25 October 2012

Response to 'Jewels in the Crown' report about research in UK universities

million+ response to the report ‘Jewels in the Crown’ by the Russell Group of universities

Professor Patrick McGhee, Vice-Chancellor of the University of East London and chair of the university think tank million+ said:

“The ‘jewels in the crown’ argument is entirely outdated. There are already big questions to be asked as to why Russell Group universities received almost 70% of government research funding last year but were assessed as delivering only 62% of internationally excellent or world-leading research in the last Research Assessment Exercise.

“There are diamonds of world class research to be found in all universities in the UK. There is not one shred of evidence to support the argument that there should be any further concentration. On the contrary, further diversification is needed.

“The proposals being put forward would also result in increased geographic concentration of research funding in the South-East and will do very little to enhance innovation and growth in the regions.”

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Notes to editors

1. million+ is a leading university think-tank, working to solve the complex problems in higher education www.millionplus.ac.uk. For more information please contact Jean Candler, Head of Public Affairs on 0207 717 1659 or 07900 277 819.

2. The Russell Group of universities published its report 'Jewels in the Crown' on 24 October.