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Research strategy and achievements

The School’s overarching strategic aim is to sustain and enhance its research excellence and the supportive and stimulating research culture from which that grows.

Strategic achievements since RAE2008

  • Major outputs (seven monographs and more than 200 papers in leading journals) that demonstrate international research leadership
  • An 80% increase in total external research grant awards (£7.93m compared to £4.4m in RAE2008)
  • A 56% increase in total external research grant expenditure (£4.61m compared to £2.96m in RAE2008)
  • A 65% increase in PhDs awarded (42.97 PhDs compared to 26 in RAE2008)
  • A 39% growth of the Graduate School (46.5 fte PhD students in 2013 compared to 33.5 in 2008)
  • The employment of 23.3 Postdoctoral Research Assistants/Research Fellows
  • Capital investment in the School of £3.2m including £516k CIF and £304k SRIF investment in research infrastructure
  • The launch of two new inter-disciplinary research centres: Centre for Studies of Home and Centre for the Study of Global Security and Development  
  • Significant research impact via existing and new research partnerships (see collaboration and public engagement)

Research strategy 2010-15
The School’s research strategy dovetails with the research objectives in the Queen Mary Strategic Plan 2010-15 and Queen Mary Research Strategy 2012-15. Our key objectives are:

  • to continue to set international research agendas within and beyond geography in the areas identified by each research theme
  • to increase external research grant income and funding for PhD students through strategic collaborations
  • to further develop the quality of research outputs through enhanced mentoring and peer review
  • to build and consolidate our external research partnerships
  • to continue to implement our impact strategy
  • to ensure that all RCUK funded research is compliant with its Open Access policy.
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