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RG Research groups form

This form lists the research groups specified by the HEI in the submission. For some UOAs, there was a requirement to attribute all submitted staff to research groups, but for other UOAs it was optional. Staff could be associated with one or more research groups.

Form RA0 - Overall staff summary

This form gives summary data about all submissions made by the institution. For each submission that the institution made, the following information is given:

  • Headcount number of staff submitted in each category: categories A and C, for whom research outputs are included in the submission; and categories C and D for whom no outputs are included. Category A staff are those who were employed by and on the payroll of the submitting institution on the 31 October 2007 census date. Category B staff were employed and on the payroll after 1 January 2001 but had left by the census date. Category C staff are independent researchers who were not employed or on the payroll but their research on the census date was focussed in the submission. Category D staff are independent researchers whose research was focussed in the submission after 1 Jan 2001 but not on the census date
  • The total FTE of Category A staff included in the submission
  • FTE totals of research assistants, technicians (including scientific and experimental officers) and other research support staff in the unit of assessment on the census date.

Form RA1, RA2 & RA5c - Research active staff, research outputs and Category C staff circumstances

This form lists all of the staff in Categories A or C included in the submission. Names are selected from a drop-down list. If the member of staff was Category C (independent researcher), there is a section of up to 300 words demonstrating that their research was clearly and demonstrably focussed in the submitting department.

For each staff member the form lists up to 4 research outputs (the maximum number that HEIs could submit for each staff member). The following data is displayed about each research output:

  • The title
  • The output number from 1 to 4
  • The output type - for example Authored book, Journal Article, Patent, Artefact etc
  • Bibliographic data about the output, depending on its type, such as:
    • For journal articles, the title, volume and issue number, pagination, ISSN and digital object identifier (DOI). DOIs were supplied by HEIs and their accuracy cannot be guaranteed and will not be maintained by the RAE team
    • For patents, the patent registration number
    • For books and book chapters, the publisher, editor(s), ISBN and pagination
  • The year of publication. For some output types, the month and day; or duration for performances and exhibitions
  • If relevant, the research group within the submission to which the output relates
  • If relevant, names of up to 3 co-authors or co-producers of the output and the number of additional co-authors/co-producers
  • Whether the output is the outcome of interdisciplinary research (as defined by the submitting HEI)
  • The URL for outputs available on the Internet: URLs were supplied by HEIs and their accuracy cannot be guaranteed and these links will not be maintained by the RAE team
  • Other relevant details: a 300 word (maximum) statement of relevant facts about the output supplied by the HEI
  • English language abstract: a 300 word (maximum) statement in English describing the content of outputs written in foreign languages.

Form RA3a - Research students

This form gives numerical data about research student registrations and higher degrees awarded in each year from 2001 to 2007. The data relates to students who were supervised by any of the staff included in the submission. The data show:

  • Numbers of full-time and part-time postgraduate research students who were registered in each year from 2001 to 2007 and a total for all years. The total does not mean the headcount total of actual students, it mans the headcount total of registrations: if a full time student was registered for three years (eg 2002, 2003 and 2004) they contribute 3 to the total
  • Numbers of research masters degrees and research doctoral degrees awarded in each calendar year from 2001-2007.

Form RA3b - Research studentships

This form lists the number of new research studentships awarded to students for the payment of their tuition fees each year from 2001-2007, presented by source of funding. Totals are given for each year and for each funding source.

The data relate to registered students included in Form RA3a. Each studentship is recorded only once in the first year of award. HEIs reported studentships against sources of funding pre-defined by the RAE team. If the HEI paid the student's fee, they are reported as "institutional self-funded". If the student paid their own fee they are reported in the "other" category.

Form RA4 - Research income

Form RA4 lists external research income for each year 2001-2007, broken down by source. HEIs reported income against funding sources pre-defined by the RAE team. Eligible income had to meet the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) definition of research income and had to be associated with at least one staff member included in the submission.

Form RA5a - Research environment and indicators of esteem

Form RA5a combines a description of the research environment and indicators of esteem relating to individuals included in the submission and awarded in the assessment period 1 January 2001 to 31 July 2007. The maximum length of RA5a differs according to the FTE number of staff submitted. HEIs could organize RA5a as they saw fit, taking account of length limits, constraints on formatting of text and any requirements indicated by the relevant sub-panel in its published criteria and working methods. For examples, some panels asked for information about research structure and strategy, arrangements for supporting postgraduate research students, or early career staff.


There are two search options: simple and advanced search. Simple search allows you to search all the submissions for strings of text. Advanced search allows you to search by particular form, unit of assessment (UOA) and institution.

Simple search

To search for a piece of text, for example, names of members of staff or other words within the submissions, enter the relevant text in the Search all submissions for field and click on the Go button.

Multiple search words represent a phrase, so searching for Weird Science looks through submissions for the phrase 'Weird Science' and not content containing the words 'Weird' and 'Science'.

The search results are ordered by how well they match the search criteria. Use the first, next, previous and last buttons to scroll through pages of results.

To go to the form data for one of the results, click on the corresponding hyperlink.

Advanced search

Click on the [Advanced search] hyperlink.

You then have the option to search by a combination of the following: institution; unit of assessment; form. You can narrow the search by one, two or all three parameters.

Select from the drop down menus the aspects of the database that you want to search, then enter the relevant text in the field entitled Search specific submissions for and click Go.

Results are presented in the same way as for a simple search.

Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)

HEIs were asked to supply Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for all journal article outputs. However, DOIs were not supplied in every case.

Although the vast majority of DOIs provided by HEIs were correct, the RAE team cannot guarantee their accuracy in every case. Nor will we monitor and maintain the continued accuracy of the DOIs presented on this website.

Users of this website will only be able to acccess the full text of a journal article from the DOI if that article is freely available from the publisher or if the user has a subscription to the relevant journal.

Output URLs

HEIs were invited to supply URLs for outputs that were published on the Internet. In some cases, the output was a web-only publication, in which case a URL was mandatory. In other cases the URL is provided in addition to other bibliographic information and or a digital object identifier (DOI).

URLs can become unstable or inaccurate over time. The RAE team cannot guarantee their accuracy in every case, nor will we monitor and maintain the continued accuracy or URLs provided on this website.