HEFCE has signed a concordat which aims to create stronger ties between the public and research carried out across all disciplines in the higher education sector.
Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive of HEFCE, said:
'As universities have developed their wider roles in the economy and society, the bond with the public has strengthened significantly. A recent HEFCE commissioned survey by Ipsos MORI demonstrated that the public appreciates this relationship with a large majority indicating the importance of government investment in higher education, while acknowledging the wide benefits that universities bring to the UK. We are keen to support this Concordat. It provides a significant milestone in furthering mutual engagement and understanding between universities and their wider communities and will underpin the importance to the country of all disciplines, including the arts and humanities as well as the sciences.'