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UK scientists on collision course over £1bn research cuts

The Guardian
26 August 2010

Big reductions in the UK's scientific research capacity will be necessary if planned 25% cuts to government spending in the sector go ahead, the director of one of the country's main science funding bodies warned tonight.

John Womersley, director of science programmes at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), told the Guardian it would not be possible to achieve such deep cuts without mothballing a major facility. He said those at risk included particle accelerators such as the £383m Diamond Light Source, which opened only three years ago, and the £145m Isis neutron source.

There are also warnings that an almost £1bn cut to the £3.5bn science research budget would entail the loss of significant numbers of postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers, creating a "lost generation" of scientists and engineers and draining innovation from the economy.

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