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1 Research at Lancaster: Excellence and Sustainability Trevor McMillan APC, March 2008

2 Overall aim: Increase volume and quality of research that is world leading in academic terms and has an impact on regional, national and international social and economic issues.

3 What is seen as research excellence in ? The production of novel thoughts and analyses that are highly respected by global peers. The production of novel thoughts and analyses that are highly respected by potential users and funders of the research. The attraction of high quality research staff and students that receive a stimulating and effective apprenticeship A research governance framework that is fit for purpose

4 Key elements of sustainability of high quality research? Academic staff at the leading edge of their discipline A vibrant research community Research staff and students that are capable and well motivated A world class infrastructure (library, IT, laboratories, equipment) and research support (RSO, contracts) Active collaboration with world class researchers Active engagement with users of research Full engagement with public, private and voluntary sector research funders regionally, nationally and internationally Diverse funding streams that provide the appropriate financial security and strategic direction.

5 General questions for today? Are we clear how we want to position Lancaster with respect to research? What are we getting right? Is our subject portfolio appropriate? Is our blue skies/applied ratio appropriate? Are their elements of our central and faculty research support that could be improved? Does our physical infrastructure match our ambitions?

6 Table 2: Headcount of all postgraduate students (including part-time) Loughborough University5,714 The University of Bath5,026 The University of Exeter4,618 The University of Kent4,523 The University of Reading4,025 The University of East Anglia3,621 The University of Lancaster3,608 The University of Sussex3,300 The University of Essex2,902 Royal Holloway and Bedford New College2,135 The University of St Andrews1,885 The University of Manchester11,073 The University of Warwick10,050 The University of Leeds8,900 The University of Sheffield7,302 The Manchester Metropolitan University5,995 The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne5,412 University of Durham5,296 The University of York4,195 The University of Central Lancashire4,176 The University of Liverpool3,699 The University of Lancaster3,608 POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS

7 PhDs Graduating 2006 PhDs Graduating/FTE Sector 1 (Russell Group) PhDs Graduating/FTE Sector 2 (1994 Group +) PhDs Graduating/FTE LU Clinical medicine Biological Sciences Physics and maths Engineering Performing arts Humanities and languages Social sciences Health and medically related

8 How to increase the PGR community? Develop the package: A Lancaster University Graduate School Find more student funding Consider different formats e.g. the Professional Doctorates Advertise well with our own students Ensure we have processes that facilitate completion

9 The University of Sheffield24% The University of Manchester22% The University of York21% University of Durham21% The University of Lancaster19% The University of Leeds18% The University of Liverpool18% The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne17% The University of Warwick16% The Manchester Metropolitan University3% The University of Central Lancashire1% The University of St Andrews27% The University of Sussex26% The University of Reading22% The University of Essex22% The University of Bath21% The University of East Anglia21% Royal Holloway and Bedford New College21% The University of Lancaster19% Loughborough University17% The University of Exeter14% The University of Kent10% QR income

10 Grant income UK Higher Education Research Yearbook, 2007 Comparison against 1994+

11 The University of Liverpool266% The University of Central Lancashire250% The University of Warwick219% The Manchester Metropolitan University214% The University of Manchester213% The University of Sheffield197% The University of York195% The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne189% The University of Leeds180% University of Durham157% The University of Lancaster132% Loughborough University221% The University of St Andrews209% The University of East Anglia187% The University of Bath159% The University of Essex156% The University of Kent147% The University of Lancaster132% The University of Sussex130% The University of Exeter128% The University of Reading121% Royal Holloway and Bedford New College71% Leverage of QR

12 Success rates with Research Councils NERC Overall BBSRC Responsive mode STFC Overall EPSRC Overall 06/07 04/0505/06 Lancaster 37%20%40%36% Overall 29%26%47%28%



15 Increasing research income? Follow the funding? Short term and longer term through positioning ourselves for specific initiatives (Especially National Centres) and adapting our portfolio. Increase staff mentoring and grant screening More resource in RSO to aid applications Better research council intelligence

16 Citations per publication and number of patents dont compare well with this group. Library House 2007

17 Increasing citations? Fully functional institutional repository for outputs and data Support publication in open access journals Improve international profile of the University Examine publication strategies (multiple short v single long)

18 All universities interact in proportion to their income with industry. There is no correlation whatsoever between the quality of research being conducted at a university and the extent of the industrial interaction of that university. All universities appear to have a similar level of industry interaction, regardless of the quality of the research being conducted. However, the type of interaction differs. High quality research universities have a higher propensity to interact with large companies, whilst lower quality research universities focus more on the SME market. An Analysis of the UK University Technology and Knowledge Transfer Activities. Library House

19 InstitutionHEIF Indicative HEIF Indicative HEIF Indicative HEIF University of Bath1,218,3921,520,8011,740,3671,900,000 University of Central Lancashire603,1251,004,5071,295,9331,507,811 University of Durham873,9531,329,1791,659,7001,900,000 University of East Anglia672,1821,007,1061,250,2811,427,078 University of Essex865,0871,324,2471,657,6231,900,000 University of Exeter840,0001,310,2901,651,7481,900,000 University of Kent825,0001,171,9801,423,9071,607,067 King's College London1,500,0001,677,4681,806,3201,900,000 Lancaster University900,0001,343,6701,665,8001,900,000 University of Leeds1,500,0001,677,4681,806,3201,900,000 University of Leicester511,725852,2811,099,5441,279,313 University of Liverpool958,5011,376,2161,679,5011,900,000 Royal Holloway, University of London1,060,125990,630940,173903,489 University of Salford693,6151,155,2181,490,3691,734,036 University of Surrey1,350,2491,594,1571,771,2481,900,000 University of Sussex614,3071,023,1301,319,9601,535,766 University of Warwick1,175,4101,496,8891,730,3011,900,000 University of York1,181,2501,500,1381,731,6691,900,000 HEIF 4 Allocations

20 Industrial income


22 Our industry income is small compared with our research income

23 Our current portfolio probably doesnt help in terms of industry income

24 Enhancing KT activity? Individual/institutional Knowledge Experience Advocacy

25 So what do we need to do to make a step change in the impact of our research? Recruit and support high quality research staff (including giving enough time for research) More funded and prestigious fellowships Develop the concept of the Lancaster Graduate School Review our research portfolio Ensure that we have high quality research infrastructure and governance Enhance our user friendliness Maximize the international profile of our research

26 RESEARCH IMPACT Breakout Questions. Is our current research portfolio sustainable? How do we increase volume of grant applications without sacrificing quality? How do we recruit more PGRs? How do we develop more institutional level international research partnerships? How do we increase activity with industry and other non- government sources organisations? How do we maximise the perception of our research within HE and outside?

27 Inclusive Knowledgeable Empathetic Ambitious

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