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From uncertainty to austerity: scary times for UK research


Chaos at the top of government promises researchers several flavours of trouble, says John Whitfield

Does the rate at which the UK gets through prime ministers really matter to researchers’ work, beyond the productivity lost to gazing slack-jawed at the news?

Research policy can seem a long way from the bloodsport politics of Downing Street and the House of Commons. It doesn’t make many mass media headlines or sway elections, and it’s not an area of sharp ideological divides between the parties.

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