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Royal Institution’s chief quits

Sarah Harper, chief executive of the Royal Institution, has stepped down after only five months in the job.

The institution’s board of trustees announced that Harper, a former BBC reporter and professor of gerontology at the University of Oxford, had left the organisation in a statement sent to Research Fortnight on 5 September.

Harper succeeded Chris Rofe in April and some of her early media appearances calling for scientific evidence to be better embedded into policymaking were warmly welcomed by researchers. Many were hopeful that her arrival would open a fresh, more optimistic period at the organisation after years of financial turmoil. 

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