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Why invest in universities?

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Universities are essential for the UK's modern knowledge economy. The UK has a university sector that many other countries aspire to emulate.

Our academics are world leaders in research and innovation, our graduates are in demand worldwide, and our universities attract ​business and investment to all regions of the UK. 

However, in the absence of sufficient and sustained investment, the UK’s research base and university sector will fall behind key competitors. As the 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review approaches, there remain a number of major financial challenges that must be overcome.

This publication highlights the powerful and positive contribution universities make to the economy, to society and to individuals – through, among other things, their world-leading research, their work with business and employers, and by helping students develop the skills they and the economy need. As the government’s latest spending review approaches, it sets out universities’ priorities and how government can support them.



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