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UKRI welcomes the preferred choice for chair and the OfS publishes its annual accounts

The latest fresh face in the rich tapestry of research and higher education is incoming at UK Research and Innovation, where Royal Dutch Shell chair Andrew Mackenzie is expected to succeed John Kingman as chair. It’s good to see a lad fae Kirkintilloch make good, but what does this UKRI appointment mean for British science and research?

Mackenzie has been named as the preferred candidate for the role and is expected to take over this summer. He will not be the first boss of a major petrochemical company to be given a say over what goes on in UK universities. That honour goes to John Browne, who after being chief executive at BP went on to lead the review that resulted in £9,000 tuition fees in England.

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