(2) what assessment his Department has made of the impact of research in universities with a strong profile in excellent research of national significance, as determined by the 2002 research assessment exercise, upon innovation and applied research in respect of (a) international companies, (b) the regional economies, (c) higher education exports, (d) the NHS and (e) other public and not-for-profit sectors.
DIUS carries out a wide range of work to measure the impact of research carried out in universities. Each year, the Department publishes a report summarising this work. The latest report, ‘Economic Impacts of Investment in Research and Innovation’ is available via the DIUS website at
This report includes sections on the economy, innovation, health care, and the higher education, public and business sectors. It covers research carried out in all universities, regardless of their previous results in the research assessment exercise or the amount of quality-related research funding that they have received.
The Government’s policy are that students should have access to the higher education courses that best suit their needs, and universities should leverage their research activities to enrich undergraduate programmes as appropriate. This will not happen in the same way in all universities, and we do not believe it should. The Government’s debate on the future of higher education offers an opportunity to discuss how teaching should develop over the next 10 to 15 years.