Funding the Big Society

From the Observer

Academics will study the “big society” as a priority, following a deal with the government to secure funding from cuts.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) will spend a “significant” amount of its funding on the prime minister’s vision for the country, after a government “clarification” of the Haldane principle – a convention that for 90 years has protected the right of academics to decide where research funds should be spent.

Under the revised principle, research bodies must work to the government’s national objectives, although the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said that ministers will not meddle in individual projects.

It is claimed the AHRC was told that research into the “big society” was non-negotiable if it wished to maintain its funding at £100m a year.

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One response to “Funding the Big Society

  1. If you are worried about the future of academic funding and the need to conform to government requirements, please keep the debate alive. My blog is aiming to do that: http://againstimpact.wordpress.com/

    Jim

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