eat the horses
The message that universities are severely
underfunded is getting through to the government, Jim
Port and Professor David Westbury of the transparency
review told a packed seminar in the Great Woodhouse Room.
"The underinvestment in infrastructure means that universities
are practising the Apache style of management: ride your
horses until they drop and then eat them," Professor Westbury
review showed that universities weren't getting enough
in research overheads: HEFCE research money wasn't keeping
pace with the growth in research grants and contracts.
Port's team is currently investigating the backlog in
science research investment and conducting a study of
the cost of teaching in the arts and humanities.
results broadly fit in with the overall picture, said
project manager Fiona Dale. Both teaching of UK students
and publicly-funded research were in deficit, research
by a massive 34% of reported cost.
Westbury acknowledged that the review did not deal with
'staff overstretch and underpay'. He was hopeful that
a methodology could be developed to quantify and correct
this too, as without this teaching would continue to suffer.
full progress report on
costing and pricing and the transparency review is now