Support for Oxford changes

March 13, 2008

As the head of one of the 31 Oxford colleges in favour of the proposed new model for allocating resources, I was very surprised to see that your coverage included no comment at all from those who support the model ("Critics see threat to tutorials in Oxford shake-up", 28 February).

The majority believe that the Joint Resource Allocation Mechanism offers a much fairer and more transparent way of distributing resources than the outdated Quantum (the existing model of finance allocation to colleges). It explicitly supports the tutorial system and incentivises the provision of teaching by those who are research active, as opposed to postgraduates or teaching-only staff.

Those of us who have looked at the proposals in detail do not recognise the alarming picture of JRAM painted by your anonymous commentators.

Dame Fiona Caldicott, Principal, Somerville College University of Oxford.

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