Who will win on payday? There may be tears this week as the £1.5bn in research funding is finally allocated to universities

“David Eastwood got a laugh from assembled university heads when he predicted that this week’s funding allocations would be welcomed by all as a work of ‘corporate genius’. One thing the head of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) can predict with absolute certainty is that some universities will be disappointed and will complain bitterly. Every year, the funding bodies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland tell universities and higher education colleges how much they will have to spend in the coming year on teaching and research; full details will be published on EducationGuardian.co.uk on Thursday. The government has already cut by 5,000 a planned increase in student places, but it is the research element in the financial package that is attracting feverish speculation this year …” (more)

[Donald MacLeod, Guardian, 3 March]

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