Dance researchers at the University of Roehampton have received the highest recognition in the country for the quality and reputation of their work, according to a much-anticipated review of UK higher education institutions.
Posted: 18 December 2014
Ninety-four per cent of Roehampton’s dance research is ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ the Higher Education Funding Council for England has said in its Research Excellence Framework review. Based on grade Point Average, Dance at Roehampton is in the top one per cent of departments in the UK.
Professor Paul O’Prey, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Roehampton, said: “These results are a real tribute to the extremely focussed and professional work of our dance researchers who have been rightly recognised as leaders in their fields. The impact and influence of their findings has been witnessed throughout the dance world, from the community level to institutions such as the English National Ballet, and on the world scene.”
Roehampton believes successful research must benefit the wider world, as well as academia, and its Dance Department has made this a priority. Examples include:
The independent judgement on the quality of Roehampton’s dance research was made by experts from the creative and performing arts sector, academics, and organisations like BBC Symphony Orchestra, which make use of research findings. The REF review results will be used by the UK’s research funding organisations to decide how £2billion a year in funding is allocated.
Post-92 or ‘new’ universities are those which received charters from the Privy Council after 1992, when rules on what constituted a university were changed by the Government. There are currently 10 Post-92 universities in the capital.
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