President and ViceChancellor discusses challenging situation for research funding

President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle has highlighted the UK’s low investment in science as he spoke at the Association for Research Managers and Administrators annual conference this week.

In his speech, Professor Boyle argued that the UK is particularly efficient with its science funding but warned against using this as justification for further cuts.

Earlier this year the Science is Vital group revealed that public research investment in the UK had fallen below 0.5 per cent of GDP. Professor Boyle has called on the government to look to other countries that have continued to invest in science despite the economic downturn.

Professor Boyle was Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council before taking on the role of President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Leicester.