The focus of this paper is on the research-teaching nexus as a higher education policy issue. Roger Brown's leadership in this area has been exceptionally visionary and has created some of the earliest dialogues between scholars concerned with exploring the relationship between research and teaching and higher education policy-makers; first in the United Kingdom (UK) and then extended to the international higher education community. At the start of its work the R & T Group focused on the research and teaching nexus within the context of UK government higher education funding policies. In the first few years that the R & T Group met, its discussions focused on what was known through research about the research-teaching nexus both in the UK and elsewhere; and what needed be done to make the two more equal partners in higher education institutions (HEIs). In his later work on the marketisation of higher education he draws these three areas quality improvement in higher education.