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UKRI strategy director to step down

The director of strategy at UK Research and Innovation Rebecca Endean is to leave her role in spring 2019, Research Fortnight has learned.

Endean’s departure was announced to staff on 5 December. She is the second most senior figure at UKRI after its chief executive Mark Walport.

A spokesman for the umbrella funding agency confirmed Endean’s departure, and said she was leaving “to take a long-planned year off to travel with her partner”. He said Endean had decided to announce her departure early to allow a managed transition period and the process of selecting a replacement was underway.

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