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Britain in 2010: Universities, industry and society

Universities are seen as central to the competitive performance of ‘knowledge economies’ and to economic recovery [writes Alan Hughes]. This perception is linked with the justification of university research in terms of its ‘wealth-creating potential’. In turn, this is too easily taken to mean a narrow focus on the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and maths) and on promoting commercialisation of ideas through spin-outs and licensing.

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