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Report of the Research Councils UK launch event


The successful launch of Research Councils UK (RCUK) took place on 1 May 2002 and was attended by over 150 people. At the launch, Dr John Taylor, Director General of the Research Councils and Chairman of RCUK outlined the role of this new body. His presentation was followed by an address from Ms Patricia Hewitt, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on broader UK science issues.

Dr John Taylor, Director General of the Research Councils. Click to zoom.  

Dr Taylor explained that RCUK was a new joint venture which was about the Research Councils and OST working together for the benefit of UK science. He said that RCUK was expected to add value in three key areas: defining the strategy for the science budget; providing a single voice and single portal to and from the Research Councils' community; and enabling convergence between the Councils to produce more efficient and effective interfaces, processes and infrastructures.


Ms Patricia Hewitt's address stressed the importance of science, engineering and technology (SET) in achieving commercial and economic success together with its much broader role within government and across society. She cited government activities to promote innovation (eg tax credits) and the huge challenge of engaging and informing the public. Ms Hewitt outlined UK science's record of world class achievement adding that:

  Ms Patricia Hewitt, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. Click to zoom.

'with RCUK you will be able to work together even more effectively'

Ms Hewitt concluded by saying that she looked forward with pleasure to working with OST, the Research Councils and the SET community as:

'we continue to keep British science amongst the best in the world'

Read the press release which announced the launch.

The RCUK launch followed the annual Research Councils Council Members conference. The conference was addressed by Lord Sainsbury, Minister for Science and Innovation, and was chaired by Dr Taylor. Discussion focused on three key areas of importance: science strategy, knowledge transfer and international issues. Mr Robin Young, Permanent Secretary for the Department of Trade and Industry attended the summary session and commented on the day’s findings. RCUK will consider the conference outputs as it undertakes business in these areas over the forthcoming months.

Left to right:  Dr John Taylor, Director General of the Research Councils and Chairman of RCUK; Ms Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry; Lord Sainsbury, Minister for Science and Innovation. Click to zoom.       Over 150 people attended the launch, together with Members from both Houses of Parliament were representatives from the universities, industry, the research councils, government departments, charities and learned societies. Click to zoom.
         

Left to right: Dr John Taylor, Director General of the Research Councils and Chairman of RCUK; Ms Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry; Lord Sainsbury, Minister for Science and Innovation.

     

Over 150 people attended the launch, together with Members from both Houses of Parliament were representatives from the universities, industry, the research councils, government departments, charities and learned societies.

  

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