Published: 18th December 2008
MANCHESTER Metropolitan has 'world leading' research in the sciences, arts, education and social sciences, according to a UK-wide assessment of university research quality.
The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, which will determine £1.5 billion in funding annually from 2009-10, rated research in 17 subject areas at MMU and found work of international excellence in all, and additionally identified world class research in 12 areas.
Particularly strong is MMU's research capacity in education, English language and literature, art and design and environmental science.
There were also excellent results in philosophy - where 95% of research is 'internationally recognised' - and in European studies and sociology.
Our education research is now in the top 10 in the country, with 55% of its work rated "of international excellence" and a fifth of it "world leading".
Led by Professor Harry Torrance the innovative group of researchers has attracted £8 million for the study of standards in schools, the professionalism of teachers, IT in the classroom, research methodology and a host of other cutting-edge activity.
There were also areas of 'world leading' research in health, biomedical sciences, computer science, business & management, social work & social policy, drama, dance & performing arts.
The largest group of researchers was submitted in art & design - more than 60 experts - the 4th largest group of researchers in the UK, and one of the strongest outside London.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerry Kelleher said: "This is a good result for MMU. We have put a lot more researchers into the RAE than many universities – 440 – and still raised our standards.
"It shows we have strength in depth in research across the board, which is good for staff, good for the students they are teaching, and excellent for our reputation as one of the leading modern universities."
Overall more than a third of MMU research was rated 'internationally excellent' or better, and more than three-quarters 'internationally recognised'.
Professor Val Edwards Jones, Acting Director of Research, said: "We have increased the total number of staff submitted to this RAE by nearly 25% compared to 2001. The results across all Units of Assessments are something we are all very proud of and this is an excellent basis on which we can continue to grow research of the very highest quality throughout MMU."