Higher Education: Foreign Funding

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:59 pm on 28th April 2008.

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Photo of Baroness Morgan of Drefelin Baroness Morgan of Drefelin Government Whip, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills) 2:59 pm, 28th April 2008

My Lords, I am delighted to offer the noble Baroness full and unequivocal reassurance on this question. I have read the article to which she refers and, just to be clear, the level of funding that it highlighted represents around 0.2 per cent of university funding in this country. I do not believe that universities would compromise their academic independence and reputations because of it.

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Arnold Tarling
Posted on 30 Apr 2008 9:58 am (Report this annotation)

An unfounded and unestablished "Belief" that massive funding from potentially partisan sources would not compromise a University in any way is flawed.

Even small amounts of funding from partisan and non partisan groups affects the way in which that particular course is taught.

To ensure that there is no influence funding must be pass ed through an intermediate channel that has NO contact with the university other than to pass funding on.