Research in the social sciences received excellent ratings in the latest research assessment exercise (RAE 2008). More than 50 per cent of our research was judged to be either 'internationally excellent' (3*) or 'world-leading' (4*).
All of our units of assessment improved on their performance in the previous RAE in 2001. Three out of five units of assessment were ranked highly in their subject group, according to their grade point average: Social Policy (including sociology, demography and gerontology) ranked third, Statistics & Operational Research ranked ninth, and Economics and Econometrics ranked eleventh. Politics & International Relations and Social Work Studies both consolidated their positions, with at least a third of research judged to be internationally excellent or higher.