Budget 2009: Universities braced for funding cuts

UK“Universities are bracing themselves for cuts in funding as a result of today’s budget. The Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) is expected to save £1.9bn, including £400m in 2010-11, mainly through making the research councils, universities and colleges ‘more efficient’. A promise to increase the science budget by 6% appears to protect those areas of research but universities are worried that the savings will lead to a reduction in their overall funding, particularly for teaching, and for widening participation to low-income families and ethnic minorities. Research councils have already made savings of £118m through improving their administration and doing more programmes jointly. They are expected to save a further £106m …” (more)

[Anthea Lipsett, Guardian, 22 April]

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