UK: Vince Calble urges universities to do "more with less"

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    Vince Cable reveals a strategy to cut science funding

     

    Business Secretary Vince Cable has unveiled plans for a squeeze on public funding for scientific research.

     

    He urged universities to do "more for less" and said taxpayers should only back research that has a commercial use or was academically outstanding.

     

    Mr Cable said in a speech in London that the government "values" UK science and research and spends £4.3bn a year.

     

    However, Lord Rees, president of the Royal Society, said cutting science funding would be a false economy.

     

    Mr Cable's speech came ahead of next month's Comprehensive Spending Review, which is likely to squeeze resources.

     

    Read the full article in BBC News, 8 September 2010

     

    See also OECD Conference: Higher Education in a World Changed Utterly: Doing More with Less