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News & Events Archive for 2008-2009

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    School of Law’s RAE 2008 success

    Swansea University’s School of Law has achieved the most dramatic improvement in research quality of any law school within the UK, according to the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008.  

    The School has jumped from a grade of 3a and 48th place in the league table in 2001 to joint 25th place out of 67 in 2008,  according to the standard weighted average score.  In doing so, the School has overtaken 12 institutions that were graded 5 in 2001 including Warwick, Leicester and Exeter.

    The RAE is an evaluation of the quality of research underway across the UK higher education sector. The results are published in the form of quality profiles produced for each area of research activity submitted to the RAE for evaluation.

    Professor Andrew Halpin, Head of the School of Law at Swansea University, said: “We put forward 96% of our academic staff for assessment in the RAE 2008, nearly doubling the size of our submission. Indeed, Swansea’s School of Law had the largest submission of research active staff of any law school in Wales.

    “The performance of the School of Law at Swansea University reflects more fully the total number of academic staff within the School, and we are of course delighted that the RAE 2008 has confirmed that 45 percent of our research is world-leading or of international excellence, and that 95% has been recognised to have achieved an international standard.”

    This breadth of international level research activity was attained by only 11 of the 67 law schools in the RAE: UCL, Oxford, Nottingham, Durham, Cambridge, Belfast, Cardiff, Sussex, Dundee, Southampton and Swansea.  (For full details of the table, see The Guardian:






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