BBSRC Excellence with Impact Competition
The College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (MVLS) is proud and honoured to have been awarded as the top ranking University in the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Excellence with Impact competition. The competition, which formally started in January 2013, recognised institutions that develop and successfully deliver a vision for maximising impact, alongside a relevant institution-wide culture change.
Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, Vice-Principal and Head of College of MVLS said "I am incredibly proud that MVLS has been shortlisted in this prestigious competition. Since beginning our journey in this competition the importance and role of impact has become embedded in every aspect of our College life. What we have achieved over the last few years has been beyond my expectations."
Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University, said "I would like to congratulate the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences on it's shortlisting as a finalist in the BBSRC Excellence with Impact Competition. Through its efforts in impact and in this competition, MVLS has offered the whole of our University a great example on the way in which impact can be used and profiled".
Participants in the Excellence with Impact competition are judged on a number of factors including encouraging Research Organisations (ROs) to develop a vision that supports wide-ranging impact from their research, embedding impact-enhancing strategies and showcasing the impact of excellent research.
The College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences submission is driven by the Impact Strategy Working Group, led by Dr Carol Clugston, College Secretary and Professor Graeme Milligan, Dean of Research. The competition has been a primary focus of College activities over the past three years.
Dr Clugston said "We are delighted to have been recognised as the highest ranking University in the BBSRC Excellence with Impact competition, and I am proud of the whole team involved. Our College believes that all excellent research can achieve impact, making a constructive difference in some way and at some time that will ultimately benefit society. The College has developed a strategy to support staff in realising impacts from their research through activities aligned to the four themes of understanding, identifying, enabling and publicising impact, and we were delighted to host the BBSRC judges at our Excellence with Impact Competition Showcase.
Sir Gordon Duff, Chair of the BBSRC Council and Excellence with Impact Assessment Panel said "The Excellence with Impact Panel, which I had the pleasure of chairing with Professor Nessa Carey, was very impressed with the overall standard of entries to the competition, enthusiastic participation and the impressive progress that has been achieved over the past three years. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all participating institutions for having achieved significant return in raising standards and engaging with the ever-important impact agenda".
The College has a long-standing relationship with the BBSRC, and has a current portfolio of approximately £25.5M research grant funding. Our prize of approx £220K will be a welcome addition to this funding.