In what follows I am keen not to name names and point out that these comments are not aimed particularly at The University of Manchester.
There has been a lot of speculation about what is going to happen to the UK research budget in coming months. Regardless of who gets in after the election it looks like we're in for cuts, it's really about the magnitude of these.
I've been thinking a lot about ways of getting extra money into research (see other funding posts). One that particularly strikes me at the moment is that there are a lot of PIs who can only be described as utter shite.