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RAE Results 2001

LSE improves its research excellence further

In the latest national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) published in December 2001, LSE came second overall behind Cambridge and submitted 97 per cent of its staff, more than any other UK university.

This time seven subject areas received the highest grade of 5* for research quality - compared with four in the last RAE in 1996.

In total, LSE received 12 grades of 5 and 5* for all but one of its units of assessment, with excellence being maintained or improved overall.

LSE's Director Professor Anthony Giddens said: 'These results mean that while LSE is undoubtedly still the best social science institution in the UK, the School has also taken silver medal position behind Cambridge when it comes to overall research quality in the UK for the institution as a whole, when you look at numbers of research staff submitted for assessment.

'We have achieved this with a great deal of hard work and an ongoing commitment to maintaining high standards, despite the constant financial struggle to balance research with teaching priorities. We hope these RAE results, in recognising the quality of the work we and others do, is a catalyst for more funding for research into crucial social science areas.'

RAE results table 

% submitted

1.

University of Cambridge

96

2.

LSE

97

3.

University of Oxford

95

4.

Imperial College

87

5.

University of Warwick

91

6.

University of York

93

7.

University College London

88

8.

University of Southampton

90

9.

Lancaster University

90

10

University of St. Andrews

89

Subject grades for LSE (previous grade in brackets)

Economics and Econometrics

5* (5*)

Social Policy and Administration

5* (5*)

Accounting and Finance

5* (5)

Anthropology

5* (5)

International History

5* (5)

Law

5* (5)

Philosophy

5* (5)

Economic History

5 (5*)

Politics and International Studies

5 (5*)

Business & Management Studies

5 (5)

Geography

5 (4)

Sociology

5 (4)

Statistics & Operational Research

4 (4)

Important note: some subject areas do not relate directly to LSE departments. The School's Operational Research Department and Information Systems Department were submitted as part of the Business and Management subject area; the Social Psychology Department as part of Sociology.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), which compiles the RAE, does not produce league tables as such, only raw data. LSE has calculated these scores based on the percentage of staff submitted. This method was used in a number of national newspapers, including the Financial Times.

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