`Double pay’ call to boost R&D

Engineering and science researchers are paid too little `and too uniformly’, Cambridge University vice-chancellor Sir Alec Broers said on Tuesday. Speaking at a meeting of the Associate Parliamentary Engineering Group, Broers, an electrical engineer by training, said there was a fallacy in research and technological progress that `salaries are not important and money corrupts’. On […]

Engineering and science researchers are paid too little `and too uniformly’, Cambridge University vice-chancellor Sir Alec Broers said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a meeting of the Associate Parliamentary Engineering Group, Broers, an electrical engineer by training, said there was a fallacy in research and technological progress that `salaries are not important and money corrupts’. On the contrary, he said, `the money we earn is a reflection of the importance society places upon what we do’.

He said pay levels were a significant factor in creating successful high-technology `clusters’, where academic and industry research are brought together to spin off firms that capitalise on research. Academics need to be world class, Broers said, `meaning that they have to be paid at least twice the current average salary levels’.