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5th March 2009, 11:01am
Research funding increase among highest in the sector
Research funding increase among highest in the sector The University of Lincoln has seen its allocation of Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) funding leap by more than 600 per cent to almost £2 million, one of the highest increases in England. This compares to the sector average increase in RAE funding of 7.8 per cent across England’s 133 Higher Education Institutions.

In the last RAE, which took place in 2001, the University was allocated just £260,000 funding. It is now set to receive £1.97 million per year for the next five years, an increase of 628 per cent.

The allocation follows the University’s success in RAE 2008 conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), which announced the funding allocations on Thursday 5 March.

The funding is based on the amount of the University’s research ranked as ‘world-leading’ – the highest ranking possible in the RAE – ‘internationally excellent’, or ‘internationally recognised’.

The University made returns in 14 Units of Assessment, including 35 per cent of its academic staff. More than two thirds of the work submitted was recognised as having world-leading elements, with 50% or more rated as of international standard in the vast majority of Units.

Subject areas which were particularly successful included: Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Computer Science and Informatics, Education, History, Psychology, and Social Work and Social Policy & Administration.

Professor Mike Saks, Senior Pro Vice Chancellor with responsibility for overseeing research said: “This is a tremendous achievement by staff in the University, which highlights just how far we have advanced our research in a very short space of time.”

Placing the achievement in a wider context, the Vice Chancellor, Professor David Chiddick said: “In 2001, the University adopted the name ‘University of Lincoln’ and established the main centre of the University’s activities in Lincoln with the ambition to become a leading research-informed teaching university.  

“Just eight years on, the comprehensive external audits of research and teaching activity have now confirmed the dramatic advances of the University, providing it with a platform to become a world class university.”

The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise has underlined the academic ambitions of the University of Lincoln, as a research-based university.

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