1992: 363 (RAE input data)
1998: 386 (RAS survey data)
2001: 450 (SCAP Survey data from Mike Bode)
2003: 484 (PPARC studentship quota exercise)
2005: 524 (PPARC studentship quota exercise)
2007: 545 (STFC studentship quota exercise)
STFC 2007/08 Delivery Plan includes:
`priority will be on the
of the Gemini and ESO
telescopes'. Aug 07
STFC Press statement includes: `[STFC] is planning to withdraw from the Gemini Observatory.. we have informed our partners of our intent [to withdraw]' (see also Gemini Board statement) 15 Nov 07
STFC 2008-2011 Delivery Plan includes `.. withdraw from future investment in Gemini but retain access to Gemini North' 11 Dec 07
IUS committee inquiry Evidence Session testimony from Keith Mason on 21 Jan 08 includes the following `We are being straight with our international partners. We have notified them of our intention to try to negotiate a withdrawal from the Gemini programme'
STFC press statement includes: `we will not be able to continue to fund our membership of the Gemini Partnership. We will therefore be taking steps to issue formal notice to withdraw '. (see also Gemini Board statement ) 25 Jan 08
STFC News from Council includes: `It [Council] confirmed its intention to negotiate a reduction in its investment in Gemini' 6 Feb 08
Gemini Board statement includes: `Gemini Observatory have been asked to reinstate the 2008A UK observing time allocation' 11 Feb 08
IUS committee inquiry evidence session testimony from Keith Mason on 27 Feb 08 includes the following ` there was a misinterpretation by the Gemini Board who thought we were withdrawing immediately, which was not our intention'
STFC Press Release includes: `STFC has reaffirmed UK's position as a full member of the [Gemini] Partnership under the terms of the current Gemini Agreement'. 27 Feb 08
`I know the agreement -simply put, the association of ESO and GTC as presented in the UK, as "ESO (including GTC)" is grossly misleading. A specific amount of GTC service time is being made available for a very small number (2-4) of large collaborative projects. GTC access is not available for UK astronomers.'