10 March 2008 – STFC Programmatic Review and UKIRT Semesters 08A & 08B
NOTE: The contents of this page have been superseded by a note from the Director JAC and Chair, UKIRT Board, issued on 10-Mar-2008:
STFC has today (3-Mar-2008) issued the outcome of its 2008 Programmatic Review, which now enters a consultation period. The document suggests that STFC plans to switch UKIRT to a “survey-only” mode as soon as possible after April 2008. The UKIRT Board will meet urgently to discuss this. At present, UKIRT users should assume that the situation for Semesters 08A and 08B remains as follows:
Scheduling of this semester was completed in December and January. Until further notice, users should assume that the Cassegrain block which is scheduled to begin in late June will remain in place.
The Call for Proposals for 08B, issued on the 15th February, included availability of Cassegrain instruments for August 2008, December 2008 and January 2009. Again until further notice, users should assume that this remains the case. We will of course attempt to clarify this situation ahead of the proposal deadline on 15-Mar.