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Slashing research funding is a blow to Global Britain

first_imgSlashing research funding is a blow to Global Britain The Government will do long-term damage if it reduces support for the UK’s university research baseThe Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the power of publicly-funded research in tackling the biggest global health crisis of the past century. The strength of the response by universities has underlined the country’s genuine claim to be a global research superpower delivering real-world benefits to society. That is why, like the Government, we are committed to leveraging that advantage and growing a “Global Britain”, and to a country which is levelled-up. Universities are powerful allies in helping to deliver these goals.That said, the scale, immediacy and impact of the announced and potential cuts to UK research budgets, amounting to over £1 billion, will undermine years of investment in our universities and put our research base at risk, not to mention our international reputation. Indeed, there is a real likelihood of the Government’s claims of “Global Britain” ringing hollow.Within the UK, no other sector of the economy can claim to have five of the top 20 institutions in the world. This bench-strength has not come about by accident, but from sustained funding, support and investment. Universities have shown we can and do deliver for society and the economy, but we can’t and we won’t if we are subject to swingeing cuts to research budgets.The first cut was announced in the Budget with the reduction of the international development budget. The consequence is a £120 million cut to research programmes, representing 40 to 60 per cent of development-funded research activity, with serious real-world effects. Researchers will have to stop programmes in developing countries aimed at tackling malaria and infectious diseases with pandemic potential, enhancing food security, reducing violence towards children, improving maternal health, and building renewable energy sources. This work does not just benefit the developing world but all of us.Like other universities, we were delighted that the Government secured Associate Status to the EU’s Horizon programme. Now we learn that there is a real threat to the Government’s commitment to fund the cost of being part of the programme. The cost of participation in Horizon may be taken from the UK Research and Innovation budget. If UKRI, the Government body responsible for awarding research grants, is left with a shortfall of £1 billion, the consequences for British science and innovation will be nothing short of calamitous.The work of our outstanding researchers, much of it funded by UKRI, has put the UK into a position of international competitiveness in key areas, including quantum computation that offers the promise of accelerated materials and drug discovery; low carbon technologies to support the Government’s binding pledge to net zero carbon; and a new generation of antibiotics to meet accelerating global anti-microbial resistance. Universities UK, the body which represents all higher education institutions, has also estimated that a cut of this scale could jeopardise 18,000 researchers’ jobs.World-leading research cannot just be turned on and off like a tap. Once our highly trained young researchers leave our universities they will not come back, and once they leave the country they will not return. We appreciate that the Treasury faces enormously difficult choices but we would plead with them not to do long term economic damage by cutting support for our research base. We know that every £1 invested in university research generates further private sector investment of £1.60, creating the jobs, products and services that drive growth.We are calling on Government not to renege on its commitments to spend 2.4 per cent of GNP on R&D by 2027 and to support publicly funded research. In particular we are calling on the Government not to fund participation in Horizon Europe by raiding the budgets of UKRI. Our research universities, together with UKRI, other funders and business, have created a national research and innovation system that is the envy of the world. Our R&D activity can be one of the best routes to “building back better” from the economic ravages wrought by the pandemic, and with Government support, we can be at the centre of that great national effort.By Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, and Stephen J Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of CambridgeThis article appeared in the Daily Telegraph on 19 March 2021 /University Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). 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Watch: Pure rugby passion from Fiji youngsters

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Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago to sign Energy MOU

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DARPA Aiming to Enable Collaborative Autonomy for Unmanned Aerial Systems through CODE Program

first_imgTo date, the program has conducted Phase 2 flight test series with teams led by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon validating the software open architecture and test-support framework. The teams completed numerous flight tests at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California. The tests flew RQ-23 Tigershark UASs modified with CODE hardware and software to control flight direction, altitude, speed, and sensors.The test flights exceeded their objectives to stand up the infrastructure, and showed promising progress toward the future collaborative autonomy capabilities CODE envisions. In Phase 3, DARPA anticipates further expanding of CODE capabilities by testing greater numbers of aircraft and highly autonomous behaviors in more complex scenarios. DARPA’s Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE) program is now aiming to update the U.S. military’s existing unmanned aircraft systems to conduct dynamic, long-distance engagements of highly mobile ground and maritime targets in contested or denied battle spaces. Multiple CODE-equipped unmanned aircrafts would navigate to their destinations and find, track, identify, and engage targets under established rules of engagement – all under the supervision of a single human mission commander.DARPA has selected Raytheon to complete the development of the CODE software during Phase 3. Once fully demonstrated, CODE’s scalable capabilities could greatly enhance the survivability, flexibility, and effectiveness of existing air platforms, as well as reduce the development times and costs of future systems. It is working to develop a low-cost approach to upgrade legacy unmanned aircraft and make them more effective through groundbreaking algorithms and software that enable them to work together with minimal supervision.last_img read more

Astana Pro Team win virtual Giro d’Italia

first_imgLast Updated: 10th May, 2020 07:49 IST Astana Pro Team Win Virtual Giro D’Italia Astana Pro Team duo Davide Martinelli and Manuele Boaro won the virtual Giro d’Italia on Saturday, finishing fourth in the seventh and final stage of the race to stay clear of Jumbo-Visma pair Primoz Roglic and Tobias Foss at the top of the general classification COMMENT LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News center_img Astana Pro Team duo Davide Martinelli and Manuele Boaro won the virtual Giro d’Italia on Saturday, finishing fourth in the seventh and final stage of the race to stay clear of Jumbo-Visma pair Primoz Roglic and Tobias Foss at the top of the general classification.Filippo Ganna and Jonathan Milan, representing the Italian national team, won the stage – a 15.7-kilometre virtual trek from Cernusco sul Naviglio to Milan – in a combined time of 47 minutes and 50 seconds.Individual pursuit world record holder Ganna completed the stage in a leading mark of 22 minutes and 31 seconds.Vini Zab-KTM pairing Simone Bevilacqua and Veljko Stojnic finished second on the stage, with Domen Novak and Grega Bole of Bahrain-McLaren third.Katia Ragusa and Liliana Moreno of Astana were stage winners in the women’s race, while Trek-Segafredo’s Ellen van Dijk and Letizia Paternoster finished in second place to secure the overall victory.The ‘real’ Giro d’Italia had been scheduled to get underway in Budapest on Saturday, but it will now be held from the 3rd to the 25th of October. First Published: 10th May, 2020 07:49 IST Written By FOLLOW USlast_img read more