Is anyone here furious about how the UK government decided to cut UKRI funding to 1/3

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MindMax2000
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I understand that during a panedemic, the economic viability to maintain funding for research can be difficult, but to cut things to 1/3 is insulting.

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?
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Nope, not bothered.
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Not really.
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I'd be offended if they cut R&D research generally but i see little issue with merely cutting a single departments budget for it. Especially when plenty of others do it as well.
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.
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My understanding is that only the ODA element of UKRI's budget is being cut by a third (£120m), the rest of UKRIs budget of £7.9 billion or so is not being cut.
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No further insight, no awareness, but quite frankly no surprise from a government that is financially illiterate.
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(Original post by barnet1471)
No further insight, no awareness, but quite frankly no surprise from a government that is financially illiterate.
Too right. Furlough was a bloody idiotic invention.
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Would be inclined to be pissed off it was true. But, so far as I can see, this is entirely made-up.

There are some cuts as a result of cut to international aid, which is purposed to research. But aside from that...
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