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.