8 July 2014 11 Comments
Is a university that provides internal funds to its researchers being indulgent?
Matchett wondered whether internal funding would be a luxury that our brave new world of deregulated universities could not offer:
the days when universities can afford such relatively low impact schemes may end once deregulation kicks in – it will be harder to fund lab time or a travel grant from undergraduate fees if they are set in a competitive market.
This got me thinking about the consequences of deleting the capacity-building potential of internal funding for researchers or research projects.
What would happen if this development did not happen at this level? Is helping to build your own institution’s research capacity and experience a ‘luxury’ that universities today can’t afford? Is growing your own fabulous researchers an impossible aim?