Brunel’s performance in the 2008 RAE confirms not only our status as a research-intensive university, but also our arrival as a university of international standing. Highlights include:
- 82% of staff conducting research of international standing
- Ninth in the UK in terms of increase in staff submitted
- Sector-leading percentage of staff classed as Early Career Researchers: 21%
With 82% of our research rated as of international standing (10% as world-class), we are now ranked 37th in the country in terms of Research Power. Our grade point average (GPA) has also risen to 2.32, up from 2.13 in 2001, demonstrating our commitment to a sustainable research-intensive culture across a range of subject areas.
We entered 87% of our eligible academic staff (547 members) into the 2008 RAE, representing a 59% increase over our 2001 submission. This places us ninth in the country in terms of increase in staff submitted - more than four times the average percentage increase across the sector.
Brunel has made particular efforts to recruit and retain ECRs (members of staff in the first three years of their academic career) as part of our long-term research strategy to create and sustain a solid research foundation over the long-term.