2008 Research Assessment Exercise

Institution: H-0001 Open University
Number of submissions: 21

Activity (%) at
each quality level
Unit of Assessment FTE
staff
4* 3* 2* 1* U
14 Biological Sciences 18.80 5 20 45 25 5
17 Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences 52.80 15 55 25 5 0
20 Pure Mathematics 16.50 5 25 40 30 0
22 Statistics and Operational Research 7.00 10 40 45 5 0
23 Computer Science and Informatics 24.00 25 45 30 0 0
29 Metallurgy and Materials 6.00 5 45 40 10 0
32 Geography and Environmental Studies 18.00 20 35 40 5 0
35 Accounting and Finance 4.50 10 25 30 20 15
36 Business and Management Studies 33.40 5 35 40 20 0
40 Social Work and Social Policy & Administration 12.30 10 50 35 5 0
41 Sociology 42.30 20 35 30 15 0
43 Development Studies 22.21 15 30 40 15 0
45 Education 77.01 10 35 40 15 0
57 English Language and Literature 14.85 15 50 25 10 0
59 Classics, Ancient History, Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies 10.00 5 25 55 15 0
60 Philosophy 8.00 0 40 55 5 0
61 Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies 10.00 15 20 40 25 0
62 History 20.60 10 30 50 10 0
63 Art and Design 16.80 35 45 10 10 0
64 History of Art, Architecture and Design 12.00 25 40 35 0 0
67 Music 11.50 15 30 50 5 0
Note: U=unclassified

Description of the RAE results

  1. The RAE quality profiles present in blocks of 5% the proportion of each submission judged by the panels to have met each of the quality levels defined in Table 1. Work that fell below national quality or was not recognised as research was unclassified. Table 1 Definitions of quality levels
    4* Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

    3* Quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which nonetheless falls short of the highest standards of excellence.

    2* Quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

    1* Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

    Unclassified Quality that falls below the standard of nationally recognised work. Or work which does not meet the published definition of research for the purposes of this assessment.
  2. The 'international' criterion equates to a level of excellence that it was reasonable to expect for the UOA, even though there may be no current examples of such a level in the UK or elsewhere. It should be noted that 'national' and 'international' refer to standards, not to the nature or geographical scope of particular subjects. 42. The results are published as a series of tables, one for each UOA. Each table contains the quality profile awarded to each HEI that made a submission to the UOA concerned. Alongside each submission's quality profile is the full-time equivalent (FTE) number2 of Category A3 staff included in that submission. We have also presented results ordered by institution on the RAE web-site at www.rae.ac.uk.

  3. Where the quality profile awarded is to a joint submission made by two or more HEIs, this is noted in the relevant UOA table. 44. National comparative data are included in Annex D. For each UOA, this gives the average quality profile of all submissions to the UOA (mean average, weighted for staff volume); and the minimum, lower quartile, median, upper quartile and maximum percentage for each quality level from 4* to unclassified. 2 The FTE numbers of staff included in these tables is a snapshot taken at the end of the assessment phase (November 2008).

Further details from the Research Assessment Exercise web site.



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