In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic, assessed jointly with the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics (MMLL), was rated in the highest terms. Within the Modern Languages and Linguistics Unit of Assessment, ASNC and MMLL were ranked top among departments teaching both languages and literatures nationally, with the majority of submitted research being ranked world-leading or of internationally excellent quality. The research environment of the ASNC Department and the Faculty of MMLL was also singled out for praise in its support for scholars and in particular postgraduate students.

In the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise, the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic was rated in the highest terms. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of the Department’s research, parts of our submission were considered by the English, History and Classics panels as well as by the Celtic Studies panel, which was responsible for the assessment overall. The Department’s profile is as follows: 45% world-leading research (category 4*), 30% internationally excellent research (3*) and 20% nationally excellent research (2*). As well as being ranked first in the Celtic Studies field (see the RAE Celtic Studies listing), the Department was also among the highest-ranked Departments and Faculties of the University (see RAE Cambridge listing). The quality of the research environment and the esteem in which members of the Department are held formed part of the assessment, along with the published research of the staff of the Department, post-doctoral research fellows and research associates.

The quality of research in the Department was assessed in 2001, as part of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) held nationally in that year. The Department was awarded the highest rating (5*).

The quality of teaching in the Department was assessed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) in February 2001. The Department was awarded a score of 23 points out of 24.