THE: ‘Breadth of quality gives UK edge, says University Alliance’

Funding the best research wherever it is found across the sector, rather than just in large research-intensive universities, is what has given the UK research base its international edge.

This is the message from the University Alliance, the mission group representing 22 “research-engaged” institutions, presenting a new analysis that examines the relationship between quality and quantity in research excellence.

Drawing on previous research and reviews, the analysis, Concentration and Diversity: Understanding the Relationship between Excellence, Volume and Critical Mass, published last week, concludes that there is “no direct correlation between volume and excellence outside some of the physical sciences”.

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