Thursday, 11 August 2016

Stopping the Bleeding

Kubler-Ross: Helping us understand our grief
The tsunami that hit British politics on 23 June 2016 laid waste to many political careers and irreparably cracked the foundations of the European dream. In higher education there is still a sense of bewilderment and loss, and a group of survivors gathered at Senate House on Tuesday for a Wonkhe-sponsored day conference to survey the damage and assess how best to rebuild. As one of the first speakers put it, ‘how can we stop the bleeding?’

Friday, 29 July 2016

Global Challenges Research Fund: A Primer


The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) was announced in last year’s spending review (December 2015), and came as something of a surprise to the sector. The previous spending review (2010) had protected the research budget from the worst ravages of austerity, but it was still a flat settlement, and funding was looking a little threadbare five years in.

George Osborne, the Chancellor at the time, sought to remedy this somewhat, and announced that the research budget would rise from £4.7bn to £5.2bn by the end of the parliament (2020).

Source: THE
However, there was a catch. The extra £1.5bn would come from a different pot. It would not come from the budget of the Dept for Business, Innovation and Skills, but rather from International Development, and would aim ‘to develop new solutions to the complex multidimensional problems faced by developing countries.’ Note how the Science budget stagnates in the chart on the right, and GCRF rises.