Tuesday, December 15, 2009

BBC News - Protest over research funds plan

BBC News - Protest over research funds plan

University professors are due to march on Parliament later to protest at planned changes in funding they say will threaten "blue-skies" research.

They oppose plans in England to offer extra financial incentives for research that has "demonstrable benefits" to the economy, society or culture.

They argue imaginative ideas will lose out to "unoriginal research proposals".

The Higher Education Funding Council for England says it will still support "curiosity driven research".

The academic protest will include an unveiling, by the University and College Union, of a picture of Albert Einstein in Westminster.

Einstein has been chosen because he once said: "If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?"

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