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STFC Vision

The STFC's Vision (PDF - 4846kB - link opens in a new window) will guide its future investments in world leading science and technology for the United Kingdom.

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Vision document
(pdf - 4847 Kb)

The Vision has been developed following extensive consultation on STFC’s strategy and contains commitments from the Council about how it will work in addition to a simple message about what STFC will achieve.

STFC Chief Executive Professor Keith Mason explains “Our Vision is to maximise the impact of our knowledge, skills, facilities and resources for the benefit of the United Kingdom and its people.”

The Vision also identifies the highest priority science and technology projects, and world class research facilities that STFC will be taking forwards for the UK.

The Impact of STFC’s programme takes many forms, and the Vision outlines how STFC will deliver impact in critical areas for the economy and society.

STFC supports world leading research that is both curiosity-driven and application-led. The challenges of the 21st century are long term, and require a scientific and technically trained workforce. It is critical to attract young people into these areas. STFC’s curiosity led research, such as astronomy and particle physics, play a central role in doing so. Of the PhD students who train in this sector, only 20-30% will remain in the profession; the others become part of the skilled labour market of the UK, in demand with employers in a wide range of sectors.

Key challenges facing global society require breakthroughs in science and technology, often relying on large scale infrastructures such as those provided by STFC. Four areas have been identified where STFC, by providing access to world leading facilities and technology, will make a central contribution to addressing the major challenges facing the country in Energy; Climate and the environment; Biomedical research; and Security.

Solutions to these 21st century problems require a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach. Our national facilities must become focal points for collaboration and innovation between Research Councils, Universities, National Laboratories and Industry to create centres of internationally competitive critical mass. STFC is therefore developing the laboratory sites at Daresbury and Harwell as National Science and Innovation Campuses. They will combine our skills and facilities with the knowledge of higher education institutions and support from the private sector. Together we will deliver a new model of collaborative science and technology programmes across a wide range of disciplines and sectors.

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