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Quality of Research

Cardiff School of City and Regional Planning

Research Assessment Exercise (2008)

Unit of Assessment Staff submitted (FTE) By percentage, research activity in the submission judged to reach quality standard
Town and Country Planning (H31) 42.40 4star icon 3star icon 2star icon 1star icon UC
30% 35% 25% 10% 0%

The grading system explained

(Overall quality profile in blocks of 5%)

Research Profile

Town and Country Planning
InstitutionResearch Power
Cardiff University 120.84  
University of Leeds 88.62  
University of Newcastle upon Tyne 78.12  
Oxford Brookes University 71.72  
University of Cambridge 59.658  
University College London 59.625  
University of the West of England, Bristol 57.575  
University of Sheffield 50.15  
University of Manchester 48.33  
Sheffield Hallam University 47.94  

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How this table was compiled

The School of City and Regional Planning is the only planning school in the UK to have been awarded the top research rating in all previous Research Assessment Exercises. The School plays a leading international role in its fields of expertise and its research has an agenda-setting influence in key debates on the development, management and sustainability of cities and regions. 

It is one of the most diverse and interdisciplinary planning school in the world, thanks in part to a distinctive approach to research. Priority research themes are examined across multiple scales and sectors, thereby working to generate knowledge that informs all levels of academic scholarship, policy-making, and professional practice. 

The Pierhead building at Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay development.

Research is structured around five large research groups: environment; housing; spatial analysis; spatial planning and city environments; and urban and regional governance. The broadly based research activity across the groups draws heavily upon interdisciplinary social science and research outputs fall under one or more of the following themes: sustainability; social inclusion; governance and planning; and innovation and regeneration.

With its international links and research profile the School provides a rich and lively scholarly environment in which to conduct postgraduate research. There are around 30 full-time PhD students in the School. The School has been awarded ESRC recognition for both 1+ 3 and +3 PhD programmes (the former including an initial year on the MSc in Social Science Research Methods).

The School runs, or co-runs with other Schools, eight Research Centres, providing platforms for sustained programmes of funded research and interdisciplinary work: 

With an average annual research income of £1.7M, over 40 active researchers from eleven countries, plans for a significant expansion of its physical environment and seven exciting new appointments in the coming year, the School looks forward to more years of success as one of the most active and respected of the world’s top planning schools.

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