Reporter 449, 20 March 2000
English higher education has become significantly more efficient and productive in research over the past 15 years, according to the interim findings of a study commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Work by the University’s higher education policy unit established that research activity has been growing faster than its funding.
The study, led by strategic development Dean Dr Jonathan Adams, also yielded evidence that research funding in the UK is no less selective than in the US. The timing of the Research Assessment Exercise cycle had a demonstrable effect on the pace of research activity in UK universities, leading to an increased focus on key priorities.
The study is part of a wider HEFCE fundamental review of research policy and funding. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Wilson, is a member of its main committee.
UK universities currently produce some six percent of the world’s science, reflected in eight percent of all scientific publications and attracting nine percent of all citations.
For further information view the HEFCE website at www.hefce.ac.uk/Research/default.htm
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