Research Assessment (RAE) results 2020


(UoA 40 - physical education, sport, recreation & physical activities)


The Department of Sport Physical Education and Health (SPEH) has achieved a remarkable result in the 2020 Research Assessment exercise (RAE) which was released on May 24th, 2021. Our department was assessed in the Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Physical activities Unit of Assessment (UOA) and was ranked Number one in Hong Kong. This was a significant improvement from the previous exercise in 2014. Overall, 6% of the work was judged to be World leading, with a further 63% judged to be Internationally excellent. In addition, our research impact was also judged to be Internationally excellent. There were 9 staff submitted into the 2014 exercise with 14 submitted in 2020, which was a significant increase.


“This result was a fantastic achievement by colleagues in SPEH. The results demonstrate the dedication and the excellent research undertaken by staff in the department. Further to this, the RAE classification underpins the strength and breadth of the research interests of staff, and include; Physical Activity and Health, Exercise Science, Sports Management, Children’s Health, Obesity, and Aged populations. The department now needs to develop and improve on this this success, and prepare for the next research exercise in 2026” said Professor Julien S Baker, Department Head of SPEH.