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
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
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
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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