Heriot-Watt's research strengths form the foundation of Focus on the Future, strengths demonstrated in the results of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), announced at the end of 2008. The University moved up nine places in The Times Higher Education ranking and more than doubled the proportion of Heriot-Watt research results which are rated as being internationally excellent, from 24% to 50%.
The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) assesses the quality of research in universities and colleges in the UK. The main purpose of the RAE is to enable the higher education funding bodies to distribute public funds for research selectively on the basis of quality. Institutions conducting the best research receive a larger proportion of the available grant so that the infrastructure for the top level of research in the UK is protected and developed. Heriot-Watt's submissions and scores are listed.
The summary results of the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise are presented in a table format. The grades attained and research-active volume figures for 1996 and 2001 are presented for each area of assessment.