The results of the UK-wide Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) show that the School for the Built Environment is a major player in international research in the fields of ‘Architecture and the Built Environment’ and ‘Town and Country Planning’. They also show that the School, which includes the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) as its primary research vehicle, is ranked fifth in the country in terms of ‘Research Power’.
The School’s submission included staff from all three constituent departments of the School – Architecture, Planning, and Real Estate and Construction. It was based around the research agenda and narrative set by the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development and was made within the Unit of Assessment 31, Town and Country Planning.
According to the RAE results, which were published on 18 December 2008:
- 80% of the School’s research activity is rated as being of ‘international’ quality.
- Some 40% of the School’s research activity is rated as ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’.
- The number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff submitted was the second highest of any HEI in the Unit of Assessment (UoA31)
- When both research quality and quantity (FTE) are taken into account,
Oxford Brookes is ranked as the fifth highest university for ‘Research
Power’ in this UoA.
Professor Tim Dixon (Director, OISD) said:
‘We are very pleased that the capacity and excellence of research has been proven by the RAE results. A conscious decision was taken to develop an RAE submission based around OISD and this has paid dividends, particularly in terms of our power ranking, which reflects a broad and diverse base of research excellence. The quality of the research undertaken within OISD and the wider School is exemplified by the commitment of all our staff, and provides us with an excellent platform to strengthen our research position still further over the next five years’.