Research Income for Law
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.