Introduction to the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), seeks to assess the quality of research in universities, and it produced impressive assessment grades for the Business School and Law School. Essentially, the RAE 2008 assesses the research outputs, environment and esteem in terms of their quality, significance and rigour from 2001 to 2007. The assessment provides a quality profile for subjects ranging from:
- 4* (world leading)
- 3* (internationally excellent)
- 2* (recognised internationally)
- 1* (recognised nationally)
- unclassified (sub-national)
Results for Kingston Law School
50% of the research submitted by Kingston Law School was rated as being of a quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour; and 45% of a quality that is recognised internationally.
Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at Kingston University, Jean Noel Ezingeard said:
“Overall, I am delighted with these results which reflect a lot of hard work and investment by colleagues across the Faculty. I am very pleased about our outcome for Law, especially since we were not entered in 2001 and it shows a growing research base.”
Matthew Humphreys, Head of Kingston Law School added:
"These results are a real mark of progress for the Law School - which was always known as a place of excellent teaching. It is great that the research output is now achieving recognition as well and there is some really excellent and interesting research undertaken by members of Kingston Law School. This result, achieved on the back of being the first submission of Law into the RAE by Kingston University, puts us on the map and shows that the School is a real place of quality for both teaching and research."