19th December 2001

 

AGRICULTURE RESEARCH GETS SEAL OF APPROVAL

 

Researchers at the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture have been congratulated on the quality of their work in a national survey.

 

The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) is a set of league tables published every five years by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) which measures the quality of research across the entire range of academic subjects.

 

The Lincolnshire School of Agriculture – now part of the University of Lincoln – was given a 3b rating, denoting ‘quality which equates to attainable levels of national excellence in more than half of the research activity submitted’.

 

This is the first year that the School of Agriculture has taken a full part in the RAE. It was one of the smallest contenders, with only eight researchers (compared with 72 agricultural researchers in Reading University, for example).

 

“I think we did extremely well,” says Prof Stephen Hall, Professor of Animal Science at the University of Lincoln. “The RAE naturally tends to favour the bigger departments, but the quality of the research done by our lecturers pushed us up to a 3b rating so we are snapping at the heels of some of the really big and well established institutions.”

 

Research at the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture only began in 1996 and is rapidly gaining an international reputation, especially in the areas of animal behaviour and welfare.

 

The research group transferred from De Montfort University to the University of Lincoln in September 2001.

 

“These results, added to the others achieved by the university, make an excellent start in the campaign to put Lincoln on the research map,” commented Prof Hall.

 

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

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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