Universities Minister questioned on implications of Augar Review for science research funding

18 June 2019

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee questions Chris Skidmore MP, Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation as part of its ongoing inquiry. Currently university finances are already under significant pressure. If tuition fees are cut, as recommended by the Augar Review, and teaching grants are not made up in full, this could have severe consequences for the ability of universities to conduct vital scientific research.

Purpose of session

The Committee will ask the Minister if the Government is aware of the potential issues for universities if the recommendations of the Augar Review are implemented and what the Government is doing to support the research community.


Wednesday 19 June in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 3.40pm

  • Chris Skidmore MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation and Interim Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, Department for Education (DfE) and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Paul Drabwell, Deputy Director, Science Research and Innovation, BEIS
  • Harriet Wallace, Director, International Science and Innovation Directorate, BEIS

Possible questions

  • Why has QR funding been falling as a proportion of Research Council funding and is this a conscious decision?
  • Will the Government implement some or all of Augar's recommendations? If not all, which ones and why?
  • Will the amount of money going to universities via UKRI increase as part of the UK's commitment to investing 2.4% of GDP in R&D by 2027?
  • How will the Government ensure there are enough researchers entering the system via PhDs, in order to meet the UK's R&D target?

Further information

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