Base funding review ‘should address underfunding’

01 Mar 2012

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Areas of underfunding such as the visual and performing arts should receive increased funding, according to the Regional Universities Network (RUN) in its submission to the base funding review.

The network responded earlier this week to the base funding review during consultations in Melbourne with the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Research, and Tertiary Education.

The Chair of RUN, Professor David Battersby, said the network generally supported the review principles.

“RUN also sees that flagship programs could offer the opportunity for the development of courses in areas of regional and national need,” Professor Battersby said.

“A hub and spokes model could be followed for delivery in the network universities.”

RUN believes that any change to the student contribution should not be a disincentive to low SES student participation.

“RUN would only support the roll in of infrastructure funding into base funding if base funding was increased to fully account for this inclusion.

"The network supports the inclusion of funding for base research capacity based on student load.

"We also urge the government to take a more flexible approach on postgraduate course work places and have these arrangements negotiated in the compacts,” Professor Battersby said.


Dr Caroline Perkins
Executive Director
Regional Universities Network

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