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expert reaction to news that Sir Patrick Vallance will step down as GCSA at the end of his 5 year post

It has been reported that Sir Patrick Vallance will be stepping down from his role as the government’s Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) in April at the end of his five-year term.


Professor Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Manchester, said:

“I had the privilege of serving on Patrick’s appointment committee for the important role of CSA. The decision to appoint him was immediate, enthusiastic and unanimous. I had the further privilege of working closely with him for a number of years as we co-chaired the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology. 

“Patrick has been a remarkable CSA. He has a vast grasp of science and innovation, a unique ability to see through complex problems and find solutions and an impressive way of taking people with him-including the science community, industry and politicians. 

“His job description didn’t include COVID but he managed this with his usual in depth knowledge, insights and real political awareness. I know it took a huge amount of his time and energy, often at the cost of his own personal life. 

“Patrick was also instrumental in securing the very big uplift in R and D spending that we saw in the last Comprehensive Spending Review. 

“Patrick is to me the ‘blueprint’ of a great CSA. We all owe him a real gratitude.”






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