1994 Group welcomes RCUK Strategic Framework for Capital Investment

The 1994 Group of leading smaller research-intensive universities has welcomed the publication of the Research Councils UK (RCUKJ) strategic framework for capital investment, launched by the Chancellor with a speech on science, technology and growth.


Mark Fuller, Director of Communications at the 1994 Group, said:


“The UK’s mix of large and small research intensive universities help us punch well above out weight in global research productivity, but they rely on sustained investment in cutting edge facilities to maintain this success. The RCUK framework provides a useful guide for on how investment should be applied, setting out the importance of equipping researchers with transformative equipment and building world class facilities.


“However, the framework needs to be backed with action to make good on the Chancellor’s promise of making Britain the best place in the world to do science. Capital investment was omitted from the science budget in the last spending review and the subsequent funding cuts have been acutely felt, particularly as our global competitors increase their own levels of investment in research.


“As he approaches the next spending review the Chancellor needs to make sure that the UK’s research community has the investment needed to keep pace with the rest of the world “. 





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Notes to Editors:

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


2.    7 of the top 30 universities in the Guardian University Guide 2013 league tables are 1994 Group members; 3 of the top 30 universities in the 2013 Sunday Times University League Table are 1994 Group members; 7 of the top 30 universities in the 2012 Complete University Guide are 1994 Group members.

3.  The 1994Group represents: Birkbeck University of London, University of East Anglia, University of Essex,  Goldsmiths University of London, Institute of Education University of London, Royal Holloway University of London, Lancaster University, University of Leicester, Loughborough University, University of Reading, , School of Oriental and African Studies, University of Sussex.


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