Extra £6.6m for research in Welsh universities

Friday March 15th, 2019

To coincide with British Science Week, the Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, has announced an extra £6.6m of funding to support higher education research in Wales this year.Government Opportunities

The funding will pave the way for a new, longer-term approach to research and innovation in Wales. It is designed to help strengthen the current Welsh research base by enabling Welsh researchers to compete for a greater share of new UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding, as suggested by Professor Graeme Reid’s review of research and innovation in Wales.

The funding will be managed by the Higher Education Council for Wales (HEFCW).

Kirsty Williams said:

Over the past 20 years, Welsh universities have grown the volume, impact and international reach of their research. Wales is now among the most efficient research performers, converting relatively small levels of funding into highly regarded research, and in the process outperforming other parts of the UK and similar sized countries in terms of published research impact.

“In the current uncertain economic climate, it’s more important than ever we support our universities in building their research capabilities and responding to both the changing UK research landscape and the potential consequences of ‘Brexit’.”

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