School of Mathematics and Physics

The announcement of the results for RAE 2008 has shown that Physics at Queen's is now ranked 11 out of 42 in terms of research power. Physics also made the largest contribution of any Unit of Assessment to the overall Queen's research power, which places the University in the top 20.

Half of the research submitted by Physics at Queen's was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent, while 90% was recognised as being of international quality.

Speaking about the success Head of School, Professor Francis Keenan said: “This is a fantastic result for Physics at Queen's. We submitted 90% of our eligible staff in RAE 2008, and our grading reflects not only the strength of Physics at Queen's, but also its depth.”

Pure Mathematics at Queen's has achieved a dramatic improvement in the 2008 RAE. In 2001 75% of staff were submitted with two-thirds of their output deemed to be of national excellence. In 2008 90% of staff were submitted with 95% of their output deemed to be of international quality, with 45% rated as world- leading or internationally excellent. Only two other submissions of a similar or smaller size obtained better results.

Congratulating staff on the results, Professor Anthony Wickstead, Director of the Pure Mathematics Research Centre, said: “This is a great result for Pure Mathematics at Queen's. Our dramatic improvement since 2001 shows that we have delivered on the significant investment made in Pure Mathematics over the last number of years.”