Wednesday, 17 December 2008

RAE 2008 results out today

The RAE 2008 results are published today, 18 December 2008. You can find an explanation of the RAE marking scheme here. The results are available on the RAE home page. Bournemouth University's results can be found here. For comment visit the Guardian Education website or the Times Higher Education which has a special issue on RAE 2008.

Rankings

The Times Higher ranks Bournemouth =75 overall in their Table of Excellence up from 107 place (2001 RAE). Guardian Education table ranks Bournemouth in 70th place. ResearchResearch ranks Bournemouth in 65th place. The Independent ranks Bournemouth 65th.

The Independent and ResearchResearch (Research Fortnight) use a Quality Index for their ranking using the following formula. Quality Index = [ (% in 4* x 16) + (% in 3* x 9) + (% in 2* x 4) + (% in 1* x 1) ] / 16.

Using the example of Bournemouth

Quality Index =

[ (8.08453237410071 x 16) +

(31.2005396 x 9) +

(35.278777 x 4) +

(21.807554 x 1) ] / 16

which calculates out as 573.08 / 16 = 35.8175

The Quality Index is 35.8175 . Have a look at Independent ranking for the bigger picture.

The Times Higher uses an Average Score. This is calculated using the percentage of staff within an institution who receive a 4* grade multiplied by 4, the percentage of staff to receive a 3* multiplied by 3, the percentage of staff to receive a 2* multiplied by 2 and the percentage of staff to receive a 1* multiplied by 1. Those who are U/C are not counted. The results are added together and divided by 100 to give an average score of between 0 and 4. To use Bournemouth as an example: (8 * 4) + (31 * 3) + (35 * 2 ) + (22 * 1) / 100 or 217/100 = 2.17 although the Times Higher actually puts the BU score at 2.18.

Links

Press Release from HEFCE
BBC News item
Exquisite Life ResearchResearch hosted blog

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