The Russell Group responds to government concerns about research careers—but is it enough?
One of the tricks of university management is to be seen to be doing something in response to concerns even if you are not really doing anything at all. Whether you are a minister or a vice-chancellor, there are no sweeter words to hear than: “Leave this problem with me—I’ll deal with it.”
Science minister Amanda Solloway has set out her concerns about the working environment and culture in UK research. As she explained in a February interview with Sophie Inge for Research Professional News, it is an issue close to her heart: she cited her own personal experience in another job as the driving force for reform of research culture in our universities.