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The name of the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology “screams lab coats and test tubes” and should be changed to make it more inclusive for researchers working in the humanities and social sciences, a former government adviser has suggested. Diana Beech, who advised three universities and science ministers and is currently head of the London Higher group of universities, told Research Professional News that if the next government wants to be “serious about building an innovation nation built on our interdisciplinary strengths”, it needs to adopt a more inclusive approach that “explicitly acknowledges the contribution of the UK’s world-leading creative arts, humanities and social science institutions to our research excellence”.

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