Skip to main content

University of Warwick ranked in top ten in UK for research

The results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) again reiterate the  University of Warwick’s position as one of the UK’s leading research universities, with Warwick ranked at 7th overall in the UK and the top University in the Midlands.

The Times, Guardian, Independent, Times Higher, and Birmingham Post all rank Warwick as the top University in the Midlands in their RAE tables. 

The RAE is a UK-wide exercise run on behalf of the four UK higher education funding bodies. Early analysis of the 2008 results place a significant number of Warwick departments in the top 10 in the UK in their unit of assessment:

  • Film Studies 1st
  • Warwick HRI 1st
  • History 2nd
  • Mathematics (Pure) 2nd
  • French 2nd
  • Economics 3rd
  • Italian 3rd
  • Classics 4th
  • Statistics 4th
  • Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies 5th
  • Warwick Business School 5th
  • Mathematics (applied) 7th
  • Politics 7th
  • Chemistry 8th
  • English 8th
  • Institute of Education 8th
  • Sociology 8th
  • Engineering 10th
  • Warwick Medical School (Health Services Research) 10th

A total of 65% of the University’s research activity was ranked in the top two at a quality levels (3* or 4*). Warwick achieved a 35% increase in the number of staff it submitted in RAE2008 compared to RAE2001, the third largest increase in the Russell Group, and submitted almost 90% of its staff to RAE2008.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Thrift said: "This positive result is the outcome of much hard work and commitment on the part of staff at Warwick. This is a wonderful recognition of that work and will serve to ensure Warwick builds an even more prominent national and international research profile."

Further information

Full results of the RAE and further details can be obtained from

Times table here: table 

Link to Birmingham Post Article



For further information please contact:

Peter Dunn, Press and Media Relations Manager
Communications Office, University House,
University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 8UW, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)24 76 523708
Mobile/Cell: +44 (0)7767 655860


18th December 2008