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RAE 2008 Results

Durham was independently assessed as having world-class research in every single area of assessment across the sciences, social sciences and humanities.

The results show that:

  • 19% of our research was graded at 4 Star - world-leading
  • 59% of our research was graded at 3 Star or above -  internationally excellent
  • 90% of our research was of international quality, 2 Star or above
  • Durham is the most research intensive of the 1994 Group of Universities (when taking into account both the quality and volume of research activity)*

* Based on a ranking of the percentage of research at 4*+ 3* quality, weighted by market share of staff  

Many of Durham's departments, including Applied Maths, Archaeology, Geography, German, and Theology and Religion are ranked among the best in the UK.

Funding success 

The results of the RAE determine how much money the University will be awarded for its general research activities from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as well as feeding in to league tables.  On 5th March, HEFCE announced that this would total £70.3m for the academic year 2009-10 - an overall increase of 4.5 per cent (£3 m) on the current academic year.

Funding for research stands at £25.3m – showing an increase of 5.5 per cent (£1.3m) on the current year. Teaching receives £43m, a 2.7 per cent (£1.1m) increase in funding on this year. The teaching grant includes an additional £281,000 for 59 additional student numbers in strategically important and vulnerable subjects, such as Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics for 2009/10. The University is guaranteed a similar increase in 2010/11.

Professor Chris Higgins, Vice-Chancellor, Durham University, said: “This funding award reflects and will further enhance the excellent world-class research and teaching environment that Durham offers its students and staff.

“The additional investment will also benefit the many communities we work with regionally, nationally and globally on knowledge transfer, educational and outreach initiatives and much more.”