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Diversity of UKRI board welcomed

The UK government has put together a diverse board for UK Research and Innovation in terms of disciplines, but will face criticism for a shortage of representatives from the devolved administrations.

Science minister Jo Johnson announced the 13 members of the UKRI board on 28 September. It includes Leszek Borysiewicz, the outgoing vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge; former science minister David Willetts; and Mustafa Suleyman, the founder of the artificial intelligence firm DeepMind.

James Wilsdon, a professor of research policy at the University of Sheffield, told Research Fortnight that he was reassured by the range of expertise, disciplines and institutions represented by the board members.

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