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Womersley calls for coherent capital investment

The UK’s research facilities need a more coherent approach to capital investment and a less complex funding landscape, John Womersley, chief executive of the Science and Technology Facilities Council, has said.

Womersley was speaking at a Westminster Higher Education Forum seminar on the future of UK research facilities on 9 December. He said that, while the Nurse review of the research councils focused on the work of universities, and the Dowling review looked at the innovation landscape, there had been no large-scale investigation of research facilities in the UK.

“The UK has had a divided, not optimally coordinated series of investments in big national research facilities, because they originated from different government departments or in combination with private sources,” Womersley said. “If we invest in a disjointed way, we will not get the most out of our investment.”

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