Building an international profile
The results of RAE 2008 have fully confirmed Glasgow Caledonian University’s international profile in research. This assessment of our quality is particularly important because the RAE is a rigorous exercise which is peer-reviewed by academics and end-users of research. As such it provides the evidence needed to benchmark both the quality and the impact of what we do.
World-leading, internationally-recognised researchers
We made submissions to 14 units of assessment across the spectrum of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, technology and science. We are proud, therefore, that all 14 of our units submitted demonstrated international research excellence in their profile. The headline results include:
30% of the researchers we submitted were judged to be producing research at a level that is world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).
Over 70% of the staff submitted were categorised as producing research that is internationally recognised.
These results clearly recognise the University’s research strength across the whole range of our activities and mark the significant consolidation of our position since RAE 2001.
As a university committed to our belief in the practical benefits to society and the economy of research conducted at the highest level we are, however, particularly pleased by the following results:
Allied Health Professions
Our submission in Allied Health Professions places us overall in the top ten universities in the UK. In the area of rehabilitative health sciences in particular, which deals with the improvement of long-term health conditions such as arthritis and stroke, we are judged to be the top research unit in the UK, ahead of such longstanding centres of excellence as King’s London, Southampton and Manchester.
Built and Natural Environment
Our submission in the Built and Natural Environment places us in the top twenty universities in the UK and, in research on sustainable urban environments and building design as well as the field of waste management and recycling, as the leading university in Scotland.
These results reinforce and provide the springboard to take forward our strategic vision to support world-leading research in selected areas of strategic focus. We have already established two interdisciplinary Institutes to develop research in key areas of Health and Social Justice.
In addition, and building on the RAE 2008 funding stream, the University will invest this year in over 20 new academic posts, predominantly at Professorial and Reader level, to ensure the research leadership needed to sustain our position in those areas in which we are pre-eminent.