hefce

The Higher Education Funding Council for England



The hefce says

"Our strategic aim is to develop and sustain a dynamic and internationally competitive research sector
that makes a major contribution to economic prosperity, national wellbeing and the expansion and dissemination of knowledge.

"To sustain our research base against global competition we must recognise and support
excellent research financially, and foster effective collaboration.

http://www.hefce.ac.uk/research/


hefce funding for research at the University of
Warwick
The University of Warwick's total recurrent research  funding from the hfce
for the academic year 2009-2010 is UKP 32,413,881 - 41.9% of its total recurrent hfce grant.

The University is in 15th place for hfce research funds, behind Oxford, Cambridge, University College London,
Imperial College London, Manchester, King's College London, Nottingham, Bristol, Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham,
Southampton, Liverpool, and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.


Funding for research represents 41.9% of the University of Warwick's grant from the hfce,
compared with e.g. 63.4% at Oxford and
62.7% at Cambridge.

(source 09_08_1_2.xls  from http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/2009/09_08/)


See also Breaking news for 2010 March 18


One of the largest refurbishment projects receiving funding
"One of the largest refurbishment projects receiving SRIF3 funding from HEFCE
was recently completed at Warwick HRI.
The project involved upgrading laboratories and offices at the Wellesbourne site.
The work included the refurbishment and modernisation of wet laboratory space
for 50 researchers working in Molecular Biology, Genetics and Systems Biology,
plus two new central service laboratories, complementing the existing laboratory provision.


"Refurbishment work on Warwick HRI?s Prince Philip Building included insulation developments,
improving not only the appearance but making energy-cost savings too.
In addition, the office refurbishment offers modern, communal facilities for staff,
postdoctoral researchers and students and provides an excellent opportunity
for enhancing collaboration across a variety of research interests.


"The project took two years from design to completion
and involved a process of detailed consultation to meet the needs of various stakeholders.
Internal moves and commissioning of the laboratories were completed late in 2007
and the Plant Science Laboratories were officially opened by
the Right Honourable Lord Rooker, The Minister for Sustainable Food and Farming and Animal Health,
on March 12, 2008.


Source insite, the university of warwick intranet
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/insite/newsandevents/intnews2/hefcefunding/

Research Assessment Exercise 2008
"The University of Warwick?s submission to RAE Assessment Unit 16 comes entirely from Warwick-HRI
...
"Total research income per submitted staff member is UKP 1.2M since joining the university.
...
"The Wellesbourne campus spans 191 hectares
and has high quality research facilities for basic and applied plant and microbial science. 
All researchers are provided with modern, fully serviced laboratories.
A purpose-built laboratory building containing 7 multi-occupancy laboratories
capable of housing up to 120 researchers was opened in 1995.
Significant recent SRIF3-funded development ( UKP .5M) has led to the refurbishment
of labs and offices and provided two additional large high quality laboratories
capable of housing 50 researchers.
The investment also provides dedicated facilities for media preparation
and other laboratory support services, a biochemical analysis suite and a soil and mineral analysis laboratory.

...
"An important part of the main research facilities is The Genomics Resource Centre
funded by UKP 2.5m Treasury Capital Modernisation Fund*** grant.
It includes a specialised genomics laboratory equipped with robots, sequencers, PCR, scanners etc
and is supported by two trained technicians.
A freezer archive (-80oC and liquid nitrogen) is run by the genomics laboratory.  
Recently, an LTQ XL linear ion-trap Mass Spectrometer (Thermo Fisher, UKP 371K,
funded by Advantage West Midlands Science Cities initiative) has been installed
to provide powerful and versatile high throughput metabolite profiling and proteomics capability.

...
http://www.rae.ac.uk/submissions/ra5a.aspx?id=16&type=uoa&subid=2084



***The Capital Modernisation Fund, HM Treasury
"The Capital Modernisation Fund was set up in the Comprehensive Spending Review
to support capital investment to improve public services.

"The Fund is allocated on a competitive basis and on the following criteria:
source http://archive.treasury.gov.uk/cmf/index.html


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