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Bad for Universities? Bad for Teaching? Bad for Research? Do UK’s Research Funding Arrangements Need Reform?

Bad for Universities? Bad for Teaching? Bad for Research?
Do UK’s Research Funding Arrangements Need Reform?

Monday 10th September, 6.30-7.30pm 

As students and their teachers plan ahead for their autumn return to university, many are concerned about tuition fees.

They should also worry about the future of research in the sciences and especially in the humanities.

For although UK universities are outstanding, the current arrangements for research funding damage good teaching and may not promote the best research. On Monday 10th September, Politeia will mark the publication of a new study by Professor John Marenbon*, Funding Research in the Humanities, with a special event to discuss these questions.

Guest speakers will be:

  • The Rt. Hon. Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats and former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (2010-15).
  • Lord Rees of Ludlow OM Kt HonFREng FRS, Astronomer Royal (1995-) and former President of the Royal Society (2005-10).
  • John Marenbon, FBA, fellow of Trinity College and Honorary Professor of Medieval Philosophy at the University of Cambridge.

They will consider such questions as:

• What is the case for funding the research that brings no practical benefits?
• Is the current model of natural sciences research suitable for the arts and humanities?
• Does it work even for the sciences themselves?
• What impact does it have on universities’ ability to teach students?

If you would like to attend, please email press@politeia.co.uk with your name, organisation, position, daytime telephone number and email address. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

*John Marenbon, FBA, is a fellow of Trinity College and Honorary Professor of Medieval Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. His Funding Research in the Humanities will be published to mark the event on 10 September by Politeia and New Direction.

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