Durham rides high with research income
(5 August 2004)
Durham's position in the upper ranks of UK universities in terms of research income is confirmed by the latest nationally published information.
The figures, for 2002-03, show income from research grants and contracts plus the research-quality related income from the Higher Education funding councils. They reflect both the volume and relative subject-mix within the universities, with institutions engaged in leading-edge science, technology and medical research occupying the upper part of the list.
There is a top 10 of large universities, mainly the major civics and others with full-scale medical schools, with research income of more than £100 million each, followed by about 20 more, including Durham, with more than £40 million Durham is listed at 26th with a combined income of £43 million just ahead of the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology on £40.7 million. The University of Cambridge tops the list with £230 million.
This list is based on volume, but when compared with tables based on the national quality assessment of research, it shows that for its moderate size Durham delivers a very high level of quality. Although 26th in terms of volume, Durham is ranked 12th in the current Research Assessment Exercise ratings, and placed 8th for overall quality by The Times University Guide.
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