Date of release: Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A1957-Research-MattersThe University of Greenwich was praised for the quality of its research at the launch of a report by leading university think-tank Million+.

The report, called Research that Matters, was launched at the House of Commons on Tuesday, 17 May. It called for the government to show a commitment to providing research funding to modern universities, and to avoid concentrating future funding on a small number of ‘elite’ institutions.

As an example of world-leading research carried out by modern universities, Million+ highlighted the work by the University of Greenwich in tackling diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. This research by the Natural Resources Institute, based at the Medway Campus, was recently voted one of the ten most important discoveries to be made by a UK university in the last 60 years.

As an example of how modern universities support industry and entrepreneurship, the report also drew attention to the University of Greenwich’s development of a Powder Flowability Tester. Devised by the university’s Wolfson Centre, also based at the Medway Campus, alongside industrial partners such as Cadbury’s and United Biscuits, the Tester improved the efficiency of manufacturing foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. It went on sale worldwide in 2010.

The launch of Research that Matters was attended by government and shadow ministers, as well as many senior figures from modern universities across the country, including Baroness Blackstone, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich. Speakers included David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science.

Those representing the University of Greenwich at the House of Commons launch event also included Professor Alan Reed, Director of Postgraduate Research, Dr Steve Belmain, applied ecologist from the Natural Resources Institute and PhD student Joanna Thorne from the School of Science.

Professor Les Ebdon, chair of Million+, said: “The reality is that modern universities have provided excellent returns for the economy, society and the exchequer. Ministers should be enhancing the investment in quality research and innovation supported by modern universities, rather than putting it at risk.”


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Photo caption: The University of Greenwich delegation at the House of Commons for the launch of Research that Matters. From left, Professor Alan Reed; PhD student Joanna Thorne; Baroness Blackstone and Dr Steve Belmain.

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.