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100% of Computing Research is of 'International Quality'

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100% of research within the Computing Department at InfoLab21 was considered to be of international quality in the results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

Lancaster University's mission to excel in research at the highest international level has been given a boost overall with the results for the whole University.

The results reveal that 92% of Lancaster's 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 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.

For more details see LU News

Tue 06 January 2009

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