Research general

Edge Hill University will receive the highest percentage increase in research funding in the sector, according to figures announced today by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The funding allocation – increased by 355.3% since the last such exercise in 2008 – is based on outstanding performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 and comes in the wake of the University being named both University of the Year 2014-15 and Best University Workplace by Times Higher Education.

Professor George Talbot, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Edge Hill University said:

“This funding is a way-stage in our 10-year strategy which I am very confident will deliver a five-fold increase in successful PhD completions by REF 2020, stronger scores for the three categories (of Outputs, Impact and Environment) and a greater intensity of performance. We are especially pleased to have recorded 4* impact case studies in Education, Health, Media and Sport considering we are a young University with a short history of research activity in many of our disciplines.”

Mark Allanson, Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations) at Edge Hill University said:

“The University of the Year panel said that we ‘improve and impress year after year’. Increased research power is just one element of our journey of that impressive development, firmly establishing the University as an authoritative voice both in the Higher Education sector and the wider community.”

Edge Hill University performed strongly in the national Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, with all subject areas featuring ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’ research.

Scores for all six of the Units of Assessment (UOA) Edge Hill submitted in the 2008 RAE improved in the 2014 REF, and all 12 of the UOAs submitted by the University for this assessment were classified as exhibiting ‘internationally excellent’ research within them. Ten were identified as having ‘world-leading’ research.

The University has recently established three research institutes: the Institute for Public Policy & Professional Practice (I4P), the Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI) and the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE). These will play a vital role in forming external partnerships and engaging with users of our research in ways which will support the institution’s impact strategy for the future.