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Top Research Centre accolade for University of Manchester

The Car Hire Manchester Airport location think all students who have studied at the university must be very pleased with the news.

One of the top five places for research is the University of Manchester after the independent Research Excellence Framework (REF) cemented the university’s place as one of the best in the country at the cutting edge for research and innovation.

A staggering 83% of research at the university is judged to be ‘world-leading’ worth four stars, or ‘internationally excellent’ worth three stars.

The university is ranked in fifth place out of 154 higher education institutions in terms of ‘research power’, calculated according to grades achieved by staff and average grades across disciplines submitted for judging. Just University College London, Oxford, Cambridge, and Edinburgh sit ahead of Manchester.

The university had one of the broadest submissions of any university in the UK, with research evaluated in 35 discipline areas, including biological sciences, physics, computer science and informatics, sociology and aeronautical, mechanical, chemical and manufacturing engineering.

The REF exercise also recognised the university’s impressive research environment and how its research influences people’s lives, from new drugs and inventions to public policy.

President and vice-chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, said “These results confirm Manchester’s place as one of only a handful of the UK’s leading research universities across a wide range of subjects, but also as a university with a commitment to making a real difference to society and the world we live in. The REF results show that we have sustained the research performance that we demonstrated following the merger of UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester in 2004 and that we have emerged as a bona fide world-leader in a number of subjects. We are committed to using this very sound base for further improvement so that we can reach our goal of becoming one of the top 25 universities in the world by 2020.”

The REF exercise assesses the quality of academic research. Results determine how much research funding universities are granted, with £2 billion a year up for grabs.

Judgements are also used to determine institutions’ rankings in league tables. A good performance can be the difference between departments closing and maintaining funding.

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