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Next UKRI chief to start role amid pressure on funding

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Ottoline Leyser promises research system that ‘works for all’ against backdrop of Covid-19 pressures

The news that Ottoline Leyser will shortly become the chief executive of the country’s national research funder has been widely and warmly welcomed by sector leaders familiar with her eminence in research and science policy.

The plant geneticist—currently director of the Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge and a member of the Royal Society’s science policy committee—will become the second ever head of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) at the end of June when she takes over from Mark Walport. She has promised to “ensure that the UK’s superb research and innovation system continues to work for everyone”.

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