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


Memorandum submitted by the 1994 Group of Universities

  In broad terms, the 1994 Group's position does not differ substantially from that of Universities UK as set out in their memorandum to the Select Committee.

  We remain committed to the dual support system of research funding and see a periodic peer review of research quality as an essential component of that system.

  While some details of the RAE may need to be changed in the future, we would support the continuance of periodic research assessment covering all higher education institutions. We would not support any proposals to identify a small elite of institutions whose research funding would be separate from the rest of the system.

  The increase in grades which has occurred this time is largely the result of a genuine improvement in research productivity and it would be most undesirable if there were long-term underfunding of this research, particularly if the funding gap between grade 5 and grade 5* departments were widened.

  The existing funding multipliers deliver a very selective allocation of funding, and it would not be desirable to make it even more selective.

24 January 2002

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