Imperial College professor Stefan Grimm found dead after cash row | Daily Mail Online

This is a must-read article from the Daily Mail. Check it out!

via Imperial College professor Stefan Grimm found dead after cash row | Daily Mail Online.

This tragic story highlights the dark-side of academia. With David Cameron‘s record austerity drive, the pressure is on academic institutions to bring in research funds and foreign students to compensate for cuts in public funding.

What this story highlights is that leading universities are run like large private businesses, with ruthless leaders who are focused on their own success and reputations. Here is a story of professional harassment to the point of suicide.

Sadly, the scientist who committed suicide specialized in cancer, where the UK record of treatment success lags other advanced countries.

Let me ask an open question:

Is it appropriate to break up universities, like Imperial College into separate teaching and research establishments?

Thoughts?

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