Research cut stirs university divisions

Research cut stirs university divisions | Andrew Trounson | The Australian Higher Education | 24 October , 2012

THE federal government’s $500 million cut in research funds has driven a wedge into the sector, pitting the student access and expansion agenda against the research funding that drives global rankings for elite research universities.Group of Eight chairman and University of NSW vice-chancellor Fred Hilmer has slammed the delay in new money for indirect research costs, blaming the blowout in the cost of the government’s “ill conceived” uncapping of student places. But he immediately put offside those universities that have aggressively expanded places.

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