Rt Hon Greg Clark visits Diamond Light Source

Minister visits UK synchrotron

Greg Clark on I18 with Diamond CEO Andrew Harrison, Senior Support Scientist Tina Geraki and beamline user Owen Addison, University of Birmingham.
Greg Clark on I18 with Diamond CEO Andrew Harrison, Senior Support Scientist Tina Geraki and beamline user Owen Addison, University of Birmingham.
  

The Minister of State for Cities and Constitution visited the UK’s synchrotron during a trip to Harwell Campus, where he signed the city deal: a government scheme which promises hundreds of millions worth of investment in Oxfordshire. 

The city deal means that £55.5m worth of government funding will be handed over to the region, where it will be used to fuel housing and transport projects, and to build on Oxfordshire’s thriving science and innovation industries. This figure is expected to be bolstered by local authority funds of £40m alongside private investment of £600m.
 
The cash injection will allow better transport links throughout the Science Vale Enterprise Zone including the Harwell Campus, and will allow for the creation of four new innovation centres, augmenting Oxford’s reputation as a leading centre for science and research.
Greg Clark meets Diamond’s staff and users
Greg Clark meets Diamond’s staff and users

 

During his visit to Harwell, Greg Clark was given a tour of Diamond Light Source, where Professor Andrew Harrison, Diamond’s CEO, introduced to scientists currently at work on improved medical implants at the synchrotron. 

In a government press release, the minister commented, “As international centres of innovation go, it is difficult to think of a better pedigree than Oxford. The City Deal provides the tools for those who know Oxford best – business, local authorities and of course the universities – to forge their own path to success, using the area’s strengths to create tens of thousands of jobs and bring in hundreds of millions in inward investment.”
 
Diamond Light Source continues to shine as a bastion of what can be achieved with investment in science and technology infrastructure. With more long-term initiatives on the way, Oxfordshire’s thriving innovation industry will continue to grow.