UWIC gains recognition for world-class collaboration in art and design research 

19/12/2008 10:00 

 

The results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) announced today recognises the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff’s (UWIC) success in supporting the development of world-class research, particularly in art and design.

The Exercise, which assesses the quality of research in institutions throughout the UK, rated 95% of research jointly submitted by UWIC’s Cardiff School of Art and Design, its PDR centre and the University of Wales Newport’s School of Art, Media and Design as being of ‘International Standing’.

Ranked by the Times Higher Education as the leading centre for art and design research in Wales and in the top 12 in the UK, an impressive 70% of art and design related research submitted has been rated as ‘Internationally Excellent’ or ‘World-leading’.

Sport and Tourism at UWIC also performed strongly in the assessment, each with 25% of research submitted by the institution rated as Internationally Excellent or World Leading and over two thirds of research submitted rated as being of International Standing.

Professor Antony Chapman, Vice-Chancellor, congratulated all staff involved, saying: “This achievement is a clear demonstration of the hard work and dedication of our staff and it highlights UWIC’s commitment to investing in world-leading research.”

Notes to editors

1. Just over 28% of research submitted by UWIC was rated as Internationally Excellent or World Leading and 64% of research submitted by the institution rated as being of International Standing.

2.  26% of UWIC’s academic staff were submitted; this represents a doubling of the number of staff from RAE 2001.

3. Subject area ratings for UWIC:

Sport
• 25% of research submitted by UWIC was rated as Internationally Excellent or World-leading
• 70% of research submitted was rated as being of International Standing
• With a five-fold increase in staff involvement between 2001 and 2008, this was one of the largest submissions in the UK.

Health Sciences
• 15% of research submitted was rated Internationally Excellent or World-leading
• 50% of research submitted was rated as being of International Standing

Business and Management
• 10% of research submitted was rated as Internationally Excellent
• 35% of research submitted was rated as being of International Standing

Education
• 30% of research submitted was rated as being of International Standing

Tourism
• 25% of research submitted was rated as Internationally Excellent or World Leading.
• 65% of research submitted was rated as being of International Standing

4. The joint submission with the University of Wales Newport’s School of Art, Media and Design marks a major milestone for the Wales Institute of Research in Art & Design (WIRAD) which the two institutions formally established in 2007.

For further information, please contact Kristian Ball, Communications Manager on either Tel:02920 417115 or kball@uwic.ac.uk