House of Lords champions researchers' causeBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7005.588a (Published 02 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:588
- JOHN WARDEN, parliamentary correspondent
A new deal for the 20000 researchers in Britain who work on contracts has been advocated by the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology. Describing them as a “scientific underclass,” the lords said that contract staff should have the same status and rights as the permanent academic staff in universities, better management of their careers, and funding to bridge the gaps between contracts.
The inquiry reflects concern about the rapid increase in non-tenured staff …