School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Results of the Research Assessment Exercise, 2008

The number of History staff at Edinburgh ranked world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research and Assessment Exercise, in 2008, was the highest of any university in Scotland and the third highest in the UK, an achievement exceeded only by Oxford and Cambridge. The panel reported that in Research Environment,"the majority of the activity was outstanding, the rest excellent". Esteem Indicators "were found overall to be outstanding", giving a joint overall score of 4* (or world leading) in these categories.

Sixty percent of the 60.98 full time equivalent staff included in the assessment were awarded the top 4* and 3* grades. This equated to 36.6 full time equivalent staff members.

A further 8.1 full time equivalent staff within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology were also ranked world-leading or internationally excellent by the Classics RePanel.

Thus, collectively, History and Classics at Edinburgh have the third highest numbers of 4* and 3* staff within these disciplines in the UK.

Unit of Assessment 62 results

Scotland

Rank Institution name Combined % of 3* & 4* FTE Category A staff submitted Number of staff in 3* & 4*
1 University of Edinburgh 60 60.98 36.59
2 University of St Andrews 60 41.49 24.89
3 University of Glasgow 60 41.00 24.60
4 University of Aberdeen 60 25.60 15.36
5 University of Dundee 65 16.00 10.40
6 University of Stirling 50 18.50 9.25
7 University of Strathclyde 40 15.10 6.04
8 Glasgow Caledonian University 35 7.00 2.45

UK

Rank Institution name Combined % 3* & 4* FTE of Category A staff submitted Number of staff in 3* & 4&
1 University of Oxford 70 109.00 76.30
2 University of Cambridge 65 102.00 66.30
3 University of Edinburgh 60 60.98 36.59
4 University College London 65 49.00 31.85
5 London School of Economics and Political Science 65 48.35 31.43
6 University of Warwick 75 36.75 27.56
7 University of St Andrews 60 41.49 24.89

The University's position as one of the world's leading research universities has been reaffirmed by the 2008 UK RAE results.