government and the funding council have been criticised
for not fully funding the improvements shown by the RAE
2001, in a report by the House of Commons science and
technology select committee. The committee, which has
been exploring alternative funding models, called on the
government to fund the RAE results fully in the forthcoming
report said: "HEFCE should have anticipated the results
of RAE 2001. It should either have ensured that it had
sufficient funds to reward the improvement or at least
warned universities that this was not to be.
are not convinced of the wisdom of its decision to target
its limited budget on the highest-performing departments
at the expense of those which are developing. DfES must
also bear some responsibility: decisions so crucial to
the future of UK research and the nature of higher education
should not be left to an unelected quango."
UK, who gave evidence to the committee, welcomed the report's
conclusions and called for increased government investment
of university research. President Professor Roderick Floud
described the funding of the 2001 RAE as a 'slap in the
face' for universities.
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