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Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)

The Research Assessment Exercise is a peer review exercise to evaluate the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. This assessment informs the selective distribution of funds by the UK higher education funding bodies.

Details of the next RAE in 2008 are available on the RAE 2008 web-site.

RAE 2008 will provide quality profiles for research in each HEI across all disciplines. The main body of the assessment will take place in 2007-08, with outcomes to be published by the funding bodies in December 2008.

Information on previous RAEs, held in 2001, 1996, and 1992, is available on the HERO web-site.

Research assessment review

RAE 2008 follows a major review of research assessment that took place in 2002-03.

The review was commissioned by the four UK HE funding bodies and led by Sir Gareth Roberts, President of Wolfson College, Oxford. The final report of the review was issued in May 2003 with a joint consultation by the funding bodies (HEFCE 2003/22) on recommendations that related to the process of assessment.

For further information on the research assessment review see the RA Review web-site.

Last updated 12 July 2007