Britain is facing a major brain drain as scientists abandon the country for better-funded jobs abroad, an investigation by Jeevan Vasagar for The Guardian reveals. Top researchers including an Oxford professor of physics and a stem cell researcher seeking a cure for the commonest form of blindness, say they are poised to leave.
Meanwhile, the heads of several prestigious universities have warned that proposed government cuts to Britain's science budget threaten "an insidious grinding down of the UK research community". This comes against a background in which universities say they are already struggling to attract the best candidates to important research and teaching posts, and warnings that this month's spending review could, according to some estimates, take as much as 25% out of Britain's total spending on scientific research.
Full report on the Guardian site
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