The newly appointed chair of the new public body UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Sir Mark Walport,
In the wake of the recent amendments to the HE Bill, Sir Mark Walport has released a statement saying:
“I am delighted and honoured to serve as the chief executive designate of UK Research and Innovation. Subject to the passage of the Higher Education and Research Bill through Parliament, UKRI will enable a more strategic approach to one of this country’s greatest national assets.”
“My task is to work with all stakeholders to ensure that UKRI becomes the best agency in the world for the public funding of research and innovation.”
“Overall, I believe that these amendments recognise the importance of pluralism and flexibility in our research and innovation system. Together, we are taking the necessary steps now to underpin continued success in a fast-changing world.”
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