Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson today (23 May 2016) opened 2 new state-of-the-art centres, worth £17 million, at the world-leading Joint European Torus (JET) site, based in Oxfordshire.
On the visit to Culham in Oxfordshire, Jo Johnson also announced a new £15 million Oxford Advanced Skills Centre, which will train 125 apprentices in specialist engineering to help conduct the pioneering research in to clean energy production and robotics.
A new option is available to providers using CCMS for funding applications if there is good reason their client is unable to come to their office for a meeting.
Providers can now use the interim declaration process.
This process allows providers to gather the information required to complete an application and then submit it online when they return to the office.
The new process allows for:
The Government Chemist was invited to provide two contributions to the the latest Separation Science online seminar ‘Advances in Food Safety Analysis – Fraud and Authenticity’.
This seminar brings together some of the leading exponents in food safety analysis and provides a learning environment for scientists working in these fields and takes place in two 2-hour sessions.
The focus of this year’s eSeminar is food fraud and authenticity testing.
As announced by Babcock International Group to the stock exchange this morning, it brings the value of Ministry of Defence (MOD) contracts with Ascent Flight Training to £2.8 billion. Their work delivering the four core elements of future military flying training will sustain 500 UK jobs.
The £1.1 billion rotary wing contract, awarded by the MOD to Ascent, will pave the way for the design, delivery and management of a new military helicopter aircrew training service until the early 2030s.
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is delighted to announce that on 23 May 2016 it will open the remainder of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) in England. This increases the funding available from €33 million to €46 million.
On a trip to North Wales today the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Harriett Baldwin, will set out how a vote to remain in the EU will protect financial services jobs, promote economic growth and ensure that the next generation of Welsh finance graduates are given the opportunities to succeed.
The Economic Secretary will dispel the myth that leaving the EU would simply be a problem for the City in London and that the wider UK financial sector and that places like Bangor and Wrexham would not be affected.
Innovate UK is seeking applications for funding from business-university partnerships with plans to improve competitiveness and productivity by employing a recent graduate with relevant expertise.
The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme is a three-way partnership between a business, an academic institution and a recent graduate.
The academic institution employs the graduate, who works at the company. The graduate, known as the ‘associate’, brings new skills and knowledge to the business.
Following a consultation on how the National Infrastructure Commission should be structured and run, the government has today underlined its commitment to establish the commission via primary legislation.The response document also sets out that it will be mandatory for the government to respond to all recommendations from the commission.
Gordon came from an extensive career in banking in the UK and USA to join UKEF, the UK’s export credit agency (ECA), in 1998. He has undertaken a variety of roles with the department. Most recently, he led UKEF’s aerospace business, overseeing huge innovation in its product suite with the world’s first ECA-backed sukuk and support for a loan in offshore Renminbi, both award-winning deals.
Louis Taylor, UKEF’s Chief Executive Officer, welcomed Gordon to the role, saying:
The Welsh jobs market has recorded a hat-trick of good news with employment up, unemployment falling and a drop in the claimant count.
The latest snapshot of the Welsh economy shows the employment rate increased more than any other UK region over the quarter and is at a record high.
Other highlights from the Labour Market Statistics show that over the past quarter:
The contract secures around 350 highly skilled missile engineering jobs across MBDA’s sites in Stevenage, Bristol and Lostock, with an equivalent number of jobs in the wider supply chain, and will draw on engineering and manufacturing expertise from companies across the UK.
Spear 3 is from the same family of weapons as Brimstone, currently being used by the RAF to combat Daesh in Syria and Iraq, but it packs a bigger punch and has a significantly increased range.
The government will receive a dividend payment from Lloyds of £130 million today, taking total dividends received to £318 million.
The latest dividend payment takes the total the government has recovered from Lloyds for taxpayers to over £16.8 billion. Since the financial crisis the government has recovered over £75 billion of financial assets for the taxpayer.
Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Harriett Baldwin, said:
Science Minister Jo Johnson today (17 May 2016) confirmed that John Kingman will be appointed as Chair of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) on an interim basis, to set up the new organisation in shadow form.
We’re obviously now 37 days and 37 nights away from this crucial EU referendum and I wanted to give you the opportunity to ask me questions about the issues that are coming up, about the arguments that are being made.
The Cumbria Countryside Access Fund will help to attract tourists back to Cumbria by making it easier to explore the Lake District and Cumbria’s countryside on foot as well as directly benefiting residents.
Individual grants from a minimum of £100,000 are available for landowners or public bodies and will cover reinstating and improving rights of way for rural towns and villages, visitor attractions, long distance trails and those passing through environmentally sensitive areas such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
The independent defence regulator the Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO) has today issued its first formal determination on what costs are appropriate for a contractor to pass on to the taxpayer. The ruling relates to a £70 million contract awarded to Rolls Royce in December 2015 to provide support for the engines which power Hawk jet aircraft, including those flown by the RAF aerobatic team, The Red Arrows.
The Government has published a White Paper which includes proposals on the future of Innovate UK. ‘Success as a Knowledge Economy’ outlines how Government intends to take forward the implementation of the recommendations of Sir Paul Nurse’s Review.