|Guide to the organisation of science and technology (Gost)|
This volume, the fourth edition, provides an outline guide to public-sector funded science, engineering and technology (SET). It offers a comprehensive picture of the way in which science and technology is organised in the UK. It is not intended as a detailed reference source and readers wishing to obtain a greater level of information are referred to the various contact points listed.
The guide also attempts to help readers follow the various changes which science and technology in Britain have undergone over recent years. It provides a brief description of the more significant transformations and events experienced. The guide is concerned with research and development, especially in those centres which are funded wholly or partly by government departments or by the research councils. Its structure largely reflects the lines through which research funding is channelled.
Major areas of science and technology have been grouped under the broad portfolios of the relevant government departments. The picture, however, has become increasingly complicated as the delivery of government services has become more devolved from ministerial responsibilities. Also, non-governmental, public-sector organisations now play a much more significant role within the UKs scientific and technological infrastructure. For these reasons, non-governmental public organisations have also been included within those sections dealing with government departmental responsibilities although the demarcation of these organisations has been made explicit. In places, quantitative data, such as budgetary allocations, have been provided for illustrative purposes. It should be noted however that such figures tend to date quickly and updated information should be sought where necessary.
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