Issue date: 18 December 2001

28 UWE staff achieve national recognition for nursing research

At the University of the West of England (UWE) 28 staff have been recognised for contributing to nationally excellent research in the latest Research Assessment Exercise for universities.
Nursing, a strong new submission, was recognised
amongst other things for its contribution to research in cancer care, drug awareness education and evidence-based medical practice as well as research on older people.

UWE also did well in "studies allied to medicine" where a further 24 staff were felt to be submitting work showing international excellence in areas such as appearance and disfigurement, rehabilitation and epidemiology and research in biomedicine.

Alfred Morris, UWE Vice Chancellor said, "The University is keen to match its excellent teaching reputation with a markedly international research environment. I am delighted that this Research Assessment Exercise has recognised our major achievements thanks to a fast growing and accessible research culture in UWE."

Linda Skinner, Director of the University's Centre for Research, Innovation and Industry said, "UWE already commands a strong reputation among industry for research.
This latest peer evaluation reinforces the growth of research at UWE and the breadth of our research which benefits industry, government and society."

Editor's notes

1. The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) was published on 14 December. It assesses the quality of research in UK universities to enable the Higher Education Funding Council for England to distribute public funds selectively on the basis of quality. The RAE was last conducted in 1996. The ratings range from 1 to 5* (with 5* highest), according to how much work is judged to reach national or international levels of excellence.

2. The research strength ("research power") of a university is measured by the university's research rating and the number of staff selected for research. UWE's research power has improved by 71% since 1996.

3. 322 UWE staff overall were submitted for the RAE in 2001.

4. For Nursing UWE achieved a top rating in the South-West on a par with Southampton University.

5. UWE's full results are available on www.uwe.ac.uk .

6. Some two thirds of UWE research funding comes from non-government sources.

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