Published: 20/12/2001, Volume III, No.5786 Page 22

We were cited as a university department 'facing uncertainty' because of changes in research and development funding.

(News, page 10, 6 December).

Not a bit of it. We do not have regional R&D money, so will be unaffected. We would not be appointing two high-flying researchers (Kieran Walshe and Ruth Young) if we were struggling. If your anonymous academic would like to visit us they will find a department buzzing with activity and an enthusiastic group of staff.

Professor Joan Higgins Director The Manchester Centre for Healthcare Management