13th December 2001

 

UNIVERSITY RESEARCH GETS THUMBS-UP

Embargoed for publication until 0001 on Friday 14th December 2001

 

Five out of six research departments at the University of Lincoln assessed in the government’s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) achieved ratings of national significance.

 

Results of the RAE – an assessment of university research conducted every five years by the funding council  – will be published tomorrow (Friday).

 

They will show that the University of Lincoln’s research profile has improved since the last assessment in 1996.

 

And the university’s Vice Chancellor, Prof David Chiddick, believes the foundation has been laid for a significant increase in research activity over the next five years.

 

“While the university’s primary focus since 1996 has been on establishing the infrastructure degree programmes in Lincoln, we are delighted to have achieved ratings of national significance in five out of the six submitted research areas,” said Prof Chiddick.

 

“In two programmes - Art & Design and Social Policy - the university has achieved a quality that not only attains that level in two thirds of the submission, but also shows evidence of international excellence.

 

“These results are very encouraging and provide a strong base from which the university can increase its research activity and recognition over the next five years.”

 

The five research areas which achieved ratings of national significance (3a or 3b) were Social Policy, Art and Design, Business, European Studies and Food.

 

The umbrella organisation Universities UK welcomed the results as confirmation of the excellence of university research in the UK.

 

“The RAE results show that 55% of research staff now work in departments

which contain work of international excellence,” commented a spokesman. “They also show that 64% of research submitted was of national or international excellence, compared to 43% at the time of the last RAE in 1996.”

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk