BBSRC Chief Executive's blog

News from our Chief Executive, Professor Melanie Welham

  • With some sadness…my final blog for BBSRC

    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

    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. […]

  • Looking back – building the bioeconomy

    Jackie Hunter

    Over the next few weeks, until I leave BBSRC at the end of the month, I want to focus on some of the areas of the BBSRC portfolio activities which I think have been particularly important in terms of our deliverables over the last two and half years.

    BBSRC’s spending review preparations have focused very much on our role in building the bioeconomy and in driving the argument for a Bioeconomy Strategy for the UK. […]

  • Vaccinology and reproducibility

    Jackie Hunter

    Well a bit of a shock to the system to be back at work but it certainly beats squelching around in a very wet and muddy garden.

    Our beagle had another fit at the weekend which continues to remind me of the importance of the One Health agenda. I was talking at the inaugural meeting of the Veterinary Vaccinology Network in Manchester last week on the subject of open innovation and its potential for veterinary vaccinology. […]