|The results of the Government's 2001 Research Assessment Exercise have just been announced
and the Department has been awarded the top grade of 5*, repeating the result achieved in 1996.
Professor David Newland, Head of Department comments:
"This means that the assessors judge that more than half of our research is of the best world class and all
of it is excellent. The Department was assessed as a whole and I would like to thank everyone for
contributing in so many different ways to this splendid result. Details of our (and the other) submissions
are on the RAE web site.
It is nice to finish the year with the news of our excellent result in the RAE. But when we look back on
2001, it is dominated by the shocking events of 11th September and the war that has followed. May we strive
to apply our research and the technology we teach to the benefit of all humanity. The RAE talks about
research 'outputs', but our students are our most important outputs. It is good to recognise the increasing
number of new research students, many from overseas. Our policy is to encourage more graduate students, both
from home and abroad, to study here. I hope that they will all look back on their time here with affection