Among last week’s meetings, two concerned strategy. The first was one of the biannual meetings of our Strategy Advisory Board, where among other items we looked at a more proactive approach to International engagement. Science is a global enterprise, and international activities are an important part of our portfolio. Historically we have been perhaps slightly more reactive to opportunities than we might have been. However, since these activities can leverage considerable external resources, both intellectual and financial, it was time to recognize that we ought to become more strategic. A related item concerned our role in cohering strategic partnerships with and between our many stakeholders.
A second Strategic meeting was one of the quarterly Joint Strategy Group meetings between all the RCUK Chief Executives and Sir Adrian Smith, Director General of Knowledge and Innovation, and his team, where we were brought up to date with a variety of recent and upcoming happenings. [...]