Select Committee on Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Written Evidence

Memorandum 35

Submission from Professor A D Aylward, Head, Atmospheric Physics Laboratory, University College London

  I have been hearing some strange statements to the Committee that effectively try to pretend there was very little effect this grant round.

  Coming from a group that had 50% cuts between original grant committee allocation and post CSR cuts —and knowing at least two other universities where that was also the case, I find these statements difficult to reconcile with experience.

  The grants committee—the AGP in STFC—had a list prior to the cuts of the grants that were going to be awarded in December 2007 (we know because when we were sent our grant announcement they sent both the pre-CSR award and the post-CSR award figures—we were cut 75% and we know others who were cut worse).

  It would be interesting reading to find out overall what the REAL result of the CSR cuts was on grant announcements.

  Mike Cruise from Birmingham was the Chair of the AGP during this process. Could he be asked to release both lists?

  It might be interesting to see STFC explain the lists in light of the comments they have previously made to your Select Committe—and indeed statements that have been made on the floor of the House.

February 2008

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