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Durham University

Department of Archaeology


RAE 2008 – Durham Archaeology research rated top in UK

Durham Archaeology has been ranked as the best in the UK in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) for 2008, with the highest overall score and highest percentage of 4* (World Class) and 3* (Internationally Excellent) research. This recognises the excellence of all our research activities including publications, grants, research postgraduates and academic esteem. This success is a reflection of the high levels of commitment Durham University has given Archaeology over the past six years, facilitating our vibrant research culture. 

Professor Tom McLeish, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Durham says: "This is a fantastic result for Archaeology at Durham University reflecting the international breadth and significance of the Department's research." Dr. Mark White, Head of Department in Archaeology adds: “We are absolutely delighted; what is particularly pleasing is the fact that we submitted every one of our academic lecturing staff for assessment, so this result shows international excellence across all our research areas.”

What does Durham's RAE result really mean for prospective students? Original and innovative research means that you can expect to be taught by world-leading experts. More importantly, we invite you to actively participate in our research environment through seminars, conferences, workshops and fieldwork. Our RAE result sits alongside our recent ranking in the Times Good University Guide 2010 as one of the top two Archaeology departments in the UK based on statistics including the National Student Survey.