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1994 Group welcomes Commons Science and Technology Committee report on science cuts

Issued on 23 March 2010

Responding to the Science and Technology Committee report Paul Marshall, Executive Director of the 1994 Group said:

“We strongly support the Science and Technology Committee’s calls to increase investment in science and research. Current and future Governments will be taking a huge risk if they cut funding for university research or teaching further. The recently announced cuts to higher education funding seem incompatible with the ambitions the government recently set out in its own framework for higher education.”

“The upcoming budget, next CSR and Browne Review of Funding will all be crucial. Despite the pressures on Government finances this is the right time to invest in Higher Education. There is a central role for universities in supporting the very fragile post-recession economic recovery and society.”

“The economic, social and political case for investment in our universities is compelling. Our universities deliver innovative research that is driving forward emergent sectors. We are playing a major role in developing a skilled and flexibly-minded workforce to enable the UK to compete effectively in the global economy. Our universities drive positive social change that benefits individuals, the nation and the wider world. The record demand for higher education shows that the British people recognise the benefits a university experience delivers.”

Notes to Editors

  1. The 1994 Group represents 19 of UK's leading student-focused research-intensive universities. It was established in 1994 to promote excellence in University research and teaching.
  2. In 17 major subject areas 1994 Group universities are the UK leaders achieving 1st place in their field (THE RAE subject rankings 2008). 57% of the 1994 Group's research is rated 4* 'world-leading' or 3* 'internationally excellent' (RAE 2008, HEFCE). 7 of the top 10 universities for student experience are 1994 Group Universities (2009 National Student Survey) 1994 Group members include 10 of the top 18 universities in the UK in The Guardian University Guide League Table published on the 12th May 2009.
  3. The 1994 Group represents: University of Bath, Birkbeck University of London, Durham University, University of East Anglia, University of Essex, University of Exeter, Goldsmiths University of London, Institute of Education University of London, Royal Holloway University of London, Lancaster University, University of Leicester, Loughborough University, Queen Mary University of London, University of Reading, University of St Andrews, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of Surrey, University of Sussex, University of York.
  4. Further details about this Science and Technology Committee inquiry can be found at: http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/science_technology/s_t_spending_cuts.cfm
  5. Press Enquiries please contact Alistair Jarvis, Director of Communications, 1994 Group. Tel: 0207 872 5596 or 07779 232731. Email: alistair.jarvis@1994group.co.uk
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