Hundreds of millions of pounds are flowing into our universities each year from overseas and some of it is coming from Middle Eastern countries which have faced international criticism over their human rights records.
Critics argue that these nations - more often than not, Gulf States - are buying respectability and legitimacy.
The Today programme's Andrew Hosken reports that the University and College Union, which represents lecturers and other academic staff, have called for an inquiry into foreign donations.
"It is impossible to say how much money is coming in
there is so little transparency on it [within univerisities]", explained Robin Simcox, research fellow at the Henry Jackson Foundation.
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