Approval given for two NERC centres to become independent

23/09/2019 0 By wildfeed

Man in dome with plants at The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

23 September 2019

We are pleased to announce that the plan for two research centres within the NERC portfolio to become independent has received approval from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and HM Treasury. This is a major milestone on the journey for the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), to become independent research institutes (companies limited by guarantee with charitable status).

Aerial view of the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton pictured with RRS Discovery moored alongside

NERC Council continues to affirm the importance of sustaining long-term funding to its research centres. The missions, purpose and scientific integrity of the two centres will be preserved, and will remain fundamental, regardless of the changes in ownership and governance. NOC and CEH will continue to deliver independent world-class science, however the new governance structures will make NOC and CEH more agile and financially resilient, and they will use the new flexibilities to deliver excellent science with a greater range of external partners and funders.

NERC, NOC and CEH will continue to work together to put in place the preparation required prior to the official dates of their independence. The independence of CEH will commence on 1 December 2019 and the independence of NOC will commence on 1 November 2019. Details of the plans for these dates will be on the CEH and NOC websites soon.