UK: Nobel winners' protest halts funding change

The government has put on hold controversial plans to re-work the way England's university science research is funded, writes Hannah Richardson for BBC News. Thousands of academics, including Nobel prize winners, campaigned against them, saying they would lead to major discoveries being missed.

Under the research excellence framework, more weight would be given to the economic impact of research. Ministers announced a one-year delay to the plans to enable a full review.

More than 18,000 academics, including a string of Nobel prize winners, signed a petition from the University and College Union opposing the reform which would have come into force in 2013. The union made the case that if researchers had been operating under the proposed guidelines, many crucial discoveries would have been missed
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