RAE 2008 Results
Research receives international respect and financial
In 2009, the University was awarded almost £2 million in
recognition of our research excellence. This was a testament
to our hard working staff, and a mark of the University’s constant
drive for discovery and innovation.
The Higher Education Funding Council for
England (HEFCE) announced the funding allocation for UK
universities, which included a 1,290% increase for Wolverhampton’s
Quality Research (QR).
The QR allocation of £1.905 million for Wolverhampton was
the highest amount for a new university in the West Midlands and
followed the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise
(RAE), a peer review exercise to evaluate the quality of
research in UK higher education institutions.
Wolverhampton had elements of research rated as four-star,
equivalent to the best in the world, and staff were delighted
that this was recognised in the funding allocation.
Professor Caroline Gipps, Vice-Chancellor, said: “The
funding announcement was a fitting reward for our dedicated
“We were extremely pleased with our RAE performance, and the
funding allocation showed research excellence had been given the
recognition it deserves.
“Our research has an important role to play in the economic
future and regeneration of the region. We have developed dedicated
institutes and centres that work with industry and commerce as well
as producing first-class research outputs.
“We have linked our research and knowledge transfer strategies
and re-invested our commercial earnings in our research
The RAE 2008 confirmed the University of Wolverhampton had
research ranked as "world-leading" - the highest accolade
- for a percentage of work in eight of the areas submitted.
All 11 units of assessment had work deemed to be
"internationally-recognised" - the second highest grade.
Particular research strengths at Wolverhampton include Library and Information Management (ie advanced
analysis of web content and traffic), Computational Linguistics (ie natural language
processing, advanced computer language analysis etc) and Art and Design, and Built Environment.