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Summary of submission

Field descriptions

2001 rating

The subject panels used a standard scale to award a rating for each submission. Ratings range from 1 to 5*, according to how much of the work was judged to reach national or international levels of excellence. The table below shows the definition of each rating.

The rating scale

Rating Description
5* Quality that equates to attainable levels of international excellence in more than half of the research activity submitted and attainable levels of national excellence in the remainder
5 Quality that equates to attainable levels of international excellence in up to half of the research activity submitted and to attainable levels of national excellence in virtually all of the remainder
4 Quality that equates to attainable levels of national excellence in virtually all of the research activity submitted, showing some evidence of international excellence
3a Quality that equates to attainable levels of national excellence in over two-thirds of the research activity submitted, possibly showing evidence of international excellence
3b Quality that equates to attainable levels of national excellence in more than half of the research activity submitted
2 Quality that equates to attainable levels of national excellence in up to half of the research activity submitted
1 Quality that equates to attainable levels of national excellence in none, or virtually none, of the research activity submitted

For further detailed guidance, view the Guidance on submissions (2/99)

Category A and A* staff

Category A staff are academic staff who were in post at the submitting institution on the census date of 30 March 2001 who do not fall into the definition of category A*

Category A* staff are academic staff who transferred between eligible UK institutions in the period between 1 April 2000 and 30 March 2001 inclusive

Further details can be viewed in Briefing note 3.

Proportion of staff selected

This is the proportion of category A and A* staff who were selected for assessment. The indicator takes the form of a letter denoting a band, using the following scale:

A 95-100 per cent of staff submitted
B 80-94.9 per cent
C 60-79.9 per cent
D 40-59.9 per cent
E 20-39.9 per cent
F below 20 per cent

FTE

Full-time equivalent (FTE) refers, as appropriate:

  1. To the extent of the contracted duties of a member of staff at the census date, as compared to those of a typical full-time member of staff in the same category (e.g. academic). It does not take into account the length of time within the year for which he or she was employed nor the relative proportion of total contracted time spent on research.

  2. To the amount of study undertaken in the year of programme of study compared to a full-time student with the same qualification aim studying for a full year. For RAE purposes, a student's first year of programme of study starts when they first begin studying towards the qualification. Subsequent years of programme of study start on the anniversary of this date.

FTE values must be positive numbers expressed to two decimal places (e.g. 0.67).

Category A and A* Research Active Staff (FTE)

For category A and A* who joined an institution this should apply to their FTE on the census date (31 March 2001).

For category A* having left an institution this applies to their FTE on the last day of their employment.

FTE values are positive numbers expressed to two decimal places (e.g. 0.67), with a maximum of 1.00 FTE being assigned per member of staff.

Research assistants

This is the total FTE of research assistants supervised on the census date (31 March 2002), or in the case of Catgeory A* leaving an institution, it is the FTE supervised on the last day of their employment.

See the Guidance on submissions for a more detailed explanation.

Research students

This is the total FTE of research students supervised on the census date (31 March 2002)or in the case of category A* leaving an institution, it is the FTE supervised on the last day of their employment.

Mandatory referrals

In some cases, HEIs making submissions may have asked for work to be cross-referred to other relevant panels when they believed the work spanned the boundary between UoA’s and /or was interdisciplinary in character. Such requests for cross-referral were mandatory and were acted on automatically by the RAE Team. Details are provided where work was referred to UoA’s at the request of institutions.

It should be noted that Development Studies was a sub-panel of Geography UoA 35, in many cases submissions referred to Geography were intended for the development studies sub panel and so were not assessed by the main Geography panel.

For definitions of the UoA's, see the, UoA descriptions page.

Joint submissions

In some cases, two or more HEIs may have made a joint submission to a single UoA. In these circumstances, each institution will have submitted a separate set of information covering the staff employed, students counted to it and research income received by it and the textual submission will have been a joint one.

Form descriptions

Form number Name Description
RA0 Staff summary Details the FTE of staff selected and not selected for assessment in the 2001
Research groups Lists the research groups for each institution.
RA1&RA2 Staff and output details Researcher names and output details.
RA3a Research student details Details the number of students studying for research degrees together with the number awarded throughout the assessment period.
RA3b Research studentship details Details the number and source of new studentships.
RA4 Research income details Records the external income received between 1 January 1996 and 31 December 2000.
RA5a Structure, environment and staffing policy -
RA6a Additional observations: Evidence of esteem-
RA6d Additional observations: Additional information-


Last updated 21 May 2002

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