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The University of Warwick Vision 2015 The Research Dimension One year on. Vision 2015 Strategy: Research I. 1.1 Appoint only the most able staff 1.2 45 ISI highly cited 1.3 Boost research quality by benchmarking to World standards 1.4 Develop of the Institute for Advanced Study

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Vision 2015 Strategy: Research I

1.1 Appoint only the most able staff

1.2 45 ISI highly cited

1.3 Boost research quality by benchmarking to World standards

1.4 Develop of the Institute for Advanced Study

1.5 Develop 3 new large interdisciplinary research centres

1.6 New collaborative research partnerships with key international partners

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Vision 2015 Strategy: Research II

1.7 Institute a category of University Postdoctoral Fellowship to reinforce existing provision for the best and brightest new career researchers.

1.8 Double the number of PGRS

1.9 Provide buildings and equipment to foster world class research

1.10 Increase engagement with research councils and funding bodies

so far so good investment
£18.5M in 07/08 and £35.2M in 08/09 including

£1.8M in 2007-09 on Institute of Advanced Study

£3.7M in 2007-09 supporting PGR scholarships

£9.8M in 07/08 on Digital Lab capital costs

So far…..so good: Investment
so far so good headlines
Highly Cited : Up to 9 (from 3 in 2006)

Warwick Prize for Writing : Launched

Warwick Commission 1 Reported and 2 : recruiting commissioners

IAS : Large programme up and running

Research awards: up 27% in value in one year

So far….so good: Headlines
issues to address
Financial matters to address

Re-prioritising / directing existing spend into strategy initiatives

Maximising efficiencies across the programme

Baseline and on-going measurements / KPIs

Good governance of the programme

Prioritisation of budget and resources to:

Key enabling projects & activities

Projects producing desired programme outcomes

Issues to address
where we are
Research Quality

Income & Scholarships

PGR numbers up in 07/08

Robust academic appointments

Interdisciplinary collaborations (e.g. Security, International Finance)

UK and International benchmarking

Where we are
investment in research facilities
Investment in research facilities
  • Magnetic Resonance research centre
  • Chemistry Space
  • Digital Laboratory – phase 2
  • Clinical Trials Unit
  • Dedicated Science Site
  • Millburn House
  • Research Exchange
  • And more!
research in the faculty of social studies
Facts and Figures

Application values rose from an average of £33.5m p.a. from 2003 2007 to £62.9m p.a. in 2007/8

Awards values rose from an average of £10.4m from 2003-2007 to £16.6m in 2007/8

Key awards include:

Robin Wensley (WBS) ESRC Advanced Institute of Management Directorship £2.96m

Kate Seers (SHSS) Royal College of Nursing Research Institute £1.57m

Mike Geddes (WBS) Department of Communities and Skills ‘Long-term evaluation of LAAs and LSPs’ £1.17m

Pia Christensen (IoE) ESRC ‘New Urbanisms, New Citizens’ £700k

Research in the Faculty of Social Studies
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Key Applications Pending:

Nick Crafts (Economics) ESRC ‘Centre for Comparative Advantage in the Global Economy’ £5.5m

Diane Stone (PAIS) ESRC ‘The Transformation of International Organisations’ £3.8m

New Initiatives:

Faculty Forum – to develop new interdisciplinary ideas in the Faculty of Social Studies

Warwick International Security Initiative – University wide but Social Studies led

Low Carbon Economy – bringing together scientists and social scientists

International – investigating Social Science links with JNU, Boston and NTU

Knowledge Exchange – developing and building on links with policymakers

research in the faculty of arts
Facts and Figures

Application values rose from an average of £5M p.a. from 2001-2005 to £10.5M p.a. in 2006/7 & 2007/8

Awards values rose from £1.9M in 2006/7 to £2.7M in 2007/8

Award numbers have remained constant indicating an increasing number of larger awards

Key awards include:

Hilary Marland (History) Wellcome Trust Strategic Award “Situating Medicine: New Directions in the History of Medicine” - £811,542

Jonathan Bate (English) AHRC Research Grant “Collaborative Plays by Shakespeare and Others” - £281,030

Eleonora Belfiore (Centre for Cultural Policy Studies) AHRC Impact Workshop “Beyond Utility and Markets: Articulating the Role of the Humanities in the 21st Century”

Research in the Faculty of Arts
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New Initiatives

New Global History and Culture Centre – est. 2007 to promote a global approach to historical questions and research

Development of Knowledge Transfer activities – links with Waddesdon Manor, Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Shakespeare Company, Triangle Theatre Company, Leamington Spa Pump Rooms and Museum and many other partners

Warwick in Venice – expanded programme of activities in the new Palazzo Pesaro-Papafava

Revamped Humanities Research Fund – to provide pump-priming funds for the development of new research activities

UC Irvine – Arts-led visit in March 2008 followed by reciprocal visits in July and October to develop collaborations with Warwick staff

research in the faculty of science
Facts and Figures

Application values rose from £136M in 2005/6 to £189M 2007/8

Application numbers rose from 567 in 2005/6 to 645 in 2007/8

Awards values rose from £45M in 2005/6 to £66M in 2007/8

Award numbers rose from 236 in 2005/6 to 301 in 2007-8

Key awards include:

Warwick Centre for Analytical Science (EPSRC) - £4.1M

Science City (AWM) Advanced Materials 1 & 2 (Total £10M); Translational Medicine (with WMS, Total £10M)

James Nokes (Wellcome Trust) – Respiratory Virus Pneumonia - £1.8M

BBSRC awards to HRI totalling £1.87M including Industrial Partnership Award

David Leadley (EPSRC) – MilliKelvin Refrigeration - £1.1M

Rachel Edwards (European Research Council Starting Grant) – Non-Contact Ultrasonics – £1.2M

Andrew Stuart (European Research Council Advanced Grant) – Maths/Stats Interface £1M

David Grainger - Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship £678K

New Investigator Awards from BBSRC (Prakash Arumugam, Yuriy Pankratov) and MRC (Emma Anderson)

Research in the Faculty of Science
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Key Applications Pending

Peter Sadler et al - Centre for Mass Spectroscopy (EPSRC)

Chris Dowson et al – UK Bacterial Cell Wall Analysis Network (MRC)

David Rand et al – Centre for Clinical Systems Innovation (Wellcome/EPSRC)

Peter Scott et al – Knowledge Transfer Account (EPSRC)

Simon Bright et al – Bioenergy Centre (EPSRC)

Jim Beynon et al – two BBSRC LoLa’s (circa £1M each)

11 bids for Doctoral Training Centres/Grants (Ageing, Bioprocessing, Bioenergy, Digital Economy, Energy, Environmental Change, Imaging, Manufacturing Engineering, Medical Statistics, Stem Cells, Systems Biology)

New Initiatives

Development of new combined Physics-Chemistry Accommodation, to host a new world-class microscopy facility and parts of Warwick Centre for Analytical Science.

Research Hotel Feasibility Study

New joint Warwick/Birmingham Spring 2009 seminar series on Evolution, marking the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin

research in the faculty of medicine
Facts and Figures

Application values more than doubled between 2006/7 and 2007/8, from £36.5m to £73.8m

Award values rose from £8.8m in 2006/7 to £12.2m in 2007/8

Key awards include:

Fang Gao Smith, “Beta Agonist Lung Injury Trial 2 (Balti 2)”, MRC, £2m

Martin Underwood, “Older People’s Exercise Intervention in Residential and Nursing Accommodation (OPERNA)”, NHS HTA, £1.9m

Research in the Faculty of Medicine
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Key applications pending:

Janet Dunn, “Breast Cancer Follow up”, NHS HTA, £6m

Fang Gao Smith, “Randomised Controlled Trial on the Efficacy Safety and Mechanisms of Pregabalim Preventing Post-thoracotomy Neuropathic Pain (PPP trial)”, MRC/NIHR EME, shortlisted for full application, due 1st December 2008, £1.6m

Wellcome/EPSRC Medical Engineering bid, deadline of 17th November.  This would be worth £12.8m (about £21m fEC), split between WMS, WMG, WSB and Maths.

Major Developments

First WMS RAE Return, results in December 2008

Science City Translational Medicine Bids approved by AWM in August 2008 (£10 million to Warwick)

New Clinical Trials Unit being built, due for completion in September 2009 (£4 million from AWM, £1 million from Wolfson)

Strategic Partnership with the Strategic Health Authority (with WMG)

Leadership of the rapidly expanding Clinical Local Research Network

Development of the Warwick Academic Health Partnership, with key NHS stakeholders