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Tuesday, November 26, 2002

A House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee report has accused the UK's universities of failing the research workforce and the UK's science base because they employ too many researchers on short-term contracts

Universities UK took issue with parts of a report by the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee, which downplay the financial problems underlying the high proportion of contract staff in some universities and labelled the report "unhelpful".

Less defensively Save British Science urged the creation of a sustainable career structure for young scientists and produced a most convincing and detailed report outlining why it was in the interests of the country as well as those conducting research to make science a more attractive and sustainable career .