Research at the University of Helsinki assessed: top-level research on all campuses

The results of the research assessment, encompassing the entire University, will be used in the development work conducted by faculties as well as in preparing the University’s new strategic plan.

In 2018 and 2019 the University of Helsinki carried out an assessment of its research, conducted by four international panels which visited Helsinki in March 2019. The assessment encompassed all research conducted at the University.

“Planning for the assessment was based on acknowledging the differences between various fields. This style of implementation, based on engagement and dialogue, has proved to be important and challenging, and has, according to the feedback received, been a success. Feedback from the assessment panels has now been documented and the results are available for development efforts, for which planning has already been initiated. The aim is to also base this development work on dialogue,” Project Manager Anssi Mälkki states.

High scientific quality and social impact

Assessment results indicate that the scientific quality of research at the University of Helsinki is of a high international standard: top-level research can be found on every campus. The societal impact and public engagement of the units under assessment were also considered mainly excellent or very good.

The proposed development targets revolve around themes associated with leading and managing individuals and activities: fostering multidisciplinary research based on curiosity, ensuring access to an attractive research environment (including research infrastructures, well-functioning career paths and services), agreeing on shared operating models, and matters related to equality.

Under the direction of Paula Eerola, vice-rector in charge of research, the assessment results will be used in preparing the new strategic plan for the University of Helsinki for the term 2021–2030 as well as in the development work conducted by faculties.

”We have received very positive feedback from all corners of the University about the assessment process, and I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this. The outcome has been a success, and now it is up to us all to take it from here, and be even stronger in the future,” says Eerola.

Final report: Research Assessment 2018-19 University of Helsinki (RAUH) (pdf)

The assessment report is also available at the University's Quality webpage. 

Assessed units and research assessment panels

The assessment covered the research carried out by the units of assessment and the results of their research. These units comprised a collection of departments, programmes and research groups which have, or could have, common goals and development plans related to research. The units were defined and decided upon in cooperation with the management of faculties, independent institutes and joint operational units. The units covered all research fields and activities at the University of Helsinki.

The assessment was carried out by the following four international panels: Humanities, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. The assessment process was managed by the Research Assessment Office (RAO) and led by the Steering Group.

Composition of the research assessment panels (PDF)