INDEPENDENT NEWS

Research funding review should be widened

Published: Mon 26 Mar 2012 05:01 PM
Grant Robertson
Deputy Leader
Tertiary Education, Skills and Training Spokesperson
26 March 2012
Research funding review should be widened
Allegations of gaming of the Performance Based Research Fund at Victoria University indicate a review of the scheme needs to have a wide remit to ensure it is a fair measure of the quality of research, Grant Robertson Labour Tertiary Education Spokesperson said.
“While Victoria University has said it could not find particular evidence of wrong doing here, allegations regarding the potential gaming of the PBRF system at other universities are rife. That’s a concern and one that should raise alarm bells.
“After the current 2012 round there is to be a further review of the system. That review needs to have a wide scope to ensure that PBRF is meeting its goals of promoting and rewarding high quality research,” Grant Robertson said.
"And it needs to happen alongside a wider consideration of how to recognize and reward other important elements of tertiary staff performance, including teaching and work with business and the community."
"There is value in promoting and rewarding quality research, but any measurement system will invite institutions to find ways of maximizing their result.
“Some of this behaviour is fed by the competition between institutions that sees tens of millions of dollars spent on marketing to domestic students.
“Labour favours a more collaborative system for tertiary education in New Zealand. We are a small country that needs to make the most of our scale while still supporting a quality system," Grant Robertson said.
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

New Investment Creates Over 2000 Jobs To Clean Up Waterways
By: New Zealand Government
David Clark resigns as Health Minister
By: New Zealand Government
Green Party Proposes Transformational Poverty Action Plan
By: Green Party
New protection for dolphins
By: New Zealand Government
Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
By: New Zealand Government
A New Firearms System Focused On Safety
By: New Zealand Government
Labour will extend loan scheme 'lifeline' for small business - PM
By: RNZ
Details of active Covid-19 cases leaked in privacy breach
By: RNZ
Winston Peters on EU travel: 'We're not going to compromise our country's health'
By: RNZ
Infrastructure Investment To Create Jobs, Kick-start COVID Rebuild
By: New Zealand Government
Government Strengthens Managed Isolation System
By: New Zealand Government
ACT Announces List For 2020 General Election
By: ACT New Zealand
Cash Boost For Wairarapa Waterways
By: Marcus Anselm - Local Democracy Reporter
Waikato Gets $5.5 Million In Funding For Quick-start Projects To Improve Fresh Water
By: Waikato Regional Council
Greater Wellington Wetland And Rivers Get $10 Million Boost
By: Greater Wellington Regional Council
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media