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Welsh universities will benefit from £6.6million in extra funding for research, following an announcement made by the Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister today.

The investment – made during British Science Week – aims to create a longer-term approach to research and innovation. It will be managed by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.

The threat of Brexit, and particularly a no-deal Brexit, has caused considerable concern in the higher education sector, not least because of uncertainty over what it will mean for access to European research networks.

Kirsty Williams recently chaired and convened a meeting of University Ministers across the UK to seek seeking clarity over a number of issues relating to Brexit, including engagement with EU research schemes. Kirsty has been clear that Welsh universities need to be able to operate across the EU and beyond, and previously announced a £3.5million programme to drive international partnerships.

Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister, said:

“University research drives growth, enables productivity and prepares us for the opportunities of the future. In Wales the sector has punched above its weight in recent years, producing world leading research that brings real benefits for our communities and our society.

“I’m pleased to be able to announce this funding today, which I believe is particularly important as the uncertainty of Brexit continues to hang over our universities.”