The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) assesses the quality of research in universities and colleges in the UK enabling the higher education funding bodies to distribute public funds for research selectively on the basis of quality.
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31 October 2006 - Applications invited for RAE panel advisers and panel secretaries

31 August 2006 - RAE2008 data collection system pilot released

6 June 2006 - RAE team presentations from the May 2006 briefing seminars are available for HEIs to consult

Key publications

RAE 01/2006 - Panel criteria and working methods

RAE 03/2005 - Guidance on submissions

The Research Assessment Exercise is conducted jointly by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland (DEL).

The primary purpose of the RAE 2008 is to produce quality profiles for each submission of research activity made by institution. The four higher education funding bodies intend to use the quality profiles to determine their grant for research to the institution which they fund with effect from 2009-10. Any higher education institution (HEI) in the UK that is eligible to receive research funding from one of these bodies is eligible to participate in the exercise.