In brief 2

December 20, 2002

Contract research staff are not the only university employees to benefit from the removal of fixed-term contracts ("Surrey contract staff win job security", THES, December 6). Loughborough University and trade unions agreed a deal three years ago that moved 390 employees from fixed-term to open-ended contracts. We are about to transfer about 100 core employees in our research institutes onto the same.

Neil Halliwell
Pro vice-chancellor (research)
Loughborough University

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