Aberdeen among the top-rated departments for English.

In the Research Assessment Exercise whose results were announced in December 2008 Aberdeen’s English Department was rated 14th out of 97 in the UK with 30% of its research being rated as ‘world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour’, and 95% of its total research output being of a quality that is ‘recognised internationally’.

This puts English at Aberdeen in the top flight of English Departments in the UK (only one place behind the University of Cambridge). Its overall grade average of 2.900 puts it very close to the top scoring departments (York with 3.150 and Edinburgh with 3.050, both very much larger units than Aberdeen). The fact that only 5% of its submission was classified as 1* and none lower than that testifies to the sustained quality of the department’s research.

Its research environment and plans were rated entirely at 4* (70%) and 3* (30%), indicating how rich and intensive is the culture which has been built up through its various research Centres, including the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, the Walter Scott Centre, the Centre for the Novel, the Centre for Early Modern Studies, and the Centre for Modern Thought.

To view the complete RAE 2008 results for the discipline of English follow this link to the RAE Website.