The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) was conducted jointly by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland (DEL). The results will be used to guide official funding decisions.

Members of the UK Centre for Events Management (UKCEM) were included as part of a pan-university Carnegie Research Institute led submission to RAE 2008 Unit 69, Sports related studies.

The work submitted generated the following profile of results:

4*        15% (World leading research)
3*        25%(Internationally excellent)
2*        35% (Internationally recognized)
1*        25% (Nationally recognized)
U         0% (Unclassified)

Rankings

Source: Research Fornight Research Power Ranking
(Research power = GPA x Volume/Number of staff)

1 Loughborough University
2 University of Birmingham
3 Leeds Metropolitan University
4 Sheffield Hallam University
5 Liverpool John Moores University
6 University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
7 University of Exeter
8 Brunel University
9 University of Brighton
10 Bangor University
11 University of Stirling
12 University of Bath
13 University of Bristol
14 University of Chichester
15 Staffordshire University
16 Canterbury Christ Church
17 Northumbria University
18 University of Bedfordshire
19 University of Leeds
20 Heriot-Watt University
21 University of Ulster
22 University of Glamorgan
23 University of Hull
24 Aberystwyth University
25 London South Bank
26 University of Chester
27 University of Aberdeen
28 Nottingham Trent University
29 University of Sunderland
30 University of Gloucestershire
31 Swansea University
32 York St John University
33 Bucks New University
34 Roehampton University
35 St Mary's UC (Twickenham)
36 Coventry University
37 Newman University College
38 UC St Mark & St John