Physics Departments Closing

October 4, 2006

The Guardian reports that, since 2001, 30% of Physics departments in the UK have merged or been eliminated. The most recent casualty this week is at the University of Reading, which has decided to eliminate its Physics department by 2010 because the subject is “no longer viable” due to budgetary constraints. "Funding follows student numbers and so the future of Britain's science base rests on the university choices of sixth-formers.” (See http://education.guardian.co.uk/universitiesincrisis/story/0,,1884205,00.html )