Dr Garry Looks at Architects

Rating the United Kingdom's Architecture Schools

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The Good Oil

Every five years we rate the world's architecture schools on their research performance. The next survey will be conducted in 2014. Results for our 2009 survey are shown here. We provide two indicators:

For information on what these numbers mean, read this page. Can't find your school? Find out why.

You can also read why British architecture academics are pissing their pants at any sort of assessment of their performance.

Other assessments

The United Kingdom has conducted research audits of its universities since 1992. You should check out their results at the Research Assessment Exercise 2008 (RAE 2008) homepage. This will be replaced by the Research Excellence Framework, to be completed in 2014.

We have included three other indicators, which measure not just research, but overall quality:

The Teaching Quality Information provides further information, albeit in a difficult format. Finally British students should check out the remnants of Will I See My Tutor, a site that terrified Britain's lazy and complacent dons {professors} so much they had it shut down in 2007.

Current rankings

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University Median Research Score (2009/13) % of staff in the top quartile (2009/13) Guardian University Guide (2012) NSS (2013) CUG (2014)
Anglia Ruskin 72 4 76
Arts University Bournemouth 72 4 78
Birmingham City University 61 4 78
Cardiff University 4 48 96 4 94
Coventry University 4 58
De Montfort University 57 4
Edinburgh School of Architecture 83 4 97
Glasgow School of Art 1 30 66
Kingston University 1 24 69 4 80
Leeds Metropolitan University 0 7 59 4 81
Liverpool John Moores University 0 22 52 4 85
London Metropolitan University 0 24 72 4 85
London South Bank University 0 16 52 4 77
Manchester School of Architecture 0 15 79 4 93
Northumbria University 0 14 81 4 74
Nottingham Trent University 0 0 43 4 70
Oxford Brookes University 3 35 79 4 84
Queen's University of Belfast 3 27 77 4 66
Robert Gordon University 0 13 70 4 66
Royal College of Art 25 100
Sheffield Hallam University 0 15 65 4 52
University College London 5 44 100 4 96
University for the Creative Arts 1 13 57 4 68
University of Bath 10 67 96 5 100
University of Bolton 72 4 81
University of Brighton 46 4 87
University of Cambridge 9 64 97 4 98
University of Central Lancashire 4 79
University of Dundee 68 4 85
University of East London 35 4 78
University of Greenwich 1 42 51 4 78
University of Huddersfield 66 4 83
University of Kent 0 9 80 4 85
University of Lincoln 0 7 65 4 85
University of Liverpool 3 39 81 4 92
University of Newcastle upon Tyne 2 35 82 4 90
University of Nottingham 1 16 79 4 80
University of Plymouth 64 4 74
University of Portsmouth 0 6 62 4 68
University of Sheffield 7 52 82 4 68
University of Strathclyde 3 21 69 4 82
University of the West of England 1 32 75 4 78
University of Ulster 0 8 58 4 58
University of Westminster 1 28 66 4 62
University of Salford 4 64