Government funding doubled for University of Lincoln research

The University of Lincoln will receive one of the highest increases in annual government research funding in the country – with its share almost doubling.

The Lincoln university’s research funding will increase from £1.6 million to £3.1 million after a major review of standards across UK institutions.

More than half of the research submitted by Lincoln to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 was judged to be excellent or world leading (3* or 4*) – the highest score possible.

The university was placed in the top ten nationally for two major subject areas for the quality of its research publications, including in its largest discipline of health-related research.

On Thursday, March 26 the UK’s higher education funding councils announced how government block-grant research funding would be allocated based on the outcome of REF 2014.

The University of Lincoln will receive £3.1m annually in quality-related research funding from 2015/16. The percentage increase of just under 90% is one of the largest in the UK higher education sector.

In Lincoln’s largest subject submission, ‘Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy’, the University was placed 10th out of 94 institutions for quality of its research outputs.

This research incorporates the work of the Lincoln Institute for Health, a cross-disciplinary group connecting health-related studies.

In the ‘Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science’ subject area, Lincoln was placed second out of 29 institutions across the UK for the quality of outputs.

This area draws together Lincoln’s specialisms in Animal Behaviour, Welfare & Cognition; and Evolution and Ecology.

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, said: “This announcement is tremendous news for the University of Lincoln and reflects the exceptional quality of the research taking place across our institution.

“It is also a testament to the abilities and efforts of staff and students. What is particularly pleasing is the sheer variety of world-class research acknowledged to be taking place at Lincoln, ranging from laboratory science, business and management to studies of medieval history.”