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92% of research at Lancaster is of international quality

12/01/2008 08:54:07

To view Lancaster’s table adjusted for research intensity – click here

1st in UK for Physics

joint 1st in UK for Design, Art, Music and Theatre

joint 1st in UK for Bio-medicine part of the newly established School of Health and Medicine

90% of Lancaster’s academic staff are ‘research active’

Lancaster University’s mission to excel in research at the highest international level has been given a boost with the results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise revealing that 92% of its research is recognised as world leading or internationally significant and some key areas of research are ranked top in the UK.

Taking into account the high proportion of staff submitted to the RAE, Lancaster University emerges in the top ten in the country overall for research quality.

The RAE measures the quality of research conducted in universities and other higher education institutions in the UK against international standards of excellence.

Overall Lancaster submitted 90% of staff as ‘research active’ - considerably above the national norm.

Star subjects at Lancaster in include :

· Physics ranked 1st in the country

· Bio-medicine , part of Lancaster’s newly established School of Health and Medicine, is ranked joint 1st in the UK (in the Allied Health Professions and Studies UoA)

· Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts (LICA) which brings together Design, Art, Music and Theatre , Film and New Media is ranked joint 1st in the country

· Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) ranked joint 5th in the country

· Sociology is ranked 5th in the country

· Computing has 100% of research considered to be of international quality.

Over the past 6 years Lancaster’s research income has grown by 68%.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Trevor McMillan said that the results were a tribute to Lancaster’s talented academics and research teams, with all staff submitted to the RAE contributing to the now-recognised international research culture at Lancaster.

“Lancaster can go forward with strong confidence that itsreputation for research excellence , which is remarkable given the university’s relatively small size , has been sustained. This external recognition for research excellence is made more significant when considering Lancaster’s strong teaching record, its popularity amongst students, and the major impact that the university is making in its knowledge transfer activities which benefit the regional economy.”

Lancaster is one of only 29 UK universities ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide, coming in at number 170 in the annual THE-QS world university rankings and is currently ranked top University in the North West in the Independent, Guardian, Times and Sunday Times league tables . Lancaster University is the top ranked university in the North West and the joint top ranked University in the whole North of England, according to the 2008 National Student Survey.

To work out the overall rankings of LICA and Biomedicine , Lancaster University has used a methodology which produces a consolidated score for any institution that made more than one submission within these units of assessment.

The 2008 RAE outcomes are expressed differently than in the 2001 RAE. There is no longer a 1-5* rating scale. This has been replaced by a quality profile which identifies the proportion of activity reaching each of four defined 'starred' quality levels.

The RAE outcomes are used by the Funding Councils to distribute their block grant for research from 2009-10. The funding model using the 2008 RAE results will be announced in spring 2009.

2008 RAE Star Ratings

Rating Quality Level

4* Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour

3* Quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which
nonetheless falls short of the highest standards of excellence

2* Quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour

1* Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour
Unclassified Quality that falls below the standard of nationally recognised work. Or work
which does not meet the published definition of research for the purposes of assessment