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1994 Group responds to further cuts to University funding

Issued on 24 May 2010

Responding to today’s announcement of £200 million cuts to higher education budgets, Professor Paul Wellings, Chair of the 1994 Group and Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University said:

“Our universities are a critical part of the growth agenda for the UK. We need to make sure that these additional funding cuts do not erode our capacity as a key economic driver and our central role in supporting the very fragile post-recession economic recovery and society.”

“Universities have already shouldered a significant burden of budget cuts over the last year. Further cuts could threaten much of the recent progress made on enhancing the student experience, increasing the impact of research, widening participation and building a world-class Higher Education sector.”

“We are pleased to see that funding remains for 10,000 additional student places. These places must be allocated to those offering the highest quality to students.”

“The uncertainty over future funding must be quickly addressed. What our universities need is a clear long-term strategy backed up by a stable and sustainable funded environment to enable them to deliver maximum benefit to our economy and society. The upcoming June budget, Autumn Spending Review and Browne Review of Higher Education Funding will be crucial. Despite the pressures on Government finances this is the right time to invest in high quality higher education.”

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. www.1994group.ac.uk
  2. 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. 7 of the top 10 universities for student experience are 1994 Group Universities (2009 National Student Survey). 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).
  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. Press enquiries please contact Alistair Jarvis, Director of Communications at the 1994 Group.
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