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9th January 2009, 10:55am
Lincoln could double expected research funding
University of Lincoln Logo The University of Lincoln could be in line for funding of around £1.9 million – almost double initial estimates – following its success in a recent national research assessment of UK universities.

According to a funding formula released this week by ResearchResearch Ltd, the leading source of research information in the UK, calculations which may be used to determine the allocation of funding could see £1.9 million being invested in the University – around eight times more than was allocated in the last assessment in 2001.

The ResearchResearch Ltd calculation is based on giving the heaviest weightings to university research considered to be ‘world-leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*), the highest categories possible in the Research Assessment Exercise.  The University submitted in 14 Units of Assessment.  More than two thirds of work was recognised as having world-leading elements, with 50% or more rated as being of an international standard.

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

The University’s success in the recent RAE, which was conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), is particularly impressive for such a young university.  It was only in 2001 that 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 and teaching university.

Just seven years on, the comprehensive external national audits of research, teaching activity and the student experience have now confirmed the dramatic advances of the University of Lincoln, which has overtaken a number of longer-established UK higher education institutions.

The ResearchResearch Ltd funding formula also suggests that many of these institutions, especially research-intensive universities including the Russell Group, may lose out when funding is announced on 4 March 2009, further demonstrating Lincoln’s success in the higher education sector.

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