Russell Group responds to new department for science, innovation and technology

07 February 2023

In response to the creation of a dedicated department for science, innovation and technology, Dr Tim Bradshaw, Chief Executive of the Russell Group, said:

"The decision to create a dedicated department for science, innovation and technology recognises the value of our sector and its importance to growing the economy, creating jobs, and solving major challenges such as energy security, inequalities and net zero.

"We hope the new Secretary of State will take the opportunity provided by the Spring Budget to back the development of more innovation clusters to create jobs and investment across the UK, built around the talent and research of our world-leading universities.

"Global research collaboration will also be high on their list of priorities and we hope they will continue to push for the UK’s association to Horizon Europe and work with the sector to ensure the funding set aside for this or alternative schemes delivers the biggest impact for the UK."


Ahead of the Spring Budget the Russell Group has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer setting out proposals to help drive the innovation needed to support growth, productivity and jobs, as well as solve major challenges like net zero. You can read the submission here.


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