Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

More Scientists Mean Bigger Slice of Funding Pie

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

More Scientists Mean Bigger Slice of Funding Pie

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Welsh universities need more than 600 additional academics in science and technology if they are to secure a bigger share of UK research council funding, a report says.

A study published on 21 May by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education finds that Welsh institutions have consistently missed a Cardiff government target for them to win 5 per cent of research council funding, roughly equivalent to the country's population share in the UK.

The proportion of funding secured by Welsh universities has fallen to about 3 per cent and the report says that this has led to concerns about research performance.

But the criticism is unfair, according to authors Peter Halligan, chief executive of the Learned Society of Wales, and Louise Bright, the Leadership Foundation's associate director for Wales.

Government efforts to encourage institutional mergers and increased collaboration appear to have benefited research quality, they say, highlighting that Wales matched or outperformed the rest of the UK in the research excellence framework.

More than 75 per cent of all Welsh submissions were rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. …

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