Is anyone here furious about how the UK government decided to cut UKRI funding to 1/3Watch
For one, many of these people worked hard to get their PhDs (especially when they had to compete amongst so many people), and many of them are already severely underpaid (borderline minimum wage) with long hours. Considering a good portion of those helped with life science research, I consider this to be insulting to those who helped ease Covid or help find a vaccine for it.
To me, it also doesn't make sense because it not only can set the country back decades in innovation and research, but also it deters further research to deter potential outbreaks and future pandemics i.e. relieve unnecessary stress on the NHS.
Whilst I don't know everything behind closed doors or the full story, I can't agree with the way things are done. Does anyone have further insight on this?
Equally, such funding does not exist solely to keep students occupied. There are better things to put money to than someone's PhD after all.
There are some cuts as a result of cut to international aid, which is purposed to research. But aside from that...