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School's Research Number One in Scotland

The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise results are out and we are far above the UK average.

The School is proud to have contributed to the University of Edinburgh's continued success in producing high quality research.

The School is excited about the results that show that this is an outstanding performance, with both Social Anthropology and Sociology holding their places in the top tier, Social Policy / Social Work making an enormous jump, and Politics and IR also improving dramatically and jumping up the rankings.  In each of these areas our researchers were ranked the top in Scotland.

Head of School, Professor Anthony Good praised the community of researchers within the school.

"Congratulations to everyone for the wonderful RAE results. I am delighted, though not surprised, by the extent to which the quality of your work has been recognised by the RAE panels.

I am especially pleased that all four units of assessment easily exceeded the 50% mark in terms of producing work of international standard, and that they did so in a very inclusive way, by returning far more colleagues than ever before.

Well done everyone, and feel free to enjoy yourselves over Christmas! "

Break Down of Results

School Overall

  • 25% of activity classified as world-leading (4*)
  • 34% internationally excellent (3*)
  • 28% recognized internationally (2*)
  • 12% recognized nationally (1*)

Subject Specific Results

  • UoA42 - Anthropology - average grade 2.7 - Equal First in Scotland, 5th equal in UK
  • UoA39 - Politics and International Relations - average grade 2.5 - Top in Scotland 11th in UK
  • UoA40 - Social Policy and Social Work - average grade 2.9 - Top in Scotland 7th in UK
  • UoA41 - Sociology (inc Science, Technology and Innovation Studies) - average grade 2.8 - Top in Scotland, equal 6th in UK

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