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  • Global challenges: don’t forget the fungi!

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    A theme woven through my second week as interim CE has been the opportunity that the Global Challenges Research Fund, announced by the Government in the Spending Review in November 2015 and confirmed in our allocations last week, brings to the bioscience research and innovation community.

    The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) seeks to leverage the excellence of the UK’s research base to tackle problems faced by developing countries, from health and agriculture, through to energy and conflict resolution, challenges which very much align with UN sustainable development goals […]

  • First impressions, motivation and allocations

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    In stepping into the role of interim Chief Executive of BBSRC I have been quite overwhelmed by messages of support and have been reassured by many words of encouragement. When I joined BBSRC as Director of Science in October 2012 (initially on secondment from the University of Bath) I didn’t imagine I would eventually be leading the organisation. Such opportunities don’t arise very often and at this particular juncture, as we enter a period of change, it is essential for bioscience to have a strong voice. […]

  • With some sadness…my final blog for BBSRC

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    It is with some sadness that I write this, my last blog before leaving BBSRC. I have very much enjoyed the opportunity to communicate in this way although I must confess that I find it odd that some people have been surprised to find I write it myself. I do have to acknowledge that Matt Goode, head of our External Relations team, has always sanity checked it for factual accuracy, missing links and other potential errors and usually adds a whizzy title – so thanks Matt! But the words and content have been mine as I wanted to use this blog to give an insight into BBSRC thinking and the role of Chief Executive. […]

  • My penultimate blog – equality and diversity

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    This is my penultimate blog and it is timely to focus on the issue of diversity and inclusion for one last time. Hilary Reynolds, Executive Director of RCUK, and Andrew Thompson, interim CE of AHRC, will be jointly taking on the role of Equality and Diversity (E&D) Champion for the RCs when I leave so I am sure that the RCUK action plan, agreed by the CEs of the Research Councils and endorsed by the Minister for Universities and Science, is in safe hands. The plan will be officially launched in the coming months and will be at the centre of an event in May but much of what it contains is already being actioned within individual Research Councils. […]