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Student fee cuts threaten research.

Student fee cuts threaten research.

Everywhere you go, your life is improved by breakthroughs developed in the labs and classrooms of UK universities. Treatments for diabetes and Parkinson’s, methods used by the police to cut violent crime, the sugar tax – even digital theology that can tackle online trolling. All of these are the work of UK academics, because the UK is a research powerhouse.

The stats bear this out: more than 80% of the research coming out of the 24 research-intensive Russell Group universities is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent. This brings knowledge, but also influence. The rest of the world wants to work with the UK on the latest discoveries and on shared challenges, from climate change to the data revolution. After Brexit, this will be crucial.

Luckily, research and development now sits at the heart of the government’s industrial strategy, which aims to put the UK at the forefront of cutting-edge industries of the future, including clean technology and artificial intelligence.

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