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Friday, 14 December, 2001, 09:09 GMT
World-class research at universities
Cardiff University
Research at Welsh univeristies shows dramatic improvement
Research projects in Welsh universities are achieving world class standards, according to a new report.

The number of top-quality departments in Wales has quadrupled since the last UK assessment was carried out, five years ago.

The Cardiff University is in the top ten.

Research work at Cardiff University
Cardiff University is top of Welsh research work
Traditionally, higher education research in Wales lags behind the rest of the UK but not any more.

Academics here in Wales are celebrating their best ever set of results, following an assessment exercise by the university funding councils.

Click here for the tables

Some of the top research departments in the UK are now recognised as being at the University of Wales, in psychology at Bangor, politics and international studies in Aberystwyth, English in Cardiff, and civil engineering in Swansea.

It is hoped extra funding will follow the success, but lecturers' trade unions are concerned there is not enough cash in the pot to reward everyone.

They are also worried those departments which did not do so well may lose financial backing altogether.

Education strength

Welsh Education Minister Jane Davidson said: "I congratulate the sector on its performance in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise."

"Here is further evidence of the strength of the HE sector in Wales.

"A strong research base is essential to attracting and retaining the best quality staff and students, and providing a firm foundation for a modern, knowledge-led economy."

A spokeswoman for the University of Wales, Cardiff said the campus was delighted with the survey places it seventh in the UK.

It gave the top mark, 5*, to seven of its research projects equating to international excellence in more than half of its projects.

She said: "This research delivers real economic, social and cultural benefits locally and internationally and recognition of its quality.

"The appropriate associated investment will further strengthen Cardiff University's contribution as a major engine of development in Wales."

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