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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