University Business: Spring Budget reveals increased investment in STEM education

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Coverage of the Spring Budget 2017 appeared in University Business and featured our statement from UA chief executive Maddalaine Ansell. Among the measures announced by Chancellor Phillip Hammond, the Budget revealed an increased investment in STEM subject research of £300m.

Maddalaine said: “Alliance universities educate over 25% of the UK’s STEM graduates and have strength and depth in STEM research, so the additional funds for PhD studentships are welcome alongside funds to attract researchers from overseas. The Research Councils must distribute these funds on the basis of fair and open competition, recognising excellence wherever it is found, and the creation of UKRI must be used as an opportunity to iron out the administrative issues that have prevented this from happening in the past.”

You can read our full statement here.

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