The University of South Wales achieved excellent results in RAE2008, confirming our status as one of Wales’ key research active institutions. The University was compared with other institutions in Research Fortnight’s University Power Rankings which is based on quality and quantity of research activity, The Times Higher and The Guardian. We submitted research evidence to 17 units of assessment, performing particularly well in English, History, Engineering, Built Environment, Nursing, Social Policy and Computing. We also performed strongly in the Creative and Cultural Industries reflecting the significant investment that has been made in the new ATRiuM campus in Cardiff.
We are confident that our research can make a contribution to cultural, economic and social development and are committed to research which meets the needs and aspirations of society in its broadest sense. We are strongly committed to the view that research and knowledge transfer go hand in hand with learning and teaching and that the three activities are mutually reinforcing. Our research feeds into our course development and delivery enhancing and enriching the educational experience of all of our students. Specific cutting edge knowledge is embedded into our courses and the overall culture of research informs the student working environment as they prepare their own research projects.
Following on from the successes of RAE2008, the University has joined forces with the four other main research and innovation universities in Wales (Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea) to form a strategic collaboration group. Together, the 'Big Five’ account for 96% of quality research funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. Existing partnerships between the five include the new Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research Data and Methods, which is addressing de-industrialisation in Welsh communities. Future partnerships will build on the strengths of the five, revealed in the RAE, where more than half of the five’s academics were assessed as conducting world-leading or internationally significant work.
The University aims to build on the successes of RAE2008 and achieve even better results in the forthcoming Research Excellence Framework.