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Could your research be award winning?
As part of this year's Extra Mile Awards, the University has launched a new award to recognise the work of our research community.
The Extra Mile Awards, which are run in partnership with the Students’ Union, are your opportunity to nominate a student or member of staff to receive an award from the University. This year’s awards have a number of new categories recognising exceptional work by staff and students.
The Researcher of the Year award will be presented to the member of staff who is judged to have made the biggest contribution to research over the academic year.
The winner and runner-up of the award will be personally recognised by the Vice-Chancellor and Students' Union President at an awards ceremony in May.
If you know a member of staff who is making an impact in the research community then why not put them forward for the award?
Every nomination made will also be entered into a prize draw to win a new iPad and a pair of tickets to the awards ceremony.
REF 2014 results show the real world impact of our research
For our submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, we doubled the number of staff producing internationally recognised research and significantly increased the impact our work is having on society and the economy.
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF) results revealed that 90 per cent of the University's submission was judged to have delivered 'outstanding' or 'very considerable' impact externally.
The six-yearly assessment of research performance also saw the University achieve an increase in the four-star or three-star research on which public funding is partly based, from 40 per cent in 2008 to 60 per cent in 2014.
Birmingham City University's research has impacted on a range of business developments and public policy. Examples include work that enables the migration of music on obsolete platforms to modern devices, and research that has influenced death penalty policy and practice around the world.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Cliff Allan said: "Moving forward, our new research and enterprise strategies will enable us to do more and better research, ensuring new knowledge aligns increasingly with the needs of society and the economy.
"Our 2014 REF submission is far more ambitious than ever before, forming part of our aim of repositioning the University as a broader based institution with research increasingly integral to our work."