Research Equipment Needs in UK Universities: a Snapshot Study

Kieron Flanagan, Luke Georghiou, Peter Halfpenny, Janet Evans, Paul Croasdale

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Abstract

This study was commissioned by CVCP as a supplement to its submission to the UK Government‟s Spending Review 2000 and part funded by HEFCE. It takes a „snapshot‟ of the present state of research equipment provision and needs in UK universities, by means of a limited follow up to the equipment survey carried out by PREST (Policy Research in Engineering, Science and Technology) and CASR (Centre for Applied Social Research), University of Manchester, in 1996. The study has found that the substantial efforts made to improve the provision of equipment in UK universities have led to some improvement in the situation since the 1996 survey. Nonetheless, there are still important issues which remain to be addressed, most notably that of the „well-found laboratory‟ and the related issue of teaching equipment. The extremely selective nature of JIF and the funding rules for JREI have created an uneven landscape in which there are outcrops of high quality provision, but where equally high quality work, even in the same departments, remains heavily constrained.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherPREST, University of Manchester
Publication statusPublished - May 2000

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