Funding Science

Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to be working with one of our students, Amy Zhang, on her eMBA extended essay, which is focussing on innovation in the UK (with a view to contrasting it, ultimately, with the analogous frameworks for innovation in China), with a special emphasis on Cambridge, and relations between the university and business.

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Britain has a proud history of scientific and technological research and development, and a somewhat more chequered history when it comes to the latter stages of the product development cycles (commercial realisation, for example). But even those earlier stages are now under threat from the altered mindset of government, following the crash of 2008.

In his Faraday Lecture of 2013, Professor Brain Cox of Manchester Univesity, a particle physicist associated with the Cerne particle accelerator and the search for the Higgs-Boson, among other things, talks about this crisis in funding.

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