Is research funding in universities at risk if tuition fees are cut?

11 June 2019

As part of its ongoing inquiry, the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee asks witnesses from across the scientific community if funding for scientific research in universities is at risk because of the Augar Review. The witnesses include Lord Willetts and witnesses from The Russell Group, three National Academies and the Vice Chancellor of Lancaster University.


Tuesday 11 June in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 10.25am

  • Professor David Lomas, Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Professor Mark Smith, Vice-Chancellor, Lancaster University
  • Professor Dame Ann Dowling, President, Royal Academy of Engineering

At 11.25am

  • Dr Tim Bradshaw, Chief Executive, Russell Group
  • The Rt Hon Lord Willetts, Executive Chair, Resolution Foundation
  • Professor Peter Bruce FRS, Physical Secretary and Vice President, Royal Society

Possible questions

Questions likely to be covered in the sessions include:

  • What challenges face universities in attracting a greater number of research students to meet the stated need for 260,000 more researchers to reach the 2.4% R&D target
  • Whether a fee reduction as a result of the Augar Review  could affect universities' research budgets, and whether some universities will be affected more than others
  • The importance of researcher mobility for scientific research and in what ways the current system of funding influences the mobility of researchers
  • How important is research-led education in encouraging students to go into research careers?

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