Reporter 425, 19 October 1998

University shines in new élite research league

A new league table of research funding has ranked the University sixth in the UK. Based on figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, the table compares the institutions' market share of research contracts, irrespective of the amount of funding obtained.

This novel approach compensates for research excellence in subjects which do not require large amounts of expensive equipment and receive much less financial assistance, such as the humanities.

The findings, published in Research Fortnight magazine, confirm the University's reputation for research excellence across a broad range of disciplines. The table was described by The Guardian as the most authoritative and accurate league table of research funding to date.

"The University of Leeds has been consistently well placed in previous league tables of this nature and this latest strong performance indicates we are maintaining our place amongst the élite," said Dr Walter Lewis, Director of the Research Support Unit.

"Market share is a useful method of assessing research funding but Leeds would perform well in any assessment of research excellence."

A parallel survey by NERC chief executive John Krebs has also placed the University in its top ten. Leeds was listed as a 'major' recipient of funding from three research councils. Only six institutions were mentioned by more than three.

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