Wired for success

Think tank: Onward

Author(s): Allan Nixon; Anna Dickinson; Anastasia Bektimirova

August 1, 2023

This report from UK think tank Onward looks at reforming Whitehall to support science and technology.

In the first half of 2023 the UK Government transformed its approach to science, creating a new Science Department, setting out a series of new strategies, and establishing an AI-focussed Foundation Models Taskforce backed by £100 million. But our report today finds that Whitehall is still off the pace. The Government must go further and complete the rewiring of Whitehall to become a genuine science and tech superpower. This paper sets out a roadmap to realise the potential of science and technology to boost the nation’s productivity, transform public services, and compete internationally.