‘Pointless’ university studies to be weeded out by new government panel

UK“The government is to stop funding ‘pointless’ university research, forcing academics to prove that their academic inquiry has some relevance to the real world, funding chiefs will announce today. Universities will have to show that their research influences the economy, public policy or society in order to secure the biggest research grants, the government’s funding body for higher education said. The plans are contained in proposals for a new system of allocating £1.76bn in government funds for academic research every year called the Research Excellence Framework (REF). Lecturers warned that the move would restrict academic freedom by preventing speculative ‘blue skies’ research …” (more)

[Polly Curtis, Guardian, 23 September]

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