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Augar review puts research at risk, peers hear

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The Augar review of post-18 education funding has placed great uncertainty on the future of research at universities, according to leading figures in academia.

Leszek Borysiewicz, chair of Cancer Research UK and former vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge, told the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee on 4 June that universities were facing “huge risks”.

“Safety nets have been removed, new regulators are actually in place…you’ve got uncertainties with what happens with Brexit, you’ve got a totally uncertain immigration policy and at the same time you are now likely with Augar to be hitting universities with yet more uncertainties as to what their income and finance streams are,” he said at a committee hearing on research funding for universities.

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