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Middlesex University: Research

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how much research funding has been allocated to Middlesex university in each year since 1997; (308714)

(2) what his Department’s latest assessment of the quality of research undertaken at Middlesex university is; and if he will make a statement.

Middlesex university has received the following quality-related funding for research allocated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England:

Time series of HEFCE research funding for Middlesex university for academic years 1997-98 to 2009-10, prepared by HEFCE Analytical Services Group on 18 December 2009, figures are in cash terms, and include late grant adjustments

Middlesex university (£ million)

1997-98

1.93

1998-99

2.16

1999-2000

2.29

2000-01

2.31

2001-02

2.35

2002-03

1.76

2003-04

1.66

2004-05

1.63

2005-06

1.92

2006-07

1.86

2007-08

1.96

2008-09

1.95

2009-10

3.4

Higher Education Statistics Agency data show that Middlesex university received the following income from research councils (2008-09 data are not yet available):

Research council grants (£000)

1997-98

512

1998-99

417

1999-2000

557

2000-01

581

2001-02

335

2002-03

17

2003-04

98

2004-05

263

2005-06

339

2006-07

614

2007-08

1,247

Middlesex university achieved the following results in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, which was published on 18 December 2008. The Department itself does not directly assess the quality of research undertaken at universities.

Overall quality profile (percentage of research activity at each quality level)

Unit of assessment

FTE category A staff submitted

4*

3*

2*

1*

Unclassified

11 Nursing and Midwifery

7.90

5

30

40

20

5

12 Allied Health Professions and Studies

10.10

5

25

35

30

5

23 Computer Science and Informatics

22.30

10

25

45

20

0

32 Geography and Environmental Studies

12.15

5

35

40

20

0

36 Business and Management Studies

38.79

5

25

50

20

0

38 Law

7.30

0

15

35

50

0

40 Social Work and Social Policy and Administration

15.20

5

45

40

10

0

44 Psychology

14.50

0

10

30

60

0

57 English Language and Literature

8.50

5

30

50

15

0

60 Philosophy

7.00

20

45

30

5

0

63 Art and Design

19.00

5

20

55

15

5

64 History of Art, Architecture and Design

12.00

15

40

35

10

0

65 Drama, Dance and Performing Arts

12.10

20

35

25

20

0

66 Communication, Cultural and Media Studies

4.00

0

45

25

30

0

RAE2008 quality levels

Scale

Definition

4*

Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

3*

Quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which nonetheless falls short of the highest standards of excellence.

2*

Quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

1*

Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

Unclassified

Quality that falls below the standard of nationally recognised work, or work which does not meet the published definition of research for the purposes of this assessment.