University engineering faculties getting better

The number of British university departments doing world class research in engineering and technology has risen over the past four years, according to results of a survey published by the four higher education funding bodies. A total of 59 university departments qualified for the councils’ top rated 5 category, up from 41 in 1992; 22 […]

The number of British university departments doing world class research in engineering and technology has risen over the past four years, according to results of a survey published by the four higher education funding bodies.

A total of 59 university departments qualified for the councils’ top rated 5 category, up from 41 in 1992; 22 also qualified for the new 5* subdivision denoting international standards of excellence in most areas.

Imperial College, London, was the only institution to achieve 5 or 5* across the board.

{{Top of the academic tree: departments scoring 5 or 5*

General engineering:Cambridge*,Durham,Keele*,Liverpool John Moores,Oxford*,Strathclyde,Imperial.

Chemical engineering:Bath [4],Birmingham [4],Cambridge,Imperial*,Umist,University College London.

Electrical and electronic engineering:Bristol [4],Edinburgh*,Imperial,Glasgow [4],Umist+,Queen’s Belfast,Queen Mary & Westfield London [4],Sheffield++[4],Strathclyde [4],Southampton*,Surrey*,University College London*.

Mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing:Bath* [4],Cranfield [4],Imperial*,King’s College London* [4],Leeds*,Liverpool,Queen’s Belfast*,Sheffield,Southampton [4],Umist,University College London [4],University of Wales Cardiff [4].

Mineral and mining engineering:Heriot-Watt* [4],Imperial.

Metallurgy and materials:Birmingham*,Cambridge*,Imperial,Liverpool* [4],Manchester/Umist* (joint submission on materials and corrosion),Oxford*,Queen Mary & Westfield London [4],Sheffield* [4],University of Wales Swansea* [4].

Three departments fell out of the top category: Warwick in generalengineering; Bradford and Hull in mechanical, aeronautical andmanufacturing engineering

* denotes 5* category. Numbers in square brackets denote promotion from lower category in 1992.+ awarded for instrumentation and analytical science.++ scored 5* for electrical and electronic engineering, 5 for automation control and systems engineering.}}