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Universities’ geography will shape the future of research

Recent political upheaval means that a university’s location and its connections to institutions around the UK and abroad will be crucial to its research strategies, an audience at the Association of Research Managers and Administrators annual conference has heard.

Lesley Thompson, vice-president of academic and government strategic alliance at scientific publisher Elsevier, told the conference audience on 6 June that as UK research goes through a period of upheaval it will be important for universities to look at their geography.

Recent changes such as the Higher Education and Research Act, Brexit and changing global politics have brought the geography of universities into focus, she said.

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