Cash for university arts research under threat

“Funding for research in university science departments and medical schools is being safeguarded at the expense of arts, humanities and social sciences, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) announced today. Outlining spending plans for 2009-10 to vice-chancellors, the council said research funding would be as selective as in previous years. Overall, universities will share £8bn, up 3.8% in cash terms on last year. At present, 82% of funding goes to just 29 universities, but last December’s national research assessment exercise (RAE) to judge the quality of university research revealed excellence right across the sector …” (more)

[Anthea Lipsett, Guardian, 28 January]

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