Anglia Ruskin research funding is doubled

Published: 30 March 2015 at 09:00

Government increases allocation after 12 areas of research found to be world-leading

Anglia Ruskin University has had its Government research funding doubled after an assessment revealed 12 areas of its work as world-leading.

Universities have this week discovered how much money will be given to them by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). As a result of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 - which assessed the quality of research - and an evaluation of the number of academic staff, Anglia Ruskin has seen its funding rise to £2,293,666, up 99.5% from last year's allocation of £1,149,714.

A table published by Times Higher Education revealed Anglia Ruskin enjoyed the sixth highest rise in funding of all modern (post-1992) universities.

Anglia Ruskin's allocation from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) is also up by 50%, from £1,729,500 to £2,594,294.

These figures are subject to agreement by the new Government formed after the General Election in May.

Professor Richard Andrews, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, said:

"Our REF results last December were extremely encouraging and we are pleased to see that the amount of research money we will receive will reflect those excellent results.

"These numbers all still need to be ratified by the Government elected in May. If confirmed, this would provide us with a solid foundation for research and innovation investment for 2015/16.

"I would once again like to congratulate our outstanding academic staff for continuing to strive for excellence in research and for making a real difference to people's lives in so many fields."

Amongst the Anglia Ruskin research singled out for praise during REF 2014 was a study conducted by Professor Helen Odell-Miller to help people with dementia, mental health issues and autistic children through the use of music therapy.

Anglia Ruskin's Vision and Eye Research Unit (VERU) was recognised for its work to improve eye and healthcare for diabetic patients of South Asian origin, while VERU's Professor Rupert Bourne has been leading the most comprehensive study ever undertaken into the prevalence of global blindness. The findings have directly impacted on healthcare policymakers and professionals, charities and economic analysts around the world.