Scottish universities could face a brain drain of some of their finest scientists if the country votes for independence, a number of leading academics fear.
Crossgate in Durham is used to invasions. In 1346 the Scots army poured across the border hoping to catch the English napping as they prepared to battle the old foe France, while in industrial times a towering viaduct was driven through the area, bringing with it the thundering trains of the east coast mainline.
Grant will fund new Stephen Hawking professorship at Cambridge University – but academics fear culture of ‘greed and vanity’ as post will carry a bonus of up to £67,000 a year
Accepting a multimillion- pound grant to create a professorship in honour of Stephen Hawking would seem an easy decision. Yet some of the finest minds in Britain have become embroiled in an unseemly spat over whether it is fair to allow one Cambridge University academic to be paid more than colleagues – amid concerns that the others could be consumed by “greed and vanity”.