Steering QR cash to elite could be a ‘mistake’

“Research funding should be spread across a much wider range of universities than just the traditional research elite, an exclusive analysis suggests. The study by a leading economist tests the findings of the recent research assessment exercise on where the best work is being produced. Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick echoed the RAE’s findings that truly world-class research is far from being the preserve of a small elite of large research universities. It is being produced by a broad range of universities and less-feted departments, he said. Admitting surprise at his findings – which were based on his own discipline, economics – he said that the results suggested that the modern obsession with ‘top’ departments should be rethought …” (more)

[John Gill, THE, 15 January]

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