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Devolution sets universities against each other

Universities are reluctant to discuss their differences or share information on research strategies, and this may increase as a result of devolution, according to a stimulus paper published by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

“These strains may be further aggravated by the varying degrees of financial dependence on devolved budgets,” reads the paper, written by David Raffe, professor of sociology of education at the University of Edinburgh and published on 4 November. Raffe poses and answers questions on devolution and higher education.

“Institutions’ capacity to work together may be placed under further strain as the focus shifts from funding and policy for the sector as a whole to the distribution of roles and resources among institutions,” it says.

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