Birmingham is confirmed as top research player in the region

Posted on Thursday 5th March 2009

The Higher Education Funding Council for England announced today that it will award the University of Birmingham funding of £44.6 million for research, placing the University top in the region and 11th nationally.

This is the first award of funding that reflects Birmingham’s performance in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008 - a UK-wide survey of research quality - which ranked 89.9% of the University’s research as being “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, Professor Michael Sterling, said:

“At the University of Birmingham, we are committed to carrying out research that has global impact; that is agenda-setting; that changes lives.  This award recognises that the quality and quantity of research activity undertaken at Birmingham is delivering just that.  This confirms the University’s position as a major international research player and the biggest in the region.”


Notes to Editors:

Higher Education Funding Council for England – recurrent grant for 2009-10, by West Midlands region



Total recurrent research funding


Regional research funding ranking


National research funding ranking

University of Birmingham 44620 1 11
University of Warwick 32414 2 15
Keele University 6563 3 48
Aston University 6171 4 51
University of Wolverhampton 2169 5 77
Coventry University 2067 6 79
Birmingham City University 1735 7 81
Staffordshire University 885 8 88
Harper Adams University College 462 9 100
University of Worcester 323 10 106
Newman University College 51 11 120
University College Birmingham 0 12 125
Total 97,460

Further information:

Rachel Burrows – Head of Communications, University of Birmingham

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