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Sociology’s research rated top in Scotland and 6th equal in UK

We are delighted to announce our results for the Research Assessment Exercise 2008.

The RAE panel gave our research activity these ratings:

  • 30% world-leading (4-star)
  • 25% internationally excellent (3-star)
  • 35% recognized internationally (2-star)
  • 10% recognized nationally (1-star)

That's equal sixth-best in the UK by average star-rating.  We also put in for assessment more people than all but one of the departments ranked above us by star-rating (Edinburgh's was the fourth-largest Sociology submission in the UK, after Cardiff, Manchester and Loughborough).

Donald MacKenzie, Edinburgh Sociology's research convenor, said: "The combination of a great star-rating and a big submission is terrific, because the amount of money universities get depends on both of these.  Our submission was twice as big as in the last RAE (2001).  Every single eligible person was included, and half the submission was early-career people who got their jobs only in 2001 or later."

The submission was an inclusive and multidisciplinary one, including not just members of the Sociology Subject Area but also people in Edinburgh's Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation (ISSTI), the Centre for African Studies, the ESRC Genomics Forum, the Institute of Governance, and School of Informatics.  Read our submission here.

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