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Vice-chancellor: UKRI cuts will lead to ‘immediate redundancies’


Nine hundred projects at risk, as thousands of academics urge government to abandon cuts

The government has been warned of the potential for “immediate redundancies” as a result of the cuts to research funded by international aid money, while two open letters opposing the cuts have racked up over 6,000 signatures.

In a 16 March letter, the vice-chancellor of Newcastle University, Chris Day, warned the Treasury that the termination of contracts for two major projects funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund would “lead to immediate redundancies in north-east England”.

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