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Research Excellence Framework (ref) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a national assessment of research quality co-ordinated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). 98% of University of Reading research is internationally recognised, and 78% of our research is classed as internationally excellent. 27% of our research is world leading.

The REF places the University of Reading 19th in the UK by research intensity (a measure of quality adjusted by the proportion of researchers submitted), and 27th in the UK by research power (out of 154 submitted institutions). Research power recognises both the quality and quantity of research submitted into the exercise.  REF Results 2014

Research income

Over the last year, we received more than £40m in external research grant awards, of which approximately £17m came from Research Councils, £12m from UK and EU government bodies, £4.5m from charities, and £4.5m from industry.
[Source: Research and Enterprise Development Research Grants and Contracts 2013/14]

Our total research income over the last year has been over £50m.
[Source: HESA FSR 2013/14, HEFCE Quality-related research funding data 2013/14. Income from research grants and contracts £34m, recurrent research income from funding body £17m]

Research councils

The University has received in the region of £12m in award value from Research Councils in 2013/14. In 2013/14, it ranked in the top 25 for both number and value of awards recieved.
[Source: Times Higher Education Research Council awards 2013/14]

The University of Reading is ranked in the top 5 of UK HEIs on the basis of value of awards received from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), with over £5m in awards.
[Source: Times Higher Education Research Council awards 2013/14]

Research Students

Over a third of UK doctoral researchersat Reading are funded by the Research Councils.
[Source: HESA Student Return 2013/14]

The University has over a thousand doctoral researchers from over eighty countries. Around 40% are from outside the EU.
[Source: HESA Student Return 2013/14]

Applications for full-time doctoral research programmes have increased by over 60% between 2010 and 2015.
[Source: RISIS Student Record System, Autumn term entry]

Individual Faculty figures

Faculty of Science

Research income 2012/131

£17,910,000

'Teaching and Research' staff2

150

Research only staff3

185

Research students4

280

Faculty of Life Sciences

Research income 2011/121

£13,630,000

'Teaching and Research' staff2

180

Research only staff3

110

Research students4

400

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

Research income 2011/121

£1,440,000

'Teaching and Research' staff2

215 

Research only staff3

15

Research students4

320 

Henley Business School

Research income 2011/121

£770,000

'Teaching and Research' staff2

90

Research only staff3

5

Research students4

230

Notes to figures

1Source: University of Reading/Finance Department 2013/14. Please note that this is income from externally funded grants and contracts and excludes HEFCE research funding. All figures rounded to the nearest £1,000.

2Source: University of Reading (Trent), September 2014. Academic staff FTE whose contract covers 'Teaching and Research' (HESA academic employment function). All figures are rounded to the nearest 5 or 10.

3Source: University of Reading (Trent), September 2014. Academic staff FTE whose contract covers 'Research only' (HESA academic employment function). All figures are rounded to the nearest 5 or 10.

4Source: University of Reading (RISIS), 1 December 2014. Headcount of full fee liable research students. All figures rounded to the nearest 5 or 10.

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