Monday, November 20, 2006
It's been confirmed today that the Physics department at Reading University is going to be closed by 2010. This is the latest high profile closure of a university science department. The main problems being lack of students, which means that you don't money. Hopefully this'll be the last time we hear of such closures. Tony Blair recently described how science is essential for the British economy, so hopefully the government will try to reverse this decline in science take up and lack of funding (£75 million has been promised) - not just at university, but at school. I think we who work at universities have some responsibility to try and enthuse young people to continue to study sciences after school, especially due to the lack of us wanting to be school teachers.