You may be alarmed to hear that the future of research into astronomy here in the UK is under threat owing to recent announcements by the government. In particular the Science & Technology Facilities Council, the research council that funds astronomy research in the UK, has undergone dramatic developments.
“The reasons for the cuts aren?t officially clear. There are several factors at work, but among them is the need to bear the costs for new facilities being provided at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), in particular the Diamond Light source. Previously this would have had nothing to do with the astronomy budget, but everything changed with the creation of STFC this year. Astronomy is now being hit. World class telescopes and facilities are facing closure. University physics departments will suffer huge cuts.”
Please consider signing the petition to the Prime Minister to reverse the decision to cut vital UK contributions to Particle Physics and Astronomy at petitions.pm.gov.uk/Physics-Funding.