University strategies & policy:  Too little innovation?


Excerpt:  Wendy Piatt, director-general of the Russell Group of large research-intensive universities, welcomed many of the measures in the newly announced innovation strategy, but was disappointed it did not address concerns about postgraduate funding, or adopt the Russell Group's proposal for a new bank loan scheme for postgraduates.


She also called for more capital funding to be made available to universities, and for research to be exempted from the Freedom of Information Act.


David Price, vice-provost for research at University College London, praised the government for "the stability of its commitment to the research base" in difficult times.


He also said it was a pity the strategy's "fine words on the importance of mobile highly skilled people" had not translated into concessions regarding universities' continuing concerns about the government's new visa regulations.