In June 2007 the Government created the new Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). The new Department will deliver the Government’s long-term vision to make Britain one of the best places in the world for science, research and innovation. It will ensure that the UK has the skilled workforce it needs to compete in the global economy.
This new Department brings together functions of the Office of Science and Innovation from the former Department of Trade and Industry with further and higher education and skills, previously part of the Department for Education and Skills.
The Department will bring together the nation’s strengths in science, research, universities and colleges to build a dynamic, knowledge-based economy. It will lead the Government's work to deliver its long term vision to make Britain one of the best places in the world for science, research and innovation.
The Department will work closely with the new Departments for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) as well as other key Departments – including CLG and DCMS to ensure the wider personal, community and cultural benefits of education and science are supported.