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New Scientist: UK visa scheme for prize-winning scientists receives no applications newscientist.com/article/22984

There are over 70 awards that qualify academics for the fast-track Global Talent visa scheme, launched in May. New Scientist's FOI request revealed literally no one applied. Scientists approached for the article were like "this is a joke, literally who would want to come here"

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@nev please remember while enjoying your schadenfreude about problems here, that this is a country and people live here 😊

enjoy yourself though! 💕

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@ak I'm very sorry for coming off as callous—the schadenfreude is for the UK government's failure, not the people. I think it's a good sign that the government hasn't been able to whitewash the appalling state of higher ed under their watch.

Ideally they would get the message that they need to improve the system and offer actual incentives to attract international talent, but I am very doubtful they can learn from their mistakes.

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@nev Britain: Leading the way with a research programme to find out just *how big* a foot one can fit in their own mouth.

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@nev Wowsers.

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@nev Holy cow! I'm rarely surprised by my government these days, but, reading this... was a moment. 🙈
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