The University of York performed superbly in the RAE 2008:

  • Results placed the University among the ten leading institutions in the UK for research
  • Almost all departments in the top 20
  • 90% + staff submission rate.

Departmental results

DepartmentRAE comment
ARCHAEOLOGY Ranked 6th for 4* research, and with 90% of research judged to be of 'international' standard.
BIOLOGY Ranked equal 1st among broad spectrum bioscience departments in the UK for quality that was judged to be world-leading.
CHEMISTRY Ranked 3rd among UK chemistry departments, with 75% of research assessed as internationally excellent.
COMPUTER SCIENCE Confirmed as a leading research department in the last three RAEs, and in the top 10 in 2008 for 'research power'.
ECONOMICS Ranked 8th for 'research power', and a strong performer in all previous RAEs.
EDUCATIONAL STUDIES Ranked in the top 10 of education departments in the UK.
ELECTRONICS The majority of research assessed as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent', with excellent 'output' scores.
ENGLISH Ranked 1st. Officially recognised as the UK's best Department of English for research.
ENVIRONMENT 60% of research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.
HEALTH ECONOMICS York ranked 1st for health services research.
HEALTH SCIENCES Ranked joint 1st for health services research, and 4th for nursing and midwifery.
HISTORY A majority of research rated 'internationally excellent' or 'world-leading'.
HISTORY OF ART The RAE places York 2nd for 4*, or 'world-leading', research in History of Art.
LANGUAGE AND LINGUISTICS Ranked 2nd in the UK for linguistic research with a high proportion of staff entered.
YORK MANAGEMENT SCHOOL One of the highest scores among small research intensive business schools in the 2008 RAE.
MATHEMATICS Assessed for both pure and applied research, and scoring highly in both categories.
MUSIC Ranked joint 2nd for 4*, or world-class, research in the 2008 RAE.
PHILOSOPHY Another top 20 department, with over half of research measured as world-leading or internationally excellent.
PHYSICS Another top 20 department with over half of research of internationally excellent or world-leading quality.
POLITICS A top 20 department for research quality in the UK, and consistently strong in successive RAEs.
PSYCHOLOGY Ranked 6th in the UK, and a strong performer in all previous RAEs.
REVIEWS AND DISSEMINATION York ranked 1st for health services research.
SOCIAL POLICY AND SOCIAL WORK Social Policy and Social Work at York ranked 5th in the UK by the 2008 RAE.
SOCIOLOGY Ranked joint 1st nationally among UK universities in the 2008 RAE.

Units of assessment

A full breakdown of the results according to the RAE units of assessment is shown in the table below.

Unit of Assessment Name4*3*2*1*UnclassifiedAverage
Music 50% 25% 20% 5% 0% 3.2
English Language and Literature 45% 30% 20% 5% 0% 3.15
History of Art, Architecture and Design 45% 25% 25% 5% 0% 3.1
Health Services Research 35% 40% 20% 5% 0% 3.05
Nursing and Midwifery 35% 35% 25% 5% 0% 3
Computer Science and Informatics 25% 50% 20% 5% 0% 2.95
Chemistry 15% 60% 25% 0% 0% 2.9
Sociology 40% 30% 35% 5% 0% 2.85
Social Work and Social Policy & Administration 25% 40% 30% 5% 0% 2.85
Linguistics 20% 45% 30% 5% 0% 2.8
Psychology 20% 45% 30% 5% 0% 2.8
Biological Sciences 25% 35% 30% 10% 0% 2.75
Archaeology 25% 35% 30% 10% 0% 2.75
History 25% 30% 40% 5% 0% 2.75
Economics and Econometrics 15% 45% 40% 0% 0% 2.75
Education 15% 45% 30% 10% 0% 2.65
Philosophy 15% 40% 40% 5% 0% 2.65
Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences 10% 50% 35% 5% 0% 2.65
Physics 15% 40% 35% 10% 0% 2.6
Electrical and Electronic Engineering 10% 45% 35% 10% 0% 2.55
Applied Mathematics 10% 40% 45% 0% 0% 2.55
Pure Mathematics 10% 35% 50% 0% 0% 2.5
Business and Management Studies 10% 40% 35% 0% 0% 2.45
Politics and International Studies 15% 30% 30% 5% 5% 2.3
Epidemiology and Public Health 0% 30% 60% 5% 0% 2.2

* amount of research activity at each level