Research Assessment Exercise 2008

The story of the University of Lincoln's 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) is one of an amazing trajectory in high-ranking research.

The institution received a 628% increase in funding, the highest award out of the 25 institutions that won mainstream quality-related research funding for the first time.

In the RAE 2008 Government report on research in universities, the University of Lincoln achieved international recognition for its research.

The purpose of the RAE was to produce quality profiles for the research activity of universities. The four higher education funding bodies use the quality profiles to determine research grants awarded to universities.

Since the RAE 2008, research has been embedded into the culture and operation of the University. We boast world-leading researchers and attract funding for projects of local, national and global significance: with increases in funding and research activity at all levels, the University is poised to achieve greater success in the future. The University now looks forward to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

The REF is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions replaces the RAE and will be completed in 2014.

For further detailed information on the University of Lincoln’s strong performance in the RAE 2008, which was one of the most improved in the sector, please see the following.