A wide-ranging review of government-funded research and innovation in Wales has begun to look at the “strengths, gaps and future potential” in Welsh institutions to sustain and grow strong research and innovation activity in the Principality.
“Our aim is to make sure that every penny we invest in this area delivers the maximum benefit to the people and economy of Wales,” commented Cardiff’s Education Secretary Kirsty Williams, who has commissioned Graeme Reid, Professor of Science and Research Policy at University College London, to lead the review.
Reid and his team have been briefed to:
- Identify patterns and themes in the development of business and public services in Wales that draw on research and innovation strengths in Wales and further afield, with a brief to report back next winter
- Collate the results of recent analyses of research and innovation activity in Wales
- Consider how firms, public services and research groups in universities connect locally and globally to support the needs of Welsh communities, business and the economy, plus consider how the connections and interactions between these groups can be improved to enable Wales to become “a more entrepreneurial state”.