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Research Assessment Exercise 2008 results: Top ten in Statistics and O.R.

Warwick Statistics, RAE 2008 profile (rounded to nearest percentage point):

4*   3*   2*   1*   Uncl.
27%   43%   29%   1%   0%

(For explanation see below.)

Top 10 departments nationally in Statistics and Operational Research:

    Rankings based on:
    Percent at 4*   Volume at 4*
1   Oxford   Oxford (24.5)
2   Cambridge   Warwick (24.0)
3   Warwick   Bristol (23.0)
4   Imperial   Cambridge (16.0)
5   Leeds   Southampton (28.0)
6   Bristol   Lancaster (21.7)
7   Nottingham   Imperial (13.9)
8   Bath   Bath (15.0)
9   Kent   Leeds (11.0)
10   Manchester   LSE (13.0)

In parentheses are the numbers (FTE) of "Category A" researchers whose work was submitted to RAE 2008 for assessment. The volume of 4* work is calculated in the obvious way as (percentage at 4*) × (number of researchers). For example in the case of Warwick the volume of 4* work is 27% × 24.0.

A bit more explanation

The rankings displayed here are based on the detailed RAE profiles and sub-profiles published in March 2009 (not the coarsely rounded versions that appeared in December 2008). They relate only to the results from RAE panel F22 (Statistics and Operational Research).

In RAE 2008 the outcome for each submitted department was a 5-component numerical profile, giving the percentage of research activity assessed at each of five RAE quality levels:

4* Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
3* Quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which nonetheless falls short of the highest standards of excellence.
2* Quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
1* Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
Unclassified Quality that falls below the standard of nationally recognised work. Or work which does not meet the published definition of research for the purposes of this assessment.

Related links:

RAE 2008 website
RAE 2001 website

[At the previous RAE in 2001 the results were reported on a different scale. Warwick was one of just six Statistics groups to be awarded the maximum 5* classification in 2001; the other five were Bristol, Cambridge, Kent, Lancaster and Oxford.]