Secretary of State asks Vice-Chancellor to serve a third term on a UK Research Council
City University London's Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Curran, has accepted an invitation to serve a third term as a Council member of the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). He is one of seven Vice-Chancellors in such a role and following his re-appointment will become the longest serving.
NERC is the UK's main agency for funding and managing research, training and knowledge exchange in the environmental sciences. The organisation's work covers the full range of atmospheric, Earth, biological, terrestrial and aquatic science, from the deep oceans to the upper atmosphere and from the poles to the equator.
The NERC Council is the top-level decision-making body responsible for the organisation's strategy, objectives and major resource decisions. A key objective is to support excellent research, as judged by peer review, that has an impact on the growth, prosperity and well-being of the UK.
NERC coordinates some of the world's most exciting research projects, tackling major issues such as climate change, environmental influences on human health and the genetic make-up of life on Earth. The organisation works with national and international partners including NASA, the European Union and the Met Office.