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Recognition for Cardiff’s world-leading research

18 Rhagfyr 2008


World-leading research is being undertaken throughout Cardiff University, the latest independent assessment of research quality in the UK’s universities shows.

The outcomes represent another outstanding success for the University, which is established as one of the UK’s leading research universities and as the powerhouse of research in Wales - where the University provided 40% of the 2,500 researchers submitted for assessment.

Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities and the quality of its research attracts annually research awards of c£100M, producing economic, health, social and cultural benefits locally and worldwide. Those contributing to its research success include two Nobel Prize winners - Sir Martin Evans and Professor Robert Huber.

Almost 60 per cent of all research at Cardiff University was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent - 4* and 3* the top two categories of assessment. Remarkably, 33 out of 34 research areas submitted by the University for assessment by independent panels of experts are shown to be undertaking research that includes work that is "world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour."

Changes in Assessment methods (see note 1) mean that results are not immediately comparable with those of last time but it is already clear that the merger between the University and the Wales College of Medicine is producing many research benefits. Most notable in this Assessment are the profiles of Neuroscience, Psychiatry and Psychology where an outstanding 25 per cent of research is world-leading (grade 4*) and 75 per cent is world-leading and internationally excellent (4* and 3*).

The professions also feature strongly among other areas of Cardiff University shown in the Assessment to be conducting high concentrations of world-leading research. Among the most impressive of these are Civil Engineering (25% world leading, 90% world-leading/internationally excellent) and the schools of Business (35% and 70% respectively), Journalism, Media and Communication (45% and 70%), City and Regional Planning (30% and 65%) and Law (25% and 60%).

"I am delighted that the world-leading research being undertaken at Cardiff is being recognised as such and I congratulate staff," said Vice Chancellor Dr David Grant.

"The benefits that come from such world-leading research is of enormous importance. The breadth and scale of research being undertaken at Cardiff is impressive in this respect. Our research has real and meaningful outcomes that improve and change the lives of people worldwide. This recognition of Cardiff’s powerful research profile is good news not just for the University, but for Wales and our communities more widely as our world-leading research drives forward improvements in so many areas."


Notes to Editors:


For the first time the Assessment produces a quality graded profile (on a scale 4*-0 see note one) for each unit of assessment (UoA) rather than the previous method of producing a single point score (5*-1). This methodology was chosen as it provides a more comprehensive analysis of quality than the 2001 RAE, where only one rating was allocated to each UoA. However, in order to compare one institution with another, league table compilers (and possibly the funding bodies), will apply a calculation to convert each institution's profile to a single figure. Most of the calculations that are likely to be used are subjective in nature as they involve assigning a weighting to each grade, effectively indicating that research ranked at one grade is a certain degree more important than research at another grade.

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. 2008 marks the 125th anniversary of Cardiff University having been founded by Royal Charter in 1883. Today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities. Visit the University website at:

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