UNIABDN is the fifth oldest university in UK, recognized for its excellence in teaching and research (ranked consistently among the top 1% of the world’s universities). It has been awarded the Scottish University of the Year 2019 and The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2018. It ranked 28th among UK universities, in Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2019. UK’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) has rated 76% of its research as internationally excellent with 85% outstanding societal impact. It was one of the finalists at the 2016 BBSRC Excellence with Impact Awards. UoA was shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award (THELMAs) in 2016 and also holds a badge in recognition of HR Excellence in Research. Its alumni include 5 Nobel laureates. It stands 6th in UK for success in commercializing research with spinout companies and has administered 100 patents, 67 licenses and established 17 spinout companies since 2007. UoA won 2 national ARMA awards for its efforts in bringing research to the general public. UoA has one of the largest wireless campuses in Europe. It is investing over £280 million into the facilities and support for students, including a new £35 million Science Teaching Hub, £57 million Sir Duncan Rice Library (ranked under top 10 for spell-binding university library in the world), Olympic standard sports facilities and aquatic centre. Its School of Biological Sciences (SBS) hosts 150 postgraduate research students, 90 postdoctoral scientists and independent research fellows and 45 research technical staff. Its current active research grant holdings total over £25M (c. 29M €, 39M US$) secured from government, NGO, industrial and charitable sources. It is recognized internationally for its expertise in marine biology, environmental sciences, ecology, physiology and biological interactions with research areas spanning from gene to global scales, from deep ocean to high altitude and from the Arctic to the Antarctic.
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