International research excellence reason for major funding boost

International research excellence reason for major funding boost

Internationally leading research at the University of Aberdeen has played a key role in helping the institution achieve just over £90.4M from Scotland’s funding body.

The Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council (SFC) today announced its 2009/10 allocations to Scotland's universities.

Aberdeen's overall grant has risen by 7.2% which is more than double the sector average.

However its specific funding for research activity, £19,342,000 has climbed by 27% - the biggest rise among Scotland's research intensive institutions. Other universities, even those much bigger than Aberdeen, have risen less sharply, remained static or even declined.

The results of the recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), which placed Aberdeen among the UK's top research universities, informs how the SFC awards its research funding to universities.

The UK wide research review of universities found that all of Aberdeen's 33 submissions have research activity rated as world leading or internationally excellent.

For details on how Aberdeen performed see:

Professor Stephen Logan, Senior Vice Principal of the University of Aberdeen, said:

"This is an exceptionally exciting and transformational time for the University of Aberdeen. We are continuing to attract outstanding academics from the world's leading universities while the quality and scale of our research work has expanded vastly over recent years.

"Our students are also benefiting from improved facilities and support, and our campuses are being transformed by an ambitious £230M capital spending programme that includes our flagship new library as well as the new sports village, dental school and purpose built teaching and learning centre for medical students and health professionals.

"This latest funding allocation is a reflection of all the hard work put in by staff to achieve such an excellent performance in the recent Research Assessment Exercise, when the vast majority of our research activity was deemed to be of international quality.

"The SFC grant recognises the tremendous progress we have made and will greatly help us with our ambition of being among the world's top 100 institutions."