Select Committee on Science and Technology Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by the Modern Universities Research Group

  1.  The assessment process in 2001 was well managed and transparent. The manner in which panels operated and the evidence we have concerning the number of publications actually read gives us some confidence in the process itself. We continue to be concerned that aspects of research more closely linked to the Modern Universities still does not receive adequate recognition in quality measures.

  2.  As far as the outcomes of the exercise are concerned, we wish to emphasise the significant improvements in research performance across the sector as a whole and within the Modern University sector in particular. The improvement in this latter case is based on a significantly lower level of funding than for the sector as a whole. We would suggest that research productivity across the sector is part of the investigation. The Modern Universities research is value for money. This performance may go unrecognised if 3 rated work is no longer funded.

  3.  Many aspects of the missions of the Modern Universities require research underpinning. Our research and development work clearly will be undermined without the funding to maintain the research input. Equally, if we are to maintain appropriate levels in our teaching we must ensure that research and scholarship are encouraged and funded.

  4.  We would contend that it is necessary to identify appropriate funding mechanisms for research in Modern Universities to ensure that they are able to meet their missions with appropriate research underpinning and to make the contribution which the RAE has demonstrated to the national research effort.

17 January 2002

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