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The current Chairman Sir John Armitt CBE steps down at the end of March.
The House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee will hold a pre-appointment hearing on 7 March and report on Dr Golby’s suitability for this post.
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The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is one of the seven UK Research Councils principally funded through the Government’s science budget which is administered by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). EPSRC funds research and training in universities and research units and its grant in aid for 2011-12 is over £800 million. For further information see: www.epsrc.ac.uk
Pre-appointment scrutiny hearings enable Select Committees to take evidence from candidates for certain key public appointments before they are appointed. Hearings are in public and involve the Select Committee publishing a report setting out their views on the candidate’s suitability for a post. Pre-appointment hearings are non-binding but Ministers will consider the Committee’s views before deciding whether to proceed with the appointment.
The Chairs of the all of the Research Councils are listed as posts suitable for pre-appointment hearings. That list was published in the Government’s Response to the Liaison Committee’s First Special Report of Session 2007-08 (Liaison Committee, First Special Report of Session 2007-08, Pre-appointment hearings by Select Committees: Government Response, HC 594).
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