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Public Attitudes to R&D and Universities

18 Apr 2023

This briefing covers key findings for universities from CaSE’s Discovery Decade 2022-23 public attitudes study, which comprised four nationally-representative surveys polling a total of 18,000 people, and 14 focus groups. It includes statistics and the opinions of focus group participants, and identifies four key points:

  • Universities’ role in the R&D system is not instinctively clear to the public
  • University R&D is perceived as more altruistic, but slower to deliver results
  • Universities and academics are trusted messengers about R&D investment
  • Universities are ideally placed to respond to the public’s appetite to hear