Government's amendments to the HE&R Bill - RG Response

04 January 2017

Director General of the Russell Group, Dr Wendy Piatt said:

Our research intensive universities play a key role in driving economic growth and knowledge exchange is fundamental to making the most of the UK’s world-leading higher education sector.

There were legitimate concerns over the omission of knowledge exchange from UKRI’s responsibilities. That the government has now made it clear the new body will have a duty to promote knowledge exchange is very good news.

This legislation will shape the future of higher education in the UK for decades to come and it is important that we get it right. Today’s announcements are welcome but there is still more work to be done when the Bill returns to Parliament next week.

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