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15 September 2009

Westminster communications research ‘world-leading’, says

“Oxford may be rueing the day it decided to enter its
researchers into the communication [category], the institution was
beaten by... Westminster” – Times Higher Education Magazine

“A media studies department at a former polytechnic is among the
top-rated academic centres in Britain in the latest official
rankings of the quality of university research. Sixty per cent of
the research published by the school of Media Arts and Design at
Westminster University… was rated as “world-leading” by the
Research Assessment Exercise”. – The Times

Communications, cultural and media studies research at the
University of Westminster has been shown to be “world-leading”
following the announcement today of the 2008 Research Assessment
Exercise (RAE) results.

Researchers across a broad range of subjects at the University,
which is a leading post-92 institution, have had their work shown
to be of international quality in the latest assessment of UK
university research activity. Nearly 80 per cent of Westminster’s
research was found to be of a quality that is recognised
internationally for its “originality, significance and rigour”.

Art and Design, Architecture and the Built Environment,
Geography and Environment Studies and Law also stood out for the
international quality of the research.

Sally Feldman, dean of the University’s School of Media, Arts
and Design, said: “This is a fantastic result and a reflection of
the excellent scholarship, research and practice that characterises
our work here at Westminster.”

The RAE, the first since 2001, highlights Westminster’s
traditional strength across a broad range of research activity,
said Vice-Chancellor Professor Geoffrey Petts.

“This result highlights that the University of Westminster is
producing research of international quality across a broad range of
subjects, with communications and media studies world-leading in
their work.

“We were assessed in 20 areas of work, which is an indication of
the breadth of our work as well as the quality. It is also an
indication that our research is being recognised for its potential
to make a real difference in the world.

“I’m delighted Westminster was found to be so strong, especially
as we are one of the group of universities created in 1992 that
have traditionally received less funding than longer-established,
research-led universities.”

The RAE, the first since 2001, saw 159 higher education
institutions submitting their research to the Higher Education
Funding Council for England for assessment. Over 200,000 individual
pieces of research work were submitted.

About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

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