RAE 2008: Results and rankings

RAE 2008 results are now out (effective 18 December 2008)

Many, many ways to calculate rankings from the data but arguably the most authoritative and convincing one comes from Research Fortnight:

Research Fortnight Power Rankings 2008

1 Oxford
2 CambridgeRAE
3 UCL
4 Manchester
5 Edinburgh
6 Imperial
7 Nottingham
8 Leeds
9 Sheffield
10 Bristol
11 King’s College
12 Birmingham
13 Southampton
14 Glasgow
15 Warwick
16 Cardiff
17 Newcastle
18 Liverpool
19 Durham
20 Queen Mary

The Times Higher rankings can be found here. They are using a Grade Point Average (ie no direct indication of volume). The Guardian’s calculations are here. Not very different from THE and using GPA again which shows excellent performance for institutions with slightly smaller strong submissions including Essex, Warwick and York. All of the tables show a very good improvement by Queen Mary in particular but also Nottingham.

Other analysis is awaited…

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Chemical Christmas

What element would you like for Christmas? The “Periodic Table of Videos” team, along with a few other people at the University of Nottingham’s School of Chemistry, have provided some answers. Best of all, they are accompanied by the no doubt soon to be famous, Chemical Sisters.

90 years of Universities UK: exciting book of facts

Universities UK celebrates 90 years

To mark this notable event, and presumably to provide stocking fillers for many lucky Vice-Chancellors, UUK has released an exciting book of facts:

Did you know that the first official rules of football were influenced by student footballers at the University of Cambridge Football Club?

Or that the University of Bradford is the only University to have had a serving Prime Minister as Chancellor – Harold Wilson

Me neither.

This light-hearted booklet provides 90 “quirky and surprising facts” about universities it seems. Including the following: uniuk240px

Originally called the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals (CVCP), Universities UK’s first meeting took place on 22 November 1918, one week after the end of the First World War. Looking at the minutes from this first meeting, (where one of the points agreed was that the cost of a PhD was not to exceed £10!), it is clear that the sector has undergone major developments since then, with universities constantly re-inventing themselves and the sector growing in both size and diversity. Indeed, in 1922, around 20% of women attended university compared to 55% today, and on average 10,000 first-degrees were conferred, compared to 260,000 in 2006/7.

Surely though it can’t be correct that 20% in the twenties (when only a tiny percentage of the whole population went to university) or 55% of all women attend university?

via Media releases – Newsroom – Universities UK