Research Assessment Exerciseeducation dictionary

The RAE assesses the quality of research in universities and colleges in the UK every four to five years since the scheme began in 1986. Its main purpose is to enable the Further Education funding bodies to distribute public funds for research selectively on the basis of quality. Institutions conducting the best research receive a larger proportion of the available grant so that the infrastructure for the top level of research in the UK is protected and developed. The RAE provides quality ratings for research across all disciplines. Panels use a standard scale to award a rating for each submission. Ratings range from 1 to 5*, according to how much of the work is judged to reach national or international levels of excellence. Further Education institutions which take part receive grants from one of the four Further Education funding bodies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The continuation of the system is currently under review.

Acronym: RAE

(14 Jan 2009)

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