Research funding increases by over 40 per cent to £4.84m

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

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Oxford Brookes has seen a significant increase in Quality-related Research (QR) funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The University’s QR funding for 2015-16, announced last week (26 March) has risen from £3.44m to £4.84m.  This equates to an increase of 41 per cent compared to a three per cent rise across the sector.  This significant increase means that Oxford Brookes is the eighth** best performing university for increasing its funding.

This increase in research funding is reflective of the increase in our research power in the REF 2014 results. Our world leading experts are delivering ambitious and excellent research which is having a real impact in the UK and the wider world.

Linda King, Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Knowledge Exchange

The funding boost follows the University’s success in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) results for 2014 which showed *94 per cent of Brookes research to be internationally recognised and *59 per cent judged ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Professor Linda King, Interim Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, said: “The REF 2014 results were a reflection of the expertise and confidence of researchers from across Oxford Brookes and I am delighted to see this recognised in the recent funding announcement from HEFCE.

“This increase in research funding is reflective of the increase in our research power in the REF 2014 results.  Our world leading experts are delivering ambitious and excellent research which is having a real impact in the UK and the wider world.”

The REF is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, and replaces the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) which was last conducted in 2008.

Oxford Brookes submitted 44 case studies for REF 2014 which demonstrated specific impact that has been underpinned by excellent research. The impact case studies cover a diverse mix of research, from research helping to shape the legacy of London 2012 to influencing counter-terrorism policy and reducing the environmental impact of buildings.

These case studies and more information about Brookes’ REF 2014 performance can be found on the dedicated webpages at www.brookes.ac.uk/research/ref-2014/

 * All stated figures FTE weighted.

** Institutions below the threshold of £3m are not included in this ranking