Sussex University could accept a recommendation to increase funding and staffing levels for its threatened chemistry department in coming days, despite the fact that its vice-chancellor told staff on Friday (May 5) that authors of the much-anticipated report had failed to examine all the options and needed to do further work.A group of academics led by Jonathan Bacon, dean of the School of Life Sciences, has been undertaking an urgent review of plans to reshape the School of Life Sciences, an issue since mid-March. They were set the task after furor erupted over plans to shut down the chemistry department.The academics' report was delivered to the university's strategy and resources committee (SRC) on Thursday, urging investment in chemistry. But the SRC did not support the report's recommendation, since the authors failed to include "detailed work on looking at all the options" other than increasing support for chemistry, the university...

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