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RAE highlights Liverpool's world-class research

Liverpool, UK - 18 December 2008: The University of Liverpool has been ranked highly by the Government¿s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in subjects ranging from Infection and Immunology to Architecture and Materials Science.

A total of 53% of research staff were ranked in the highest categories of 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent) for their research in the assessment which also saw Liverpool ranked second in the UK for Materials Science. A total of 70% of research in this area was judged to be in the 4* and 3* categories. Materials Science recently benefited from a £36 million overall investment in the University’s Department of Engineering infra-structure to promote cross-disciplinary activity.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Howard Newby, said: “The University has achieved excellent results in areas of key importance. Liverpool’s successes span a wide range of disciplines from Chemistry and Infection and Immunology through to Architecture and History.

“The University is global in both its outlook and its aspirations, and I am delighted that such a breadth of research at Liverpool has been judged to be world-leading in its field, underlining the international significance of our work.”

Read a summary of the results.

The RAE evaluates the quality of research being carried out at higher education institutions across the UK through a process of peer review. The results will be used to allocate £1.5 billion of public funding for research annually until the next assessment, planned in 2013, when the current system will be replaced by the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Liverpool was ranked in the top 10 nationally in a number of disciplines, including Infection and Immunology, which was ranked joint fourth in the UK for 4* research and 65% of its research was judged as 4* and 3*. The University has a strong research base in infectious disease and has established a £20 million Biomedical Research Centre in Microbial Diseases in collaboration with the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Liverpool was ranked joint seventh in the UK for 4* research in Chemistry, and 70% of its research was judged to be in the 4* and 3* categories. The Department has benefited from a £17 million investment which has included the development of an £8.2 million Centre for Materials Discovery. The Centre focuses on applying state-of-the-art techniques to the discovery of new functional materials.

The University was also ranked joint fourth in the UK for 4* research in History, and 70% of its research was judged to be 4* and 3*. Archaeology was ranked joint sixth in the UK for 4* research and 65% of its research in the 4* and 3* categories; Architecture was ranked third in the UK for 4* research with 75% of its research ranked 4* and 3* and Computer Science was ranked joint seventh for 4* research, with 75% of its research ranked 4* and 3*. Earth and Ocean Sciences was ranked joint ninth for 4* research, with 75% of its research ranked 4* and 3*.

The University also demonstrated significant strengths in a number of other areas as diverse as English, Irish Studies, Veterinary Science, Physics, Applied Mathematics, and Health Sciences.
 

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^^

That's the spin they put on it, sounds good... but in reality the results were mostly dissapointing for the Uni, who is now ranked bottom of the prestigious 'Russel Group' of top reserach Universities in the country. Ultimately the Uni will get less funding in future as a result of this RAE... and there's big departmental 'restructuring' going on at the moment, ie 'culling' so it aint quite the pretty picture they make it out to be.
 

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I thought that those results where cherry picked when I read the article. Overall rankings weren't reported. :eek:hno:

Why is Liverpool U in relative decline? The sorts of universities I thought were comparable to it (ie, Sheffield, Newcastle, Leeds) are actually more highly ranked. What's happened and what can be done about it?
 

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The difference in average scores for each institution in the Russell Group isn't that great according to a table I saw in the Times - Liverpool is 2.54, Cambridge is 2.(something higher!).

In comparison with other members of the Russell Group Liverpool falls down by having too many departments (in the humanities and social sciences) that aren't producing research at the highest standard. Its philosophy department, for example, didn't produce any research at the highest standard despite having three professors! This suggests that there is something badly wrong there, or that the department is so cutting edge that the panels couldn't sort out the wheat from the chaff.

Taking on Tom's point about culling, most of the top universities prepared for this exercise with surgical precision, streamlining accordingly and buying in top researchers to boost their profile, if Liverpool has too many departments that are not producing research or enough research at the highest level then this is a source for concern and action needs to be taken to ensure that the university is better prepared for the next evaluation in 2013 (I think).
 

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Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)

RAE subject success
15 January 2009

According to the Times Higher Education Tables of Excellence, LJMU is one of the top performing post-92 universities for Architecture and Built Environment, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, General Engineering, Physics and Sports-Related Studies.

The Times Higher Education devised their tables of excellence to rank institutions according to both individual subject successes and their overall quality following the publication of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) results.

Institutionally, LJMU has improved its overall research ranking since the last RAE in 2001. We are now ranked 81st out of 132 institutions - an overall improvement of 5 places.

In terms of specific RAE subject ratings, LJMU has performed well against other post-92 universities and is ranked:

• 1st for Architecture and Built Environment
• 1st for Electrical and Electronic Engineering
• 1st for General Engineering
• 1st for Sports-Related Studies
• 2nd for Anthropology
• 2nd for Physics
• 3rd for Biological Sciences
• 7th for Nursing and Midwifery
• 8th for Subjects Allied to Medicine​

Professor Andy Young, LJMU's Director of Research, said:

"Our success in the RAE is due to the exceptional quality of our staff and their commitment to undertaking research of national and international significance. LJMU is committed to investing further in original and rigorous research due to the important contributions this can bring to the student experience, skills training, and knowledge transfer with commerce and industry."​

To see the Times Higher Education tables, click here: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/

If you would like to review the official RAE data, click here: http://www.rae.ac.uk/

To read related RAE articles, click here: http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/NewsUpdate/index_97720.htm

Source: LJMU News Update
 

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Liverpool Hope University

Hope Work 'World Class' Says Research Assessment Exercise



Work from two of Liverpool Hope University's departments has scored the highest possible grade in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. The University's department of Theology and Religious Studies and the department of Social Work both submitted work described by the exercise as showing 'Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour'.

The Revd. Professor Kenneth Newport, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Academic Development at the University, stated: "The success in Theology & Religious Studies is a real credit to the team and to the University; to score so highly with such a large submission is a very significant achievement.

'The temptation of course is to cream off the very best researchers and submit only them with the aim of achieving a better headline score. We did not do that. At Hope every single full-time member of the Theology & Religious Studies team was submitted. This success demonstrates that international quality research is deeply embedded in the department and indeed is central to it'.

A number of Hope departments submitted work assessed as '...internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour', including Computer Science and Informatics, Psychology, Education, English Language and Literature and Music.

Source: Hope News
 

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yeah liverpool uni seems to be under performing in it's social and environmental studies faculty, with the exception of architecture, it's hardly suprising given the condition of the south campus and the buildings that house this part of university. it's always been a great uni for sciences but cannot afford to neglect it's other faculties if it wants to compete nationally and internationally. though i do believe the economic renaissance of liverpool, aswell as the rising levels of good grades in high schools in merseyside that were reported today should help all 3 universities improve on their rankings
 

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University of Liverpool offers all staff voluntary redundancy
Jan 16 2009
by Laura Sharpe, Liverpool Daily Post

THE University of Liverpool has offered voluntary redundancy to all its staff.

The move spells upheaval for the university with trade union sources saying up to 200 redundancies are planned.

University sources also claim an unofficial freeze on academic recruitment has been operating since June.

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In other words there is a sense that not enough academics are delivering the goods (much cited articles published in mucho kudos journals). Of course, they teach like angels - or so they claim and that is just as important.

But not in the real world.
 

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In other words there is a sense that not enough academics are delivering the goods (much cited articles published in mucho kudos journals). Of course, they teach like angels - or so they claim and that is just as important.

But not in the real world.
Exactly. Too many departments underperforming accross the board. The new VC's top priority is that Liverpool is a 'world class research insitute'. Expect to see fewer departments, less variety of subjects and a greater emphasis on research/publications and a bigger drive to get more post graduate students, especially foreign students.

As for 'voluntary redundancy' - internally they called it the 'mutual disengagement policy'.. :nuts: Essentially they're trying to offer incentives to older academics, close to retire, who cost the Uni a lot of money, to leave early so that they can replace them with younger (cheaper) more research orientated staff.

It's an interesting time of transition, but understanably there's a fair deal of uncertainty and concern amongst staff...
 

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Emcor to build £13m Liverpool Uni power plant

13 February 2009, 09:51

Stockport-based Emcor Engineering Services has won a £13.5m contract to build a new combined heating and power plant for the University of Liverpool.

The contract, awarded by the subsidiary University of Liverpool Energy Company, is to create a new energy centre to feed the university's district heating system for the north and south campuses either side of Brownlow Hill.

The Grade II-listed Victorian Boiler House will house the plant with a glazed extension built for extra boilers.
 

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I've just noticed that the new Engineering building is suddenly all lit up! It's got some sort of lighting system integrated into the outer cladding, and it's currently cycling through red, pink, green and blue colours in a most pleasing fashion! The is a complete surprise to me and puts the whole building much higher in my estimation.. :)

Check it out if you can find somewhere to view it from. I don't know whether the intention is that it's on all evenings, but I can absolutely gaurantee that someone will lodge a formal complaint about the 'shocking missue of precious resources' and the 'uncessary contribution to the University's carbon footprint' and it'll be shut down faster than you can switch off a 60watt light bulb..
 

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brilliant ^^
 

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Superb, just goes to show what lighting can do to a building and also what happens when someone has a bit of foresight.

Why can't all developers/architects/planners think like this.
 

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Magnificent, lets have more..........

I've just noticed that the new Engineering building is suddenly all lit up! It's got some sort of lighting system integrated into the outer cladding, and it's currently cycling through red, pink, green and blue colours in a most pleasing fashion! The is a complete surprise to me and puts the whole building much higher in my estimation.. :).

Looks absolutely brilliant:lol: thanks for the photo`s Tom. I did post back in October that NWDA and the University would be spending £650k on Phase 3 of the City Centre Feature Lighting programme. This building together with the Victoria Building and Churchill Flyover will also be getting the treatment.

We have all seen this famous bridge on New Years eve, but on the other 364 days of the year ,this is what it looks like at night.....................



Grosvenor promised us an exciting lighting system ,and they delivered, I wish other parts of the City Centre would follow their lead.
 
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