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He comes to Queen Mary from the Executive Board of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). He recently led the creation of the UK Research and Innovation Infrastructure Roadmap and the Infrastructure Fund at UKRI, and played a leading role in establishing UKRI in the Higher Education Research Act, which created more competition and choice to promote social mobility.

Dr. Butland began his career as a researcher, starting his PhD in genetics with a postdoc at a small biotech company designing high-throughput genetic screening methods with engineers and roboticists. He has worked in various roles in the public service, including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Department for Climate Change and the Department of Health.

Dr Butland, Director of Research and Innovation at Queen Mary, said of his appointment: “I am delighted that Queen Mary’s focus on creating new sustainable spinout companies reflects the level of innovation at the university, as well as the quality of its research. I look forward to continuing this work and increasing scientific and innovative activity at the university.”

Professor Colin Bailey, President and Principal of Queen Mary University of London:“Dr Butland has been instrumental in improving the research and innovation landscape across the UK and truly understands the opportunities it presents. Bryony’s expertise and experience will help us further enhance our research and innovation impact.”

Professor Andrew Livingstone, Deputy Director of Research and Innovation:“Dr. Butland’s experience in both industry and government gives him the broad perspective to come up with ideas and then translate those ideas into business and commercial opportunities that will help us achieve our continued growth ambitions. I am delighted to have him on board.”


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