REF outcome: English at Aberdeen in the top 5 in the UK

REF outcome: English at Aberdeen in the top 5 in the UK

In the 2014 REF exercise, English at Aberdeen – which consists of English Literature and Linguistics – has once again been rated as one of the top units in the UK. Over 90% of its submissions were ranked at 3* or 4* and on this measure Aberdeen was second in the UK. On the measure of the proportion of its 4* submissions, it was ranked 5th in the UK by the THES. The result is even more impressive given that Aberdeen is one of the smallest English units in the UK, submitting 22 out of a possible 24 staff. Professor Cairns Craig, Head of the School of Language and Literature, said that the 2014 result showed that the result in 2008, when Aberdeen was rated 11th equal overall, was no accident – English at Aberdeen had built an impressive team of internationally outstanding scholars in all areas of English literature from medieval to modern, as well as across the spectrum of Linguistics. Every single person in the unit had had work rated 3* or 4*, making Aberdeen one of the best places in the UK to study English. Professor Craig added that Aberdeen’s submission for modern languages and film had also been highly rated, at nearly 60% 3* and 4*, and that the trajectory of development in those disciplines was following the outstanding progress in English, which had been barely in the top 40 in the UK in the RAE of 2001. ‘To improve by thirty places in the rankings in just over a decade’, he said, ‘is indicative not only of the quality of the staff in the School of Language and Literature but of a research culture that helps those staff to flourish’. He noted in particular the range of interdisciplinary research centres with which the School was associated and how they had helped foster groundbreaking new areas of research as well as prize-winning creative writing. ‘This result confirms Aberdeen’s place in the very top flight of University English and we will continue to support and develop our researchers to make internationally significant contributions to their disciplines.’

Search News

Browse by Month

2020

  1. Jan
  2. Feb There are no items to show for February 2020
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun
  7. Jul
  8. Aug There are no items to show for August 2020
  9. Sep There are no items to show for September 2020
  10. Oct There are no items to show for October 2020
  11. Nov There are no items to show for November 2020
  12. Dec There are no items to show for December 2020

2019

  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr There are no items to show for April 2019
  5. May
  6. Jun There are no items to show for June 2019
  7. Jul There are no items to show for July 2019
  8. Aug There are no items to show for August 2019
  9. Sep There are no items to show for September 2019
  10. Oct There are no items to show for October 2019
  11. Nov There are no items to show for November 2019
  12. Dec There are no items to show for December 2019

2018

  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun There are no items to show for June 2018
  7. Jul There are no items to show for July 2018
  8. Aug There are no items to show for August 2018
  9. Sep There are no items to show for September 2018
  10. Oct
  11. Nov
  12. Dec There are no items to show for December 2018

2017

  1. Jan
  2. Feb There are no items to show for February 2017
  3. Mar There are no items to show for March 2017
  4. Apr
  5. May There are no items to show for May 2017
  6. Jun There are no items to show for June 2017
  7. Jul There are no items to show for July 2017
  8. Aug There are no items to show for August 2017
  9. Sep There are no items to show for September 2017
  10. Oct
  11. Nov There are no items to show for November 2017
  12. Dec There are no items to show for December 2017

2016

  1. Jan There are no items to show for January 2016
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr There are no items to show for April 2016
  5. May
  6. Jun There are no items to show for June 2016
  7. Jul There are no items to show for July 2016
  8. Aug There are no items to show for August 2016
  9. Sep There are no items to show for September 2016
  10. Oct There are no items to show for October 2016
  11. Nov There are no items to show for November 2016
  12. Dec There are no items to show for December 2016

2015

  1. Jan There are no items to show for January 2015
  2. Feb There are no items to show for February 2015
  3. Mar There are no items to show for March 2015
  4. Apr There are no items to show for April 2015
  5. May
  6. Jun There are no items to show for June 2015
  7. Jul There are no items to show for July 2015
  8. Aug There are no items to show for August 2015
  9. Sep There are no items to show for September 2015
  10. Oct There are no items to show for October 2015
  11. Nov There are no items to show for November 2015
  12. Dec There are no items to show for December 2015

2014

  1. Jan There are no items to show for January 2014
  2. Feb There are no items to show for February 2014
  3. Mar There are no items to show for March 2014
  4. Apr There are no items to show for April 2014
  5. May
  6. Jun There are no items to show for June 2014
  7. Jul There are no items to show for July 2014
  8. Aug There are no items to show for August 2014
  9. Sep
  10. Oct There are no items to show for October 2014
  11. Nov There are no items to show for November 2014
  12. Dec