Research Performance

University Recognised for International Quality Research

Robert Gordon University has achieved outstanding results in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise with over 70% of its research receiving international recognition.

The University's position as Scotland's Top Modern University has been affirmed by the 2008 UK RAE results.

The results now place RGU in the top 20 modern universities in the UK
(Research Fortnight Research Power League Table)


The University is extremely pleased with the highly successful outcome of the RAE 2008 results with subject areas covering research activity across all Faculties.
RGU performed extremely well across disciplines with the majority of the research assessed being of international calibre.

The results show that in 8 out of 11 units submitted RGU's research is world leading and in 10 out of 11 units more than 50% of research is internationally recognised.

Research Highlights

The RAE results reflect the strength of research across RGU. Areas of particular excellence where the University is a world leader include Library & Information Management, where 100% of the research was internationally recognised.

In Engineering and Computing 85% of research submitted was rated as internationally recognised. (RAE 2008)

In addition, Allied Health Professions and Studies is now ranked in the top 20 in the UK,with 70% of the research being internationally recognised. Art and Design is placed in the UK top 30 (Research Fortnight Research Power league table).

Strong Performance

RGU is now the Top Modern University for research in Scotland (Times Higher Education League table) and is in the overall top ten in Scotland in terms of research power (Research Fortnight Research Power League Table).

The 2008 results show significant improvements in the quality of RGU's research since the last RAE 2001, with the University moving up 27 places in the league tables since 2001(Times Higher Education League table).

The Vice-Principal for Research and Commercialisation, Professor Peter Robertson, commented:
"Since the RAE in 2001, RGU has made significant investment in its research activities, dramatically improving number and quality of researchers at the University. It is tremendous to see a return in investment reflected in the 2008 RAE results and particularly gratifying to see world class research identified in the University's submission."

As one of 22 universities in the UK involved in the pilot for the Research Excellence Framework, RGU will make an important contribution to the development of the future research assessment process.

In recent years the University has developed a growing reputation for undertaking quality research. It is extremely pleasing to see that success reflected in the RAE results".

Further Information

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781