Research assessment

The University of Bristol is among the UK's top research universities, according to the outcome of RAE2008, the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Nearly 93% of research at the University was deemed to be of an international standard. Furthermore, our outstanding results positioned the University in 12th place in the UK out of only 17 multi-disciplinary institutions for whom over 60% of their research was awarded the top two ratings, 4* and 3* (defined respectively as 'world-leading' and 'internationally excellent').

These results confirm that Bristol is producing an exceptional volume of truly outstanding research. Our established areas of excellence have continued to perform at the highest levels, and new areas are establishing themselves as world leading or internationally excellent.
Vice Chancellor's press comment

An institution's RAE2008 outcome is presented as individual quality profiles for each subject area, showing the percentage of research meeting each of the four quality levels. The results are used by HEFCE to determine each institution's level of annual Government research funding. In 2009-10, the University of Bristol was allocated the 8th highest share of research funding in the UK.


The University's RAE2008 results, showing the quality profiles for each of its 48 Units of Assessment.


Lesley Dinsdale
Head of Research and Enterprise Policy
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