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Research funding hits £150m at The University of Nottingham

   
   
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Funding for world-leading research at The University of Nottingham has reached £150m for the first time.

The international reputation of the University’s research in energy, drug discovery, global food security, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, biomedical imaging and many other areas has helped to push research funding at Nottingham to unprecedented levels.

The total of more than £150 million received for the academic year 2009/10 represents an increase of 7.2 per cent on the previous year’s figure — a resounding endorsement of the University’s reputation as a centre of research excellence.

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There were significant increases in 2009-10 in the number of awards won from research councils, the European Union and from charities. There was also an increase in the value of awards received from the UK government.

Over the course of the year, there were a total of 720 new funding awards, including an increase in the value of awards made to the Faculty of Law and Social Science — up from £5m in 2008/9 to £12m in 2009/10. The Faculty saw an increase in the number of awards from 97 to 122.

Awards to the Faculty of Science were up, from £38m to £42m in 2009/10. The Faculty of Arts also saw an increase in the number of research awards received — from 37 to 47 — representing a 27 per cent increase over the course of the year.

Professor Bob Webb, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, said: “This is a significant milestone for The University of Nottingham in terms of our research profile and the success of our world-class research teams across all five faculties. It continues to build on the excellent positive trajectory demonstrated in RAE 2008, demonstrating the dedication and commitment of our staff and the quality of our world-leading research.”

The University of Nottingham has a broad research portfolio but has also identified and badged 13 research priority groups, in which a concentration of expertise, collaboration and resources create significant critical mass. Key research areas at Nottingham include energy, drug discovery, global food security, biomedical imaging, advanced manufacturing, integrating global society, operations in a digital world, and science, technology & society.

Through these groups, Nottingham researchers will continue to make a major impact on global challenges.

Major grants received during 2009-10 include:

• £6.5m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), for an energy research centre. The Energy Technologies Building will underline Nottingham’s leading role in global energy research and the strength of its links with industry; the building itself will have excellent environmental credentials, with designers aiming to make it one of the lowest-carbon buildings in the country.

• £3.6m from the ERDF to help establish the Institute for Aerospace Technology, which will drive the development of cutting-edge technology and help to fund construction of a new research facility — the Aerospace Technology Centre, a dedicated facility housing around 100 staff which will be the biggest of its kind in the UK.

• Nottingham is also a key partner in an £8.3m Centre for Innovative Manufacturing, which will develop products and systems that allow doctors to administer new regenerative treatments for chronic disease and age-related health problems. The Centre, funded by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council together with industry partners, will take advantage of world-leading Nottingham research into regenerative medicine.

More information is available on the University’s new research and knowledge transfer website at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/research.aspx

Dr Richard Masterman, Director of Research Innovation Services at The University of Nottingham, said: “Our new research and knowledge transfer website demonstrates how excellence and critical mass combine to address global challenges in a coordinated and effective way. There are multiple examples of how our research is having world-changing economic, social and cultural impact.”

The Research Assessment Exercise 2008, the most recent comprehensive assessment of research at UK universities, found that more than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham, described by The Times as “the nearest Britain has to a truly global university”, has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings.

The University is committed to providing a truly international education for its 39,000 students, producing world-leading research and benefiting the communities around its campuses in the UK and Asia.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranked the University 7th in the UK by research power.

The University’s vision is to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health.

More news from the University at: www.nottingham.ac.uk/news

Facts and figures at: www.nottingham.ac.uk/about/facts/factsandfigures.aspx

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