Education: Research Threat `Disaster'
Byline: JENNY REES
WELSH towns and cities are in danger of losing their culture and business if university lecturers are unable to continue their research.
A senior lecturer with 35 years experience has forecast a gloomy future if university lecturers are unable to undertake sufficient research.
Dr Michael Gruneberg worked at the University of Wales over four decades and says moves to create teaching universities and centres of excellence would be disastrous for Wa
``There has been talk of making some institutions teaching universities which would be a total disaster for everybody.
``Teaching universities won't be able to attract a high level of qualified staff because their research and expertise won't be necessary, so you won't have top authorities in the subject area.''
Dr Gruneberg claims that universities are already slipping into this situation as more funding is allocated to the universities that currently do the most research.
``There is a limited pot, so if you put all the money into one institution there is less money going into other institutions.
``Student ratios are becoming higher and higher and so it is bound to affect the quality of research.
``One of the excitements of university courses is being taught by people you have read about or whose papers you are discussing and you can talk to them about their work.
``If you don't have people like that spread over the different uni-versities, the quality is completely diminished and it diminishes the cultural quality of the town or city. …