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Aston Business School in National top 10

18/12/2008

Aston Business school has a larger volume of international and world leading research academics than either Oxford, Cambridge or Imperial College London according to the results of the RAE – the Research Assessment Exercise which has examined the quality of research undertaken at universities across the UK.

The RAE is probably the most eagerly anticipated national measure of research quality. It looked at research undertaken since 2001 and the results will be used to apportion almost £6bn of future research and innovation funding.

Aston Business School submitted 50% more research this time than the last RAE and moved up to overall 9th place nationally.

Head of school Professor Michael West said: “We are delighted that the RAE results reflect the ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ research carried out by the many leading thinkers among our staff.

“Their research directly influences policy and practice in government and in business in the UK and around the world.

“To maintain global excellence during these challenging economic times it will be vital to continue to invest in research.

“The school is clearly fulfilling its mission of advancing understanding of what makes organizations effective while ensuring that those who work within them or are served by them can also fulfil their potential.

“We attract students from all over the world who benefit from the latest understanding and thinking offered by our research, so that they can go on to provide wise and principled leadership in their organizations and societies in the future.”

Research income for Aston Business School during the RAE assessment period exceeded £4m compared to just over £2m in the previous assessment period when the school was ranked 10th in the UK.

Nationally the results demonstrate that 54% of the research conducted by 52,400 staff submitted by 159 universities and colleges is either ‘world-leading’ (17 per cent in the highest grade) - or ‘internationally excellent’ (37 per cent in the second highest grade).

John Denham, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, said: ‘The latest RAE reinforces the UK’s position as a world leader in research and I congratulate our universities and colleges for achieving such outstanding results.

‘The fact that over 50 per cent of research is either ‘world-leading or ‘internationally excellent’ further confirms that the UK continues to punch above its weight in this crucial field.

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research