NPL contract with Serco extended
It has been agreed to extend Serco's existing contract to operate the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) on behalf of the UK's Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) for a period of up to 12 months from 1 April 2014.
Last year, the Government announced its intention to look at alternative structures for the operation, investment and ownership of NPL. This extension, made under the existing Government Owned, Contractor Operated (GOCO) model, will aid the selection of a new partnership from a shortlist led by four UK universities (University of Edinburgh; University of Southampton; University of Strathclyde; and University of Surrey) and support the transition to the new arrangement.
Brian Bowsher, NPL's Managing Director, said: "This extension will greatly aid with the transition to NPL's new status. We remain committed to growing our science, its impact and our third party work, and our association with Serco will ensure that this continues."
Ian Downie, Serco's Strategic Partnerships Director said: "We are pleased to be extending our partnership. Over the coming months, Serco will work closely with BIS, the National Measurement Office (NMO) and their new partner to ensure NPL continues to deliver world-class science output and is ready to seamlessly transfer into its new organisation."
Further information on the future model for NPL can be found on the National Measurement Office website
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