Published: 21 June 2006 at 14:21
A study commissioned by 35 UK universities suggests that universities like Anglia Ruskin University are significantly better than others at using government funding to lever additional research income from other sources, and that the most successful universities are those that, at present, receive the least government support.
From a comparatively modestly funded research base, the 35 universities (including Anglia Ruskin) attract three times more additional research income from a diverse range of customers and achieve a multiplier effect greater than the ‘research intensive’ universities (in both the Russell and the 94 Groups) which the independent study describes as ‘striking’.
The study, undertaken by the Arthur D. Little international firm of consultants, comes as the future of research funding in the UK's higher education sector is being reviewed by Whitehall.
The study also confirms that the group of 35 is making a significant contribution to the UK economy, particularly in the context of regional regeneration and economic development.
Welcoming publication of the report, Anglia Ruskin’s Director of Research and Development Services, Dr Tony West said:
Other key findings include:
The study shows that the group of 35 undertakes research across a wide sectoral range including important emerging fields such as creative and cultural industries and tourism and leisure. Given trends in the wider economy, the Arthur D Little researchers suggest that these emerging industries will require a much stronger research base in the future and work undertaken by the group of 35 provides a valuable basis upon which to develop the necessary research capability.
The Arthur D. Little researchers conclude that:
Estelle Morris, former Education Secretary and now Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sunderland, said: