What's Going On @ Wellesbourne?
Google Group for Staff & Scientists @ Wellesbourne
This page is aimed to help save the Warwick (HRI) Research station. I (Charlie Clutterbuck) can make alterations easily and can develop the site accordingly
WARWICK (HRI) Latest...
End of July
The University is now implementing the redundancy process for post doctoral scientists, technicians, farm staff and admin staff there are 180 people in addition to the academics, and most of these will be affected. Many of the research staff (technicians and post docs) are on indefinite contracts of employment but are funded through short term research grants won by the PIs. Redundancy for these research staff is based on the amount of grant funding they are assigned to as of April 2011, i.e. a snapshot of a longer term funding history. This shows that the whole redundancy exercise is based on cost cutting and has no strategic vision. It is not clear how many staff will be made redundant, however many are so demoralised that they want out. Staff who remain will be placed on short term contracts and paid pro rata according to the level of grant funding available at the time hence if a PI has a research project that employs 100% of a technician but, for example, is cut back by 20% due to government fiscal policy, then the technician gets 80% of their salary.
Crop Research Station
Warwick University is forming a Crop Research Centre to accommodate some of the research currently falling outside of life sciences. This is supported by many of the strategic/applied scientists. Originally planned with at least 8 PIs who had been made redundant, there was a lack of buy in so now it will only have 4 PIs. This will need more vision and support from surrounding staff. Please support the formation of the Crop research centre in any way.
Caroline Spelman becomes new Secretary of State for DEFRA . She is MP for Meriden which borders the new Kenilworth and Southam constituency (which now includes HRI/Wellesbourne) . Staff are trying to get a meeting with her. Jim Paice is the Minister. DEFRA have announced the abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board , SDC and RCEP
If you can influence any key characters, please do and let us know how we can help. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION (Left hand column). We hope the petiton becomes "a story" to attract more journalistic attention.