December 22, 2008
History at Glamorgan scored a major success in the Research Assessment Exercise, the results of which were made public last week.
The RAE produces a ?quality profile? for every History department in the UK. The profile ranges from ?unclassified? at the bottom to 4* (?research of a quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour?) at the top.
Fifty percent of Glamorgan?s profile fell in the categories 3* (?internationally excellent?) and 4* (?world-leading?).
Both the THE and The Guardian have converted the research profiles of different universities into a ‘grade point average’ in order to compile a discipline-by-discipline league table for research in British universities. The results show Glamorgan joining Swansea on 2.55 points at the top of the league table for History in Wales.
The results for History at Welsh universities are as follows:
University of Wales, Newport 1.75
Chris Evans, the head of the History at Glamorgan, commented: ?The results of the RAE are a revelation. They show that Glamorgan historians are second-to-none in Wales, and that our best work is genuinely world-class. We?ll be building on this success. There?ll be more research that?s original and world-leading, and our students will be the first to benefit because the latest news from the research frontier is fed back immediately into our teaching.?
The full RAE results for History can be found here.