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In 2013, together with Universities UK,  we commissioned Public and Corporate Economic Consultants and the Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge to undertake a study of the impact of HEFCE’s quality-related research (QR) funding.

The study combined econometric research on the relationship between QR funding and third-stream income and case study interviews with 25 higher education institutions (HEIs) about the role and importance of QR funding.

The report identifies four main models for distributing QR funding within the case study HEIs, reflecting different degrees of centralisation. Irrespective of individual QR distribution models, universities universally identified QR funding as an important element of the dual support system, and it commanded wide support from case study respondents across the full range of academic disciplines.