Cuts Watch #253: the Brain Drain
Cuts in university funding may cause researchers to leave British universities, and there could be long-term damage to the country’s scientific base as a result. Science minister David Willetts challenged Lord Krebs, the chair of the House of Lords science and technology select committee to find evidence that the cuts really could damage British universities’ ability to attract and retain leading researchers.
Lord Krebs has now written to Mr Willetts to report the result of a brief survey of top scientists at Cambridge, Oxford, Manchester, Edinburgh and UCL and Imperial in London. All were already – before the cuts hit home – able to provide examples of researchers who had either left their universities or turned down offers because they had better funded alternative offers from foreign universities.