UK not upping pay for postdocs

RCUK report shows many schools aren't applying for extra funding to supplement young researcher salaries

Stephen Pincock
Jul 31, 2006
Too few British universities are making the most of a chance to boost postdoctoral salaries that has been available to them for the past two years, a new report showed on Tuesday (August 1).The report, commissioned by Research Councils UK, found that the vast majority of investigators are failing to apply for extra funding that would let them increase postdoc salaries in projects funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and other councils."Many institutions are continuing to offer posts at around £20,000 when they could award higher salaries," said Louise Ackers and colleagues from the Centre for the Study of Law and Policy in Europe, at the University of Leeds. The extra funds could allow them to offer thousands of pounds more, they said.The Leeds group was asked to investigate the impact of "enhancements" to PhD stipends and postdoc salaries that were made available after a 2002...

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