Stephen Hawking on austerity cuts

"I wonder whether a young ambitious academic, with my kind of severe condition now, would find the same generosity and support in much of higher education. Even with the best goodwill, would the money still be there? I fear not.”

-Stephen Hawking, quoted in The Guardian

In Hawking's recent speech at the University of Cambridge,, the celebrated physicist expressed doubt that people with disabilities would be able to pursue the career in academia that he was able to enjoy. The last few years have seen a regime of austerity cuts that have made a research career increasingly difficult; on top of cuts to welfare and the levying of higher fees for universities, the landscape has changed significantly from when Hawking was starting out.