Most UK researchers are ‘world class’?

The 67 expert Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) panels said that another 33% was “internationally recognised”.The results will decide universities’ shares of more than £1.5bn, a third of the available research funding. But the funding council has had to defend the way institutions could choose which staff would be assessed.

The results give no indication what proportion of staff in any area were put forward.

“Universities were selective in their strategies for submission,” said David Eastwood, chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce), which co-ordinated the UK-wide exercise.

The RAE was last conducted in 2001 though in a different form – so comparisons between the results then and now are not readily possible.

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