Date of release: Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A1915-RESEARCH-AND-CONSULTANCY-INCOME-LEAPSBetter drugs to treat cancer, advances in agriculture to help feed the developing world, and the latest computational models to develop more energy efficient electronic products: the University of Greenwich is carrying out more research and consultancy projects than ever before.

Despite the recession, externally sponsored research and consultancy income has leapt by a massive 60% over the last two years, to an annual figure of £15.3 million. Including other funding from government sources, the the university’s total research revenues have almost doubled since 2007/8.

State of the art laboratories and other university research facilities house over 300 research-active academics. The university’s technology base includes advanced analytical equipment such a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer which can be used in medical and other types of research. The real life problems of industrial manufacturers are tackled in the Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling and plants and insects are studied in the Natural Resources Institute.

More than 250 clients choose the University of Greenwich to carry out research and consultancy services. These range from small local businesses, using the university’s start-up facilities in the Medway Enterprise Hub to governments and major multinational companies such as BAE and BP.

The biggest area of consultancy in the university is analytical sciences. The university is home to many millions of pounds worth of high specification testing equipment which is used by the oil and pharmaceutical industries. Emerging research areas include genomics, drug discovery, pest control, serious computer games, and sports science.

Professor Tom Barnes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research & Enterprise, says: “Businesses, charities and local and national government all come to the University of Greenwich when they want an expert team to undertake research which is directly relevant to their needs. The university is highly skilled in helping all sorts of organisations to apply new concepts and techniques to help them achieve their goals. Our vibrant research and enterprise culture also benefits the wider community and society.”

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University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich is a large university with three campuses - in Greenwich, at the Old Royal Naval College, a World Heritage site; in Avery Hill, south-east London, set among 86 acres of parkland; and in Medway, at an elegant Edwardian red-brick campus in Chatham Maritime. The university is home to a thriving community of nearly 29,000 students, one in five of them postgraduate, and combines strong regional, national and international links with a record for excellence in research and a mission for access to higher education.

The university carried out more than £15 million of research and consultancy for companies, research councils and other public and private bodies last year. The quality of the university's research work has been recognised in the award of three Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher & Further Education and four recent Times Higher Education awards.

Alongside its major economic, social and cultural contribution, the university prides itself on its high standards of teaching, careers guidance and personal support. The two most recent Sunday Times University Guides have placed Greenwich at the top of the London league table for student satisfaction. In the 2011 Sunday Times Guide, Greenwich was ranked 26th overall for student satisfaction, placing it among the top quarter of all UK universities. Greenwich also topped the publication's national league table for student satisfaction in a variety of subjects including Civil, Chemical and other Engineering courses, Law, and Medical Sciences and Pharmacy. The Sunday Times added that students at the Greenwich campus "have some of the most exquisite university grounds in the country".

People from more than 100 countries choose to study at Greenwich, as part of an international student community of 5,000. The university also has an extensive international network of partnerships with universities and overseas colleges.