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Splitting teaching and research funds ‘creates risks’

The Russell Group of 20 research-intensive UK universities has voiced concern over the proposed split between teaching and research funding, set out in the government’s green paper on higher education.

The Russell Group response, published on 25 January, raises several misgivings over the introduction of a Teaching Excellence Framework, saying it would be a “concern” if the proposals “have a detrimental impact on university autonomy in terms of ‘who’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ we teach”.

Its document also describes the proposed split between teaching and research funding as a “significant risk that could have unintended, knock-on consequences for both teaching and research quality”.

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