26th March 2015, 10:19am
Quality of research recognised by doubling of funding
Laboratory research The share of national research funding awarded to the University of Lincoln will almost double following a major review of research standards across the UK’s universities.

More than half of the research submitted by Lincoln to the national Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 was judged to be internationally excellent or world-leading (3* or 4*) – the highest scores possible. The University was placed in the top ten nationally for two major subject areas for the quality of its research publications, including in its largest discipline of health-related research.

Today (26th March 2015) the UK’s higher education funding councils announced how government block-grant research funding will be allocated based on the outcome of REF 2014. The University of Lincoln will receive £3.1m annually in quality-related research funding from 2015/16 – almost double the £1.6m awarded currently. The percentage increase of just under 90% is one of the largest in the UK higher education sector.

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, said: “This announcement is tremendous news for the University of Lincoln and reflects the exceptional quality of the research taking place across our institution. It is also a testament to the abilities and efforts of staff and students. What is particularly pleasing is the sheer variety of world-class research acknowledged to be taking place at Lincoln, ranging from laboratory science, business and management to studies of medieval history.”

In Lincoln’s largest subject submission, ‘Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy’, the University was placed 10th out of 94 institutions for quality of its research outputs. This research incorporates the work of the Lincoln Institute for Health, a cross-disciplinary group connecting health-related studies.

In the ‘Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science’ subject area, Lincoln was placed second out of 29 institutions across the UK for the quality of outputs. This area draws together Lincoln’s specialisms in Animal Behaviour, Welfare & Cognition; and Evolution and Ecology.

REF 2014 assessed the quality and impact of research in all UK universities across all disciplines and was conducted by the higher education funding councils.

Results are now being used by the funding councils to allocate block-grant research funding to universities from 2015-16. Around £2bn of research funding will be allocated annually based on the results. The next REF is due to take place in 2020.

In total 154 UK universities took part in REF 2014, making just under 2,000 submissions from 52,000 academic staff. Almost 200,000 research outputs and 7,000 impact case studies were considered by 36 expert sub-panels.

To learn more about research at the University of Lincoln, visit our Research Showcase.
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