Thursday, February 07, 2008

Funding press release

Today the STFC gave this press release on the current status of their funding crisis (see here and here for a detailed break-down of the past few months events with regards to the UK astronomy and particle physics communities respectively) following the discussion at the council meeting at the end of January. There's not really much new information in the press release and more info on the councils priorities probably won't be known until the end of February. It does seem however that current levels of funding are going to be safe until the outcome of the Wakeham review (a "fundamental review of the strength and role of UK physics") are known. The STFC chief's Keith Mason and Peter Warry still can't help but put a positive spin on the crisis though, which was annoying to start with, but becomes more and more frustrating each time you hear it.