star)

Attainable levels of international excellence in more than half of the research activity submitted and attainable levels of national excellence in the remainder.

Rating 5

Attainable levels of international excellence in up to half of the research activity submitted and to attainable levels of national excellence in virtually all of the remainder.

Rating 4

Attainable levels of national excellence in virtually all of the research activity submitted, showing some levels of international excellence.

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Research Policy Office

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: 01334 467220

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