Anglia Ruskin research recognised for its great impact
- Published: Wednesday, 21 January 2015 11:46
- Written by Anglia Ruskin University
REF 2014 highlights 12 areas that are generating ‘world-leading’ research.
Anglia Ruskin University’s academic excellence has been recognised by the UK’s Higher Education funding bodies, with 12 areas classed as generating “world-leading” research.
Involving over 52,000 academics from 154 UK universities, the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 released today show that Anglia Ruskin is making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.
REF 2014 is the biggest research assessment exercise in the world and the results are used to allocate around £2 billion of research funding every year.
Amongst the Anglia Ruskin research singled out for praise is a study conducted by Professor Helen Odell-Miller to help autistic children and people with dementia and mental health issues through the use of music therapy.
Anglia Ruskin’s Vision and Eye Research Unit (VERU) was recognised for its work to improve eye and healthcare for diabetic patients of South Asian origin, while VERU’s Professor Rupert Bourne has been leading the most comprehensive study ever undertaken into the prevalence of global blindness. The findings have directly impacted on healthcare policymakers and professionals, charities and economic analysts around the world.
World-leading research from Anglia Ruskin’s Life Sciences department includes providing government agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with a “toolkit” for measuring the financial value of natural spaces, and carrying out Britain’s first online recording project to study the effects of the invasive harlequin ladybird. This has informed conservation policy and helped to promote citizen science.
Research by Anglia Ruskin’s Global Sustainability Institute on the interaction between the financial sector and climate change has directly influenced the investment of the £2.9 billion International Climate Fund set up by the UK Government; the Little Rock Accord with the Club de Madrid group of former world leaders; credit rating analysis of energy and water utilities by Standard & Poor’s; and a new Board in the UK Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.