Of course the first issue is the £345k for next financial year but without grant funding, this will be higher in following years – so a sustainable model needs to be developed.

We agree, and our aim is to secure alternative sponsorship for the Genetics Centre that will provide a more stable footing moving forwards. However, as we have experienced, even long term support can end, as the strategies and funding priorities of institutions change over time. So we truly believe that the continued support of our grass root stakeholders will be crucial for the long term stability of our research group.