Academic staff call on Ottawa to boost research funding, improve access to education

OTTAWA, Nov. 24, 2011 /CNW/ - Professors, librarians, researchers and general staff from across Canada are meeting today with members of Parliament to call for a pan-Canadian strategy to boost basic research and improve the accessibility and quality of post-secondary education.

The annual lobby, organized by the Canadian Association of University Teachers, brings together nearly 100 representatives from colleges and universities.

CAUT president Wayne Peters says they will be asking MPs to boost funding for peer-reviewed basic research, increase federal transfers, and improve access to post-secondary education by expanding grants and fully funding all qualified Aboriginal students.

"Basic research needs to be supported across all disciplines to support the long-term economic, social and cultural development of Canada," says CAUT President Wayne Peters, "Members of Parliament need to work with academic staff in their regions to protect high quality and accessible education".

When adjusted for inflation and population growth, federal transfers to post-secondary education are about $400 million lower than in 1992, and research funding to the granting councils has flattened in recent years.

The Canadian Association of University Teachers unites 66,000 academic staff from over 120 associations across Canada.

SOURCE Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)

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Contact and to arrange interviews: Angela Regnier, communications officer, regnier@caut.ca, (o) 613-726-5186 (c) 613-601-6304

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