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Excellent RAE results for Oxford University Computing Laboratory


OUCL has achieved excellent results in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, with 80% of its research being judged either 4* `world leading' or 3* `internationally excellent'. We submitted more people, doing a wider range of research, than we did for the RAE 2001.

By `research power', a measure which combines both quality and quantity of research, OUCL ranks third in the UK Computer Science tables (Edinburgh first, Manchester second).

By the research power measure Oxford University as a whole ranks first in the UK, as shown in the Research Fortnight table.

By average researcher quality alone (i.e. ignoring size) the top of the Computer Science ranking is: Cambridge (3.35) > {Imperial College, Southampton, Edinburgh} (3.20) > {Oxford, Manchester, UCL} (3.15)

`This excellent result reflects a great deal of hard work on the part of our faculty' said Professor Stephen Pulman, Director of the Computing Laboratory. `It should not be forgotten that using measures which also include the quality of its teaching and support for students, Oxford usually ranks as the top UK university, e.g. in the Times Online Good University Guide. This combination of research strength and teaching quality make us a very attractive destination for students at all levels, particularly graduates.'