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Friday, December 19, 2008

RAE 2008

The national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results have come out. Biblical Studies at Sheffield did very well (though Mike Bird didn’t offer *us* any good wishes!). All full time members of staff gave full submissions and all the submitted work came out no lower than international level which in our field, I think, means that, along with Aberdeen, we were the only major university dept in theology, religious studies and related areas to do so. This is obviously excellent news for Sheffield, especially as all members of staff were entered for the RAE. The Dept of Biblical Studies at Sheffield is a specialist dept and we had to go head-to-head with numerically bigger depts of religion and theology (in distinction from biblical studies). I know there are many ways of presenting the results but it seems that we rank very high nationally. This is obviously expected at a major university like Sheffield, a department with all the history Sheffield has, and some seriously impressive staff members, but to do this against religion and theology depts is very good indeed. But in terms of biblical studies alone this also implies that Sheffield is, as it has consistently been for years now, right up there.

7 Comments:

Anonymous steph said...

Yeah, on top. Congratulations Sheffield.

December 19, 2008

 
Blogger Peter M. Head said...

The good thing about the way the RAE results are presented is that everyone can spin them in ways that create a positive institutional message.

December 20, 2008

 
Blogger James Crossley said...

Yes that's clearly done but I don't think that's the full story: there are plenty of places where it simply can't realistically be done, at least at departmental levels.

December 20, 2008

 
Blogger Michael F. Bird said...

James: "Congratulations to you and Sheffield Biblical Studies Dept. for a top ten RAE performance". Now, will there a copy of "Jesus in an Age of Terror" in my stocking this Xmas? I still haven't read what you wrote about me.

December 20, 2008

 
Blogger James Crossley said...

Haha!! We'll make a liberal biblical scholar and a queer theorist yet, Mike! And you'll have to wait and see what Santa brings. Thinking about it, how do you deal with Santa in Oz? It's a bit warm there. And does he come from the South Pole?

December 20, 2008

 
Blogger Michael F. Bird said...

James, don't you listen to Rolf Harris! In Australia, Santa rides on "Six White Boomers" (Boomers = Big Kangaroos).

December 20, 2008

 
Anonymous steph said...

Santa comes from America via a Coca Cola bottle. But Father Christmas comes up from the South Pole to NZ wearing jandals (flip flops, thongs) and carrying his surfboard under his arm because we all hang out at the beach having barbecues and drinking beer. And Father Christmas likes a nice cold beer after filling all those stockings.

December 20, 2008

 

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