- Aberdeen performed outstandingly in the UK’s most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008) with 89% of research activity assessed as international quality and 55% is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Read more about our RAE2008 results.
- Total research income has more than trebled over the last ten years, while our income from competitively-won research grants has grown 35 percent over the last four years alone, as has our postgraduate research community.
- The Scottish Funding Council increased Aberdeen’s research grant for 2009/10 by 27%. This is by far the highest percentage increase given to any Scottish research-intensive university.
- We recently strengthened our research community with over 70 internationally-distinguished new professors, and created new opportunities for multi-disciplinary research. The £15million second phase of our Sixth Century Chairs recruitment drive is attracting further outstanding academics from the world’s leading universities.
- We host research centres and institutes covering a wide range of topics. In addition to research in our three Colleges, we have a growing number of nationally-important multidisciplinary projects and industry partnerships. These include the RCUK Rural Digital Economy Hub, the UK’s National Subsea Research Institute and the Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability (ACES).
- The creation of the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health has made the University a leading international centre for research in this area, created by the merger in 2008 with the former Rowett Research Institute.
- We claim many ‘firsts’, including the first clinical use of MRI imaging over 30 years ago. A number of Nobel laureates worked at Aberdeen and were honoured for their achievements in medicine, physics, and chemistry, and a Nobel Peace Prize. Read about our Nobel prizewinners.
- In recent years we have created 21 spin-out companies,three of which were sold in 2008. Over 90 patents are being exploited by industry through over 50 licence agreements, and proof of concept studies are providing a pipeline of potential new technologies. See our Research and Innovation services.
- The environment for researchers is being boosted by a recent investment of over £170million in our campus and a further £240million planned in the next decade, on new buildings and research facilities. Read about our capital programme.
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