Quality teaching and research could suffer as higher education institutes demand money making skills from academics
As cuts begin to bite more universities are expected to tell their academics to focus on diversifying into profitable business. Photograph: Graham Turner
University academics are increasingly being expected to develop links with businesses to boost their institution’s income. The pressure to create alternative commercial funding streams is expected to rise cuts hit the sector . For some academics, especially those at the post-92 organisations, the move to engage with business has been easy.
The University of Hertfordshire which three years ago self-styled itself as a business-facing institution has seen its commercial income rise by 115% to £30.5m in five years while its source of public funding has increased by only 15%.