Leicester recognised for bang for the buck on research at Higher Education Oscars

Our University secured the THE DataPoints Merit Award trophy at this year’s Times Higher Education Awards, held in association with Santander Universities UK.

These awards, now in their 13th year and widely recognised as the “Oscars of higher education”, shine a spotlight on the exceptional achievements of individuals, teams and institutions.

Every year, Times Higher Education’s data team delves into the mine of information that underpins the World University Rankings for fresh insights into the performance of UK universities to determine the winner of the DataPoints Merit Award. For the THE Awards 2017, the data team created a “bang for the buck” measure of research performance in a bid to discover which UK universities were producing the highest-quality research given their income.

To come up with a shortlist, the data team looked at measures of research quality and productivity in the rankings and compared these with universities’ incomes – figures that, in the published rankings, are normalised for an institution’s size. The shortlist represented a diverse group of research-intensive universities, both large and small and from opposite ends of the country. However, one thing that they had in common was a reputation for cutting-edge research in a variety of fields.

Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor, said: “It is especially gratifying to receive this award in a year when we have made great strides to provide more support for our researchers. We at the University of Leicester know just how outstanding our researchers are, and this recognition by the THE again serves to highlight that.”

The University of Leicester was also shortlisted for the International Impact Award for its work alongside the University of Kufa in Iraq.

The full list of this year’s winners can be viewed on the THE Awards website.