Select Committee on Science and Technology Third Report


Appendix 8

Questionnaire circulated regarding resources spent on systematic biology

Name:

 

Organisation:

 

Telephone No:

 

 

Expenditure on Systematic Biology (excluding teaching)

Q1  What was your total expenditure on systematic biology (including research, curation and the provision of information services) in 1995 and 2000?

 

  000 historic prices

(i.e. cash of the year in question)

 

1995

2000

Total expenditure

   

If you are unable to provide detailed information for the earlier years please indicate the general trend in the level of your expenditure i.e. whether it has increased, decreased or remained constant, in real terms.

 

Q2  What proportions (%) of this total were devoted to:

 

1995 (%)

2000 (%)

a. Research

   

b. Curation

   

c. The provision of information services *

   

d. Other activities (please specify in broad terms)

   

* If separable from research and curation

Q3  What proportions (%) of your total expenditure on systematic biology research in 2(a) above were spent on:

 

1995 (%)

2000 (%)

a. Salaries

   

b. Equipment

   

c. General overheads

   

d. Other activities (please specify in broad terms)

   

 

 

 

Source of funds for systematic biology research

Q4  What are the main sources of funding for your research in systematic biology?

 

000 historic prices

(i.e. cash of the year in question)

 

1995

2000

a. Core funding *

   

b. Research Councils

   

c. Government Departments

   

d. Commercial organisations

   

e. Self-generated income

   

f. Other (please specify)

   

* e.g. for universities UFC + fee income; for museums core grant.

 

Manpower engaged in systematic biology (excluding teaching)

Q5  What was your total manpower engaged in systematic biology (including research, curation and the provision of information services) in 1995 and 2000? Please include research assistants, post-doctoral workers etc but exclude research students:

 

Number (man years)

 

1995

2000

Total manpower employed

   

If staff were involved in performing other duties please estimate the proportion of their time devoted to each activity and express the time spent on systematic biology in terms of man years or fraction thereof.

Q6  What proportions (%) of this manpower were devoted to:

 

1995 (%)

2000 (%)

a. Research

   

b. Curation

   

c. The provision of information services *

   

d. Other activities (please specify in broad terms)

   

* If separable from research and curation.

Q7  What proportions (%) of the research manpower in 6(a) above were:

 

1995 (%)

2000 (%)

a. Permanently employed

   

b. Employed on fixed term contracts

   

 

 

Teaching of systematic biology

Q8  How many of your staff (including research assistants and post-doctoral workers, but excluding research students) were systematists and how many were actively engaged in teaching courses or supervising higher degrees in systematic biology?

 

Number (man years)

 

1995

2000

a. Number of systematists

   

b. Number involved in teaching

   

c. Number involved in supervising research students

   

If staff were involved in performing several different activities please estimate the proportion of their time devoted to each activity and express as man years or fraction thereof.

 

Q9  What proportion (%) of the time of your undergraduate students reading for degrees in biological sciences was spent in courses (or parts of courses) which deal wholly or largely with systematic biology?

 

1995 (%)

2000 (%)

Proportion of time devoted to systematics

   

 

Q10  How many postgraduate research students were studying systematic biology in your organisation in 1995?

 

1995

2000

Number of postgraduate research students

   

 

Q11  What was the age distribution of your staff teaching systematic biology in 1995 and 2000?

 

Number of teaching staff

 

1995

2000

a. 35 and under

   

b. 36-45

   

c. 46-55

   

d. 56-65

   

e. 65 and over

   

 


 
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