07242017

UK research chief ‘will not direct science’

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Prof Sir Mark Walport (second left) is seen visiting a school in Liverpool that specialises in science and healthcare. He is arguably now the most powerful man in British science

Britain’s new research chief has said that he won’t centrally direct scientific research.

Prof Sir Mark Walport will be responsible for all public research spending in Britain next year.

In an exclusive interview with BBC News, Prof Walport said that he wants to be a “powerful voice for science” in dealing with government.

In the first interview in his new role, he sets out his vision for the new research agency he heads.

Currently, UK research is funded by nine separate organisations. Each body specialises in specific fields, such as environmental research, the physical science and the biosciences.

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