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Next science minister urged to keep steady course

Continuity needed in government policy on universities after more ministerial changes

Pushing forward plans to increase investment in research while maintaining close links with EU collaborators must be top priorities for the incoming science minister, observers say.

Chris Skidmore, who was sacked for a second time in the cabinet reshuffle on 13 February, had been a strong proponent of the government’s plan to increase public spending on R&D to £18 billion by 2024—with the longer-term target of boosting spending to reach 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. 

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