Comment on report by Dr Ralph Kenna into research concentration and quality

Commenting on a report by Dr Ralph Kenna into research concentration and quality, Libby Aston, Director of University Alliance, said:

“The report is a helpful contribution to the consideration of research concentration and diversity, and the importance of communication within research departments.

“It supports an earlier University Alliance publication demonstrating the importance of funding research based on excellence to ensure the most effective allocation of public money to both reward and drive quality.

“Alliance universities have many medium sized research departments delivering world leading research and consistently moving in an upwards trajectory.”


Notes to editor

A copy of the University Alliance paper, ‘Concentration and Diversity: understanding the relationship between excellence, concentration and critical mass in UK research’ is available here.

University Alliance represents 23 major, dynamic, business-like universities at the heart of the sector that deliver world-leading research with impact and are actively business focussed.

Through evidence-based policy and research, the Alliance aims to improve policymaking in higher education to the benefit of the UK economy and society.

Alliance universities educate 27% of all UK students and achieve some of the highest graduate-level employment rates. These universities offer a research informed, academic learning environment and a culture of entrepreneurialism, equipping graduates for the 21st century.

Alliance universities:

Aberystwyth University, Bournemouth University, University of Bradford, De Montfort University, University of Glamorgan, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Gloucestershire, University of Hertfordshire, University of Huddersfield, University of Lincoln, Liverpool John Moores University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Northumbria University, Nottingham Trent University, Open University, Oxford Brookes University, University of Plymouth, University of Portsmouth, University of Salford, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, University of Wales, Newport, University of the West of England.

For further information, please contact: Tim Field, University Alliance on 0203 178 7491 or email

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