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RAE: Edinburgh anthropology climbs to 5th in UK research league

Social Anthropology is delighted to announce its results for the Research Assessment Exercise 2008.

  • 60% of our research activity was rated 4* or 3*. This means that it is recognised as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

  • We were ranked joint 5th in the UK by the proportion of international excellence in our submission.
'Social Anthropology in Edinburgh is a young department, with many of our researchers just starting out on their careers, so it is especially pleasing to see that their achievements are already being recognised as outstanding in international terms,' said Professor Anthony Good, Head of the School of Social and Political Science and Professor of Social Anthropology in Practice.

The results show a significant upward trajectory from our 2001 RAE  results, when we were first awarded a 5 under the old grading system. Since then, we have grown in all areas of research, from PhD projects to major international collaborations. We aim to build on this over the next 5 years to ensure an even better position in the next Research Excellence Framework.

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