Research Income for LawWed 21st Oct 2020
The Chartered ABS has published its second annual briefing on research income in the field of Law. This analysis covers the period of 2013/14 to 2018/19 and is based on data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
The key findings are summarised below and the full briefing can be found here.
- In 2018/19 UK Law schools received £25.3m in research funding which is 3% higher than a year ago and 39% higher compared to five years ago.
- Over the last year there were increases in funding from the Research Councils (+£1.7m) and EU government bodies (+£750k), which together offset falls in funding from several other sources, including UK-based charities (-£500k), UK central government (-£500k), and other UK sources (-£300k).
- In 2018/19 UK sources represented 64% of all research income for the subject of Law, EU sources 25%, and non-EU sources 11%, with little change compared to last year. Over the longer-term the share of funding from UK sources has fallen from 72% in 2016/17 and the share of funding from EU sources has declined from 29% in 2014/15. The share of total funding from non-EU sources has grown from 6% in 2014/15 to 11% in the current year.
- In absolute terms the funding received from all EU sources in 2018/19 of £6.5m is 24% higher than in 2013/14 and the amount of £2.7m received from all non-EU sources is 65% greater than in 2013/14.
Comparison with other subjects
- Over the five year period of analysis the total research income for Law grew by 39% in nominal terms, compared to a 28% increase in funding across all subject areas.
- The proportional increase in research funding for Law is higher than for several STEM subjects, although Civil Engineering (+43%) and Physics (+60%) received higher increases over this period.
- If adjusting for inflation Law schools saw a 23% real-term increase in research income over the last five years, compared to 14% across all fields. The growth in research income for Law of 39% in nominal terms since 2013/14 is higher than for several other Social Science subjects, including Business & Management Studies, Sociology and Economics & Econometrics.
Research income by region
- In the last year the share of total funding for research income in Law received by institutions in London and the South-East increased from 32% to 36%. This remains lower than the 40% share for institutions in London and the South-East five years ago.
- Since 2013/14 the regions recording the biggest proportional increases in research funding for Law were Yorkshire and Humberside (+185%), West Midlands (+184%), the East of England (+78%), Northern Ireland (+74%) and East Midlands (+49%).
- Over the last five years there were only two regions that saw a decline in research income in Law: the South-West (-32%) and the North-East (-26%).
Research income by Law schools
- Over the combined three year period of 2016/17 to 2018/19 the five schools that received the highest amounts of research funding for Law were: The University of Cambridge, The University of Edinburgh, Queen Mary University of London, The University of Oxford and Middlesex University.
- Research income for Law shows a tendency towards distribution within a certain group of institutions, with the five schools receiving the highest amounts of research income in the last three years accounting for 36% of total research funding. The ten schools with the highest amounts of research income comprise 54% of the total.