In an interview with THES, Keith Mason, chief executive of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) outlines his plan for how the UK can deliver world-class science. Focusing on the £1.975 billion currently available rather than the recent funding cuts, he aims to clarify that the push for a closer interaction between science and business is by no means an attack on pure research in favour of applied subjects. The desire to further encourage critical blue-skies thinking - 'some of society's biggest advances have come from this approach' - will be balanced by recruiting managers with expertise is getting tangible benefits from science. By encouraging and supporting recruitment into these 'research-harvesting' roles he hopes that 'we can afford to have more pure research scientists'.
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