The Large Facilities Advisory Board reports to the Director General for Knowledge and Innovation (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)) with responsibility for providing clear advice on:
Membership of this Board includes every Research Council Chief Executive or nominated representative, and a small number of other major funding and large user stakeholders.
To enable BEIS and STFC to review the appropriateness of the current operational models of the three UK National Facilities at Harwell; the Central Laser Facility, ISIS neutron and muon source, and the Diamond Light Source, BEIS commissioned an Independent Review to identify whether there were any potential radical solutions for putting the facility operation onto a lower-cost footing and articulate the risks of any proposals. The review was chaired by Dick Elsy, the CEO of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, and reported to BEIS in April 2017.
The Large Facilities Advisory Board delegate to a Large Facilities Implementation Group, chaired by the RCUK Executive Director, the responsibility for:
The Implementation Group has specific responsibility to:
Produce an agreed Research Funders’ Requirements document in advance of each Spending Review period.
Produce an agreed Research Councils’ recommendation for levels of funding to UK large national facilities, as part of each Spending Review bidding process.
Assess Facilities’ Directors Business Plans for alignment with Ministers’ decisions prior to approval by STFC Council and the Diamond Light Source Limited Board.
Request and monitor the overall outputs (financial data including income from routes other than the facilities funding model, operational data, scientific data and people metrics) of each facility against their approved Business Plan on a regular basis, flagging to BEIS Director Research Base significant deviations from Business Plans with, if necessary, recommendations for corrective action within the Spending Review period.
Maintain oversight of the audit programme for the facilities.
Review and recommend priorities for future facility developments (considering both capital and operating costs) including the development of new cross-Council broad based facilities.
Review the operation of the facilities funding model at the completion of each SR cycle, to ensure that it is developed appropriately and remains fit for purpose, and adjust as required.
Communicate with the user community at the annual user meetings.
Advise STFC as Large Facilities’ Managing Agent on the UK’s engagement and funding of the ESRF, ESS and ILL, in so far as these impact on the UK large national facilities.
The Implementation Group includes STFC as the Large Facilities’ Managing Agent, the Facilities’ Directors, representatives of other Research Councils to ensure that cross-Council user research views are coordinated.
Outputs from Large Facilities Implementation Group meetings can be found here.