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The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) has confirmed that 90 per cent of our research in Computer Science and Informatics, 80 per cent of our research in Communication and Media Studies and 75 per cent of our research in Library and Information Management is of international standing.

Professor of Mathematics and Computation, John Howse, said:

We are very pleased with the Computer Science result. It is recognition of some ground-breaking research that is being undertaken at Brighton. We now have a firm base on which to build and hope to reach even greater heights in the future.

Professor of Media Studies, Tara Brabazon, said:

Media Studies is an exciting, passionate and engaging area of research in the international academy.  The Media Studies Unit of Assessment from the University of Brighton captured that excitement, featuring not only the work of experienced scholars but four early career researchers.  This blend of promise and expertise is productive and important, and resulted in 80% of the research entered in the exercise being designated of international standing.  This is a tremendous achievement and will provide the springboard for the new research developments through 2009.  It is an exciting time for Media Studies researchers at the University of Brighton.

Professor of Social Informatics, Flis Henwood, said:

For those of us working in this field at Brighton, the results have provided an enormous boost. We are a small interdisciplinary group working in this field and we submitted 78 per cent of eligible staff making it a very inclusive submission. The results reflect the fact that we are an emerging research group but one that has made decent headway in the last few years.  We look forward to the next stage of our development.

Looking at the research overall at Brighton, 79 per cent of the university’s research output is of international standing. Taking the top three grades the results show that:

  • 15 per  cent of the research is 'world-leading' (the highest grade),  
  • 29 per  cent is internationally excellent (the second highest grade)  
  • 35 per  cent is internationally recognised (the third highest grade).  

Brighton is also ranked as the leading modern university in terms of the quality of its research by Research Fortnight. The Times Higher Education moves the university from 80 in 2001 to 59 in 2008.

These results show that the university is on target to meet its strategy to increase the breadth and quality of our research, with new submissions in communication, cultural and media studies and other hospital-based clinical studies.

Professor Bruce Brown, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Brighton said:

The university has succeeded in broadening its research base and has driven up the quality of research across a larger range of subject areas. Seventy-nine per cent of our research is of international standing and we are also judged to be the leading modern university in terms of the quality of our research. Overall, we are determined this work will make substantial contributions to social, economic and cultural well-being. For us there are only two types of research — applied research and yet to be applied research.

Find out more on the 2008 RAE:

RAE 2008