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King’s top for Government funding14 Apr 2009, PR 72/09
Figures just published confirm King’s College London’s position as one of the UK’s top research-led universities. The College is the most successful higher education institution in winning grants from the Department of Health. From 2005-6 to 2007-8, almost £18 million was awarded to King’s scientists.
This figure – 20 per cent of the Department of Health’s total spending at universities over three years – has been produced by the journal Research Fortnight in a benchmarking league table.
Funding awarded recently from the Department of Health include grants towards the following projects:
The Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre
The Comprehensive Cancer Imaging Centre
The Global Child Dental Health Taskforce
The complete table ranks grant data from Britain’s ten largest agencies: the seven research councils, the Wellcome and Leverhulme Trusts, and the Department of Health.
The analysis is based on three years of data, 2005-6, 2006-7 and 2007-8, and an investment of some £6.5 billion awarded to 60 universities.
Most successful universities
King’s also features in the top ten most successful universities for grants from the Medical Research Council (fourth); the Wellcome Trust (eighth) and the Leverhulme Trust (tenth).
Research Fortnight is a source of funding opportunities and news on research policy and politics.
Notes to editors
King's College London
King's College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (Times Higher Education 2008) and the fourth oldest in England. A research-led university based in the heart of London, King's has more than 21,000 students from nearly 140 countries, and more than 5,700 employees. King's is in the second phase of a ?1 billion redevelopment programme which is transforming its estate.
King's has an outstanding reputation for providing world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise for British universities, 23 departments were ranked in the top quartile of British universities; over half of our academic staff work in departments that are in the top 10 per cent in the UK in their field and can thus be classed as world leading. The College is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of nearly £450 million.
King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar. It is the largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe; no university has more Medical Research Council Centres.
King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit: www.kingshealthpartners.org.
Melanie Gardner, Senior Public Relations Officer
Public Relations Department, King’s College London
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