Memorandum submitted by the 1994 Group
In broad terms, the 1994 Group's position does
not differ substantially from that of Universities UK as set out
in their memorandum to the Select Committee.
We remain committed to the dual support system
of research funding and see a periodic peer review of research
quality as an essential component of that system.
While some details of the RAE may need to be
changed in the future, we would support the continuance of periodic
research assessment covering all higher education institutions.
We would not support any proposals to identify a small elite of
institutions whose research funding would be separate from the
rest of the system.
The increase in grades which has occurred this
time is largely the result of a genuine improvement in research
productivity and it would be most undesirable if there were long-term
underfunding of this research, particularly if the funding gap
between grade 5 and grade 5* departments were widened.
The existing funding multipliers deliver a very
selective allocation of funding, and it would not be desirable
to make it even more selective.
24 January 2002