University of Dundee

RAE 2008: Life Sciences at Dundee ranked among the top 5 in the UK

19 Dec 2008

The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, which rates the research quality of all UK Universities across the full range of academic disciplines, reached its culmination this week with the publication of the results.

The College of Life Sciences was ranked ahead of all other universities in Scotland and is one of the UK's top 5 universities in the category of Biological Sciences among 51 other universities, ahead of Cambridge and Imperial College with, Oxford, Manchester and Sheffield just ahead of us.

According to the new performance indicators 25% of the research carried out at CLS is considered to be 4-star (the highest), quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour, making it the third highest rated Life Sciences research centres in the UK.* Furthermore, 40% of our research is considered to be 3-star, that is quality that is internationally excellent.

The University also scored high in the Laboratory-based Clinical Sciences, with the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing also being ranked in the top five in that discipline in the UK.

The success of these two colleges underlines the major thrust of the University of Dundee’s research strategy. The Medical School’s strong science indicators are a crucial aspect of our partnership and commitment to the translation of basic research into new treatments.

The Forensic and Medical Art Unit submitted their RAE performance indicators with Duncan of Jordanstone Art College and also ranked high on the list; the Design College is the best in Scotland and counted as one of the best in the UK.

The RAE performance indicators are calculated according to a variety of factors: individual performance, which includes category A staff and papers published (75%), grant income and quality of infrastructure (20%) and esteem factor, such as prizes and memberships of editorial boards (5%)

For the full results see

*the Institute of Cancer Research at UCL 40% and the University of Oxford (Biochemistry) 35% with Dundee, York, Oxford (Plant Sciences) and Manchester tied at 25%