Statement by the Director UK ATC on the STFC Press Release of Dec 16th 2009:

STFC: INVESTING IN THE FUTURE 2010-15
Impact through inspiration and innovation

'We welcome STFC’s continued support of the UK ATC in these difficult times and we are especially pleased to see that that our highest priority programme, the European Extremely Large Telescope for ESO, is given strong support in the future programme.'

'We had anticipated the reduction in astronomy activity two years ago and in the meantime have been diversifying our customer base, both in the UK and abroad. We have set up an Innovation Group to exploit our skills for a wider market and have set them challenging goals for bringing in new work. I firmly believe that our highly skilled staff can make very positive contributions to providing novel engineering solutions to a wide range of problems to companies through consultancy or contracts.'

Professor Ian Robson
Director UK ATC