A letter from my MP, concerning potentially worrying cuts to the science budget
He actually uses the phrase “Science is Vital” – which can’t be bad.
On the whole – I think this looks quite promising – however, a few alarm bells ring at:
“the government will continue to fund the most excellent science and research”
– this depends upon what the government’s definition of “excellent” is – is it Vince Cable’s 54% for example? In which case – much of UK research is for the high jump. He does make the point that science is an “important driver of economic growth” – which is good – and that a supply of technically skilled staff from UK universities is required to support STEM based industries. However – if the big cuts are made to the UK science and higher education budgets, that supply of technically skilled graduates will dry up.
On the whole, quite encouraging – but I’ll still be watching closely on October 20th with one eye on the overseas jobs market.