The 1994 Group universities have an international reputation for the quality of their research, employing academics at the very top of their fields.


Their expertise informs government officials and policy makers, and impacts directly on the economic, social, cultural, technological, medical and environmental development of the nation and the wider world.  1994 Group members have many research centres which are world-leading. Often working across academic disciplines, they call upon knowledge, innovation and expertise from different sections of the university's staff. They forge close links with industry, government and the public on regional, national and international levels, to deliver the most informed and meaningful research.


'Mapping Research Excellence: exploring the links between research excellence and research funding policy' September 2011 Research Report

This report explores patterns of national research excellence in a selection of the world's top performing countries, the UK, the USA, China, Japan, Australia and Germany, using a new measure of excellence developed by Elsevier. National research funding systems and policies are areas of huge complexity and so the aim of this report has been to elucidate some of these processes and consider how these might affect research excellence.   


'Enterprising Universities: using the research base to add value to business' September 2010 Policy Report

This report looks at how a strong university research base adds value to businesses and the UK economy. It reflects on a growing culture of engagement and openness between academia and business.   

'Postgraduate Provision at UK Universities' January 2010 Research Report

In response to Professor Adrian Smith's Postgraduate Review, the 1994 Group has conducted an anlysis into postgraduate volume and productivity across the sector.

'The importance of the HE research base in addressing major global challenges and ensuring the UK's future prosperity' October 2009 Policy Report

Universities are vital to the UK's capacity to meet current and future national global challenges and to drive economic growth. Combating climate change, tackling terrorism and ensuring life-long health and well-being are just some of the critical challenges that our universities are meeting.
This report sets out examples of world-leading research, identifies key common features and makes policy recommendations to strengthen our research base. With the right support the cutting-edge research at our universities can help address our most pressing challenges.

Case Studies

Below is a range of examples of world-leading multi-disciplinary research withing 1994 Group institutions, which is meeting major global challenges and that has benefited from the provision of QR and responsive mode funding.    

Tackling Climate Change

Combating Hazards and Reducing Global Risks

Developing the Small Satellite Industry and Enabling Low Cost Entry to Space

Strengthening the Security of Information and Communication Technology

Developing Cutting-edge Information and Communication Technologies for Communities and Businesses

Researching Genetic Instability, a Primary Cause of Cancer and Inherited Genetic Disorders

Energy: Working for a Sustainable Future

Tracking Social Change: Resolving Social and Economic Policy Issues

Contributing to the Global Digital Economy wiht New Media Technologies and Ways of Storytelling

Leading Cancer Research and Education

Working for Humanity

Impact of Sleep on Health, Wellbeing and Work

Advances in Medical Diagnosis

Digital Music: Application, Impact, New Industries and Business Models

Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008

1994 Group universities achieved outstanding results in the Researdh Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008. There is world-leading research and there are internationally renowned departments across all of our 19 member universities and across all subject areas.

1994 Group universities excel across the full spectrum of disciplines and are leaders in seventeen major subject areas from physics to politics and international relations; from health services research to sociology; from geography and environmental studies to linguistics.

Relevant Reports