Does high-quality research require "critical mass"?
Harrison, Mark, 1949- (2009) Does high-quality research require "critical mass"? In: The question of R&D specialisation : perspectives and policy implications. JRC Scientific and Technical Reports (EUR collection) . Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, pp. 53-55. ISBN 9789279124884
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Charles Clarke, the UK's education secretary from 2002 to 2004, once asked: "Should we enable more of the best researchers to focus on research, and develop a more professional teaching force for universities specialising in teaching?" The drift of research funding decisions in British universities since then has been to concentrate resources on a few key institutions that already command the bulk of research finance. We have been told that world-class research requires "critical mass", and this is to be found in the "golden triangle" formed by Oxford, Cambridge, and London; those institutions elsewhere that do not have critical mass would be better left without any research funding at all than encouraged to continue to waste national resources on the small-scale, low-value projects that are the only kind of work they are capable of.
|Item Type:||Book Item|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Research -- Great Britain|
|Series Name:||JRC Scientific and Technical Reports (EUR collection)|
|Publisher:||Office for Official Publications of the European Communities|
|Place of Publication:||Luxembourg|
|Book Title:||The question of R&D specialisation : perspectives and policy implications|
|Editor:||Pontikakis, Dimitrios and Kyriakou, Dimitrios and Bavel, Rene van|
|Page Range:||pp. 53-55|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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