University research is billions underfunded and cutting tuition fees could make the situation worse, warns think tank

University research in Britain is billions of pounds underfunded against its trust costs, with institutions forced to plug the gap with fees from international students, an analysis has found, iNews is reporting.

According to HEPI, the gap between the money which UK universities receive for research and the actual cost of doing it is £4.3bn. In England and Northern Ireland the gap was £3.7bn in 2017-18.

The shortfall in research funding has been partly filled by cross-subsidies from international students’ fees, with each international student paying an average of £5,100 more than it costs to teach them. Around £4,250 of this goes towards reducing the deficit on research.

If the Government follows the Auguar review’s recommendation by cutting fees from £9,250 to £7,500, it would create a £2.3bn shortfall, the report says.

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