1.5 million research funding boost for Brookes

Thursday, 05 March 2009

Funding for research at Oxford Brookes will increase by more than 50% next year.

Funding for research at Oxford Brookes will increase by more than 50% next year following the University's success in the government's higher education research assessment.

The extra funding will be invested in the further development of research at Brookes with new posts and doctoral training programmes.

The extra allocation follows the Government's official Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in which more than three quarters of Brookes' research was recognised to be of international quality.

Today the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) announced its funding allocations for research for 2009/10 with Brookes' "quality-related" research grant to increase by £1.5 million to £4.3m.

Since the last RAE in 2001, Brookes has not only sustained internationally excellent ratings for its research in History but has developed further its expertise in a range of disciplines, including computer science, engineering, business, law, health, psychology, art and design, history of art, music, and town and country planning.

Professor Diana Woodhouse, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, said: "Over the last few years Brookes has prioritised research and allocated significant resources to its development.

"I am delighted that following the RAE, the funding council has recognised the excellent research undertaken within the University through additional funding.

"I will now work with Schools to build on our success.

As part of the University's investment in research, Professor Woodhouse will be consulting on the creation of new doctoral training programmes which cross disciplinary and school boundaries. Details of these are likely to be advertised in early summer.