Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Wales Is the Place to Get the Most from QR Cash

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Wales Is the Place to Get the Most from QR Cash

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Claims that Welsh universities punch below their weight in research quality are without foundation, according to a paper by the Learned Society of Wales.

The scholarly group contends that the country's institutions "rank highly when measured against the standards of national and international competitors", and it aims to counter "prevailing negative perceptions of the research performance of Wales's universities".

Recognising the Quality of Research at Universities in Wales, by Robin Williams, former vice-chancellor of Swansea University and a Higher Education Funding Council for Wales council member, was published on 12 February.

In 2010-11, Welsh universities won just 3.4 per cent of UK research council funding despite having 4.9 per cent of the population, the paper acknowledges.

But this "relatively low level" of funding is due to "low numbers of academic staff in Wales in medicine, engineering and the physical sciences, all of which draw funding from the higher spending Research Councils," the paper argues. …

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