Benefactors are us

June 4, 2004

So, universities should look to alumni to address underfunding ("Task force sees merit in drive to tap alumni", May 14). Most of my colleagues support their institutions by working 15 hours a week over contractual requirements in the run-up to the next research assessment exercise. As this is usually without additional payment, does it count as an endowment?

James S. Griffiths
Plymouth University

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