UK biologists brace for cuts

"The feeling is one of naked terror at a perfect storm of bad news"

Colin Macilwain
Oct 17, 2010
British life scientists are braced this week for a critical spending announcement that will mark the end of a sustained period of growth for British science, and may result in several years of steep falls in government research spending.
George Osbourne
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This Wednesday (20 October), George Osbourne, the chancellor of the exchequer (finance minister), will release a Comprehensive Spending Review that is expected to cut overall government spending in most departments, except health and overseas aid, by an average of about 25 percent over the next four years.The cuts are expected to be at least that severe at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), which pays for teaching and research at Britain's universities, and scientists are expecting a harsh outcome."The feeling is one of naked terror at a perfect storm of bad news," said Steve Jones, a geneticist at University College London, noting that...
The ScientistFinancial TimesCorrection (19 October): The "Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS)" had its remit adjusted and name changed a few months ago, and is now the "Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)".regrets the error.



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