I spent many years at a "teaching-only" institution with no core funding for research before the research assessment exercise (Letters, THES, March 14). All academics were scholarly, about half published fairly regularly and about a quarter obtained research funding from one source or another.
You couldn't stop academics being academic even if you were deranged enough to want to - all you could do was make it maddeningly difficult.
The RAE offered "teaching-only" universities a glimpse of teasingly small sums of money. The result was a huge increase in largely unfunded research.
In the last RAE, the research in virtually every department in my previous "teaching-only" institution was of national or international standing.
It costs very little to support the kind of research academics conduct in "teaching-only" institutions. Whether the ruthless focus necessary to achieve a 6* is good for students is a different matter.
The Open University