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Research

Research in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences is structured in a multidsciplinary way, enabling close and fruitful interdisciplinary research collaboration between staff. The research activity of our school is organised into the following groups:

Research Assessment Exercise 2008

The Centre for Biomedical and Health Science Research continues to build upon substantial achievements, and in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008, 80% of the school's health-science related research judged to be of international standing.

The school submitted 35 researchers within the 'Allied health professions and studies' sub-panel 12 in the 2008 RAE. This reflects a doubling of the research activity in this area since the previous assessment in 2001. 80% of the research was judged to be of international standing, of which 10% was 'world leading' (4*).

The school also contributed 2 of the 17 researchers in the sub-panel 17 ‘Earth and Environmental Systems’ submission, 90% of which was judged to be of international standing.

This performance contributed to the University of Brighton moving up 21 places in terms of the research active universities within the UK (according to the Times Higher Education, 18 December 2008 analysis of the Research Assessment Exercise results) making it one of the 'major gainers'.

The head of school, Professor John Smart, said that he was pleased to see acknowledgement of the growth in research activity made within the school in the past few years. He looked forward to further significant advances in the future, particularly in the light of the state-of-the-art research facilities planned within the new building completed in 2010, and the large number of 'early career' researchers currently working within the school."

Professor Bruce Brown, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the university said: "The university has succeeded in broadening its research base and has driven up the quality of research across a larger range of subject areas. Seventy-nine per cent of our research is of international standing and we are also judged to be the leading modern university in terms of the quality of our research. Overall, we are determined this work will make substantial contributions to social, economic and cultural well-being. For us there are only two types of research — applied research and yet to be applied research."

Find out more on the 2008 RAE: www.rae.ac.uk

 

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