Research ambition is welcome, but Government cannot afford to ignore postgraduate study at established universities, says 1994 Group

The 1994 Group of leading research-intensive universities has responded to David Willetts speech on hi-tech growth.


Mark Fuller, 1994 Group Director of Communications, said:


“The Minister set out an impressive level of ambition in his speech today. Making the UK the world’s best place to do science is something to which we all aspire. 1994 Group instructions are at the forefront of making this aspiration a reality, with outstanding achievements like Durham’s award winning partnership with Procter and Gamble. This type of success rests not only on being able to attract world class academics and develop cutting edge infrastructure, but also on ensuring a pipeline of future research excellence through postgraduate study.


“The future of postgraduate study is currently under threat from the lack of any sustainable system of financial support for postgraduates. It’s good that the Government is starting to address this by calling on proposals for new institutions specialising in postgraduate research, but this must not detract from the needs of postgraduate study in long-established institutions. The UK’s existing universities, like those in the 1994 Group, are best placed to deliver on the Minister’s ambitions for research. We hope that this is quickly recognised by plans to support their long term ability to recruit postgraduate students.”





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Notes to Editors:

1.    The 1994 Group represents 19 of the UK’s leading student-focused research-intensive universities. It was established in 1994 to promote excellence in University research and teaching.

2.  12 of the top 20 universities in the Guardian University Guide 2012 league tables are 1994 Group members. 8 of the top 20 universities in the 2012 Sunday Times University League Table are 1994 Group members. 9 of the top 20 universities in the 2012 Complete University Guide are 1994 Group members.


3.  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).

4.    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.

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