Nothing to do with stats specifically, nevertheless colleagues resident in the
UK may be concerned to email their MP urging support for the following.
Early Day Motion tabled by Nick Harvey MP.
CLOSURE OF UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENTS 1:12:04
That this House deplores recent announcements made by leading universities that
they are to close (or freeze recruitment to) some departments because of funding
problems; notes that the universities of Durham, Swansea, Cambridge, King's
College London, Queen Mary and Westfield College London, Reading and Exeter are
each considering at least one major department closure; regrets that departments
awarded a Research Assessment Exercise 4 star rating receive less than half the
funding that 5 star rated departments receive; notes that some Exeter University
students part way through their degrees will have to complete their studies at
other universities or suffer a reduced standard of teaching as departments are
winding up; calls on the Government urgently to review the RAE star rating
system and its impact on funding; and urges the Government to take practical
steps to ensure that students whose departments are closed part way through
their degree course do not suffer.
will usually get an email address for your MP. The House of Commons returns on
Monday 10 January.
Robert G. Newcombe PhD CStat FFPH
Reader in Medical Statistics
Wales College of Medicine
Cardiff CF14 4XN
Phone 029 2074 2329
Fax 029 2074 2898