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Warwick Press Statement on Ministerial Announcement on HRI QR Review

Originally published 20 January 2002

The University of Warwick and Horticulture Research International (HRI) have worked closely together since 1997. The range of their collaborative activities has broadened considerably in recent years. To recognise the special relationship that exists between the University and HRI and to facilitate further co-operation, HRI (Wellesbourne) became an Affiliate Institute of the University in 2002.

Both HRI and the University have broadly welcomed the recommendations in the Quinquennial Review of HRI undertaken with great skill and insight by Derek Langslow and his team. The University welcomes the Minister’s proposal that Defra should enter into discussions with the University about the future of HRI. The University and HRI are in agreement that one possible future, under the terms of the Review, is that a restructured HRI might form part of the University.

As the Minister says in his statement, “HRI is a substantial asset of horticultural science excellence”. Warwick is committed to helping HRI build on its past success so it can serve the best interests of its partners in industry, Defra and the UK’s science base. In so doing, it will wish to make a substantial contribution to policy and to strengthen further the application of innovation and research excellence to support what is a crucial component of the UK’s industrial and rural life. Both HRI and Warwick welcome the opportunity in the coming months to discuss with a range of stakeholders how a new model to focus research and development can best meet their objectives and ensure the vibrant health of the UK horticultural industry.

Link to HRI's press statement

For further details contact:

Dr Jonathan Nicholls,
University of Warwick
Tel: 024 7652 3704