I have during the past weeks heard a lot about RAE. Busy as I am with all kinds of things and confused by endless acronyms, I haven't given this mystery much thought. The day before yesterday an email message announced that the RAE results would be released one minute past midnight. I am sorry to admit that I didn't care then either. Yesterday everybody at the Faculty was agitated, and there were rumours of abundant champagne at high places.
My dear husband who reads newspapers enlightened me when I came home. RAE spells our Research Assessment Exercise, and the results are that Cambridge is best in the UK. Although I haven't contributed anything to this game, I feel proud as if I have won it myself.