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York has again shown its research strength and quality across the board with some exceptional individual results.

Professor Alastair Fitter, PVC for Research  2004-2010

Research performance

Research performance in UK universities is measured by the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), which takes place over a seven-year time period. It is an exhaustive measure of the value delivered by a university's research portfolio.

The RAE has a direct bearing on the Quality-related Research (QR) funding the University receives from the Higher Education Funding Council for England. 

Combined with our range of externally-won contracts, York is one of the few universities where research income exceeds teaching income. 

These results will help us secure our research base and continue to build our reputation as one of the world’s leading research universities.

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RAE results

Research Assessment Exercise 2008

Research Assessment Exercise 2001

The University of York performed superbly in the most recent RAE, carried out in 2008, with results placing the University among the ten leading institutions in the UK for research.

Twelve departments were ranked in the top ten in the country with almost all departments in the top 20. More than 90 per cent of the University's academic staff had their work submitted for consideration, so the results accurately reflect the scale and quality of York’s research activity.