I attended (briefly) my last Appointments Board. One of the – fortunately electronic – papers had no fewer than 1,223 pages, which might well be taken as illustrative of the hard work of our Appointments Board, and the care with which potential candidates for our Boards and Committees are appointed. I also enjoyed a very useful discussion of how responsible capitalism can drive the real (as opposed to funny-money-based) economy.
However, the main external visit of last week, accompanied by RCUK Chair and AHRC Chief Executive Rick Rylance and my successor Prof Jackie Hunter, was to the Norwich Research Park. As well as visiting the three Institutes there that enjoy BBSRC’s strategic support, we toured the new Centrum building that is presently going up. From its roof, it became clear quite how large an operation this is! There is a great deal of difference between looking at a plan with Monopoly-sized houses on it and seeing a landscape that for as far as one can see will come to be populated by substantial incubators and fully fledged businesses. The potential is simply huge! [...]