2nd. April 2009
Marlyn Glen is writing to Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop asking why Dundee University’s Research Excellence Funding has been cut by £493,000 in allocations through a new system of funding introduced by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) for 2008-2009.
Ms. Glen said,
“Dundee University’s allocation for Research Excellence Funding is £19.219million, a reduction of £493,000 compared with the previous year , amounting to 2.5 per cent drop in funding.
” Overall, Dundee’s total funding from the SFC is £84.84million, a rise of 0.9 per cent, but below the overall Scottish rise of 2.9 per cent.
” A new system of funding has been introduced this year with new categories .
“Research is funded under the category of Research Excellence Grant which is distributed according to the results of a Research Assessment Exercise carried out across the Scottish University sector.
“This Exercise showed an increase in ‘research quality’, the value of which UCU calculate to worth £50 million.
“However, only £10 million extra is being made available.
” It is essential that universities such as Dundee with a world-class reputation receive the funding for the high -quality research that it produces.
” It and other Scottish universities should not be penalised for their excellence .”