26 May 2010

Last Research Assesment Results Analysed - Russell group vs. Non-Russell

Using figures from the last RAE, one can estimate the number of academics judged to be of each kind: "world-class" (4*), "international" (3*), etc.) in each RAE unit of assessment in each university.  Using this we can see that 54% of the highest category are in the Russell group university and 46% of the "international" standard.  The rounded figures are as follows.
 So roughly half of the top academics are not in Russell group universities.  Also it shows that the Russell group entered a lot of academics who were judged to be in the lower categories.  Below is a histogram of the number of 4* academics in all universities.
There is a "long tail" of non-Russell universities with some "World Class" academics.  Thus, although many of the best academics are concentrated in Russell group univsersites, there are many spread around in a variety of universities.

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