Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The REF is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. It replaces the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and will be completed in 2014.
Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008
The Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages has demonstrated its leading position in national and international research in the results of the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. French and German ranked top, and Russian second, in both the Quality Rankings and Research Fortnight's 'research power index'. Iberian and Latin American Languages, and Italian, both came fourth in the UK in the 'research power index'. The Faculty submitted research from over 90 Faculty members. Overall, more than 60% of the Faculty's research was assessed as either 4* - "world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour", or 3* - "internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour".
Oxford ranked first for Modern Languages in 2012-13 QS World Rankings
Oxford University was ranked first for Modern Languages in the QS World Rankings for 2012-13, overtaking Harvard University who had the top spot the previous year. Professor Richard Cooper, Chair of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, said:
"This is a powerful and gratifying endorsement of the breadth of our syllabus in Modern Languages, the quality of our students, both undergraduate and graduate, of our research libraries, and above all of the excellence and dedication in teaching and research of the members of our Faculty."
More information on the rankings can be found here: