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Independent advisers resign over UKRI funding cuts

Members of advisory group for international development research ‘deeply embarrassed’ at damage to overseas partnerships

Six researchers have resigned from a UK Research and Innovation advisory group in protest at deep government cuts to research funded through international aid money.

In a letter of resignation sent to government funding agency UKRI on 15 March, the co-chairs of the advisory group to the Arts and Humanities Research Council said they “cannot be associated with or placed in a position of responsibility” in relation to the government’s decision to cut research funding, and that they were “deeply embarrassed…at the blatant disregard of our relationships with overseas partners”.

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