Select committee slams science community contracts straitjacket

Universities
are stifling researchers and the UK scientific community by employing too many
staff on short-term contracts.

New
research presented in a report from the cross-party House of Commons Science
and Technology Select Committee shows that more than 40,000 researchers in the
UK’s universities are employed on short-term contracts, some as short as one
month.

In
university science and technology departments, around half of all researchers
are on short-term contracts.

The
report says contract workers are taken for granted and badly treated:

"The
universities are under funded, but that is not an excuse for poor
management."

By Quentin Reade

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