Research chief condemns government indifference

Bown, William
September 1991
New Scientist;9/21/91, Vol. 131 Issue 1787, p16
The article highlights comments from Mark Richmond, head of the Science and Engineering Research Council in Great Britain, who believes that science needs more money per year from the British government. He warned that the long-term survival of "quality research" is seriously at risk. Richmond voiced for the first time his personal frustration at the low priority given to science by the government. Richmond proposed a radical change to the administration of research, suggesting that the Universities Funding Council be split into separate bodies for teaching and research. This would accelerate the formation of a two-tier system of universities, with some specialising in research and others concentrating on teaching.


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