Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter J Gregson

Queen’s confirmed as top 20 UK university

The University has received details of its performance in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). I am delighted to advise you that the results have been outstanding, with Queen’s further strengthening its position as an international research-led university.

Summarised below are some of the main highlights of our performance:

  • The Research Power Index, which measures the quality and quantity of research, places us in the top 20 universities in the UK.

  • Queen’s has 11 subject areas ranked within the top 10 in the UK and 24 in the top 20.

  • All areas at Queen’s had research assessed as world leading, ie 4*.

  • 25 of the 38 Units of Assessment submitted had 50 per cent or more of the research activity recognised as world leading or internationally excellent (4* + 3*).

This outstanding performance in RAE 2008 is a fitting close to our eventful centenary year. Our success in the RAE is as a result of the hard work, commitment and effort of staff from across the University in all Schools and Directorates. My congratulations to all involved.

Professor Peter J Gregson

President and Vice-Chancellor