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Last of the big spenders

What can universities expect from the chancellor today?

Delivering the Operational Research Society’s Blackett Lecture last night, former universities and science minister Chris Skidmore said: “This is not the multi-annual spending review framework we had hoped it might be, but this nevertheless gives us a window to be more dynamic with how government spending, and indeed research spending, might operate for the future.”

Ever the optimist, Skidmore said of the government’s promise to double the science budget by the end of this parliament: “The £22 billion cannot wait until 2025: we need a front-loading of this investment, to deliver a signal that the UK is open for R&D business and that we welcome the opportunity for future partnership and are willing now to invest in opportunities presented.”

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