on UKIRT Ownership
On 2nd October, I issued an
Announcement of Opportunity for entities
interested in participating in UKIRT beyond 30th September 2013. The
Announcement solicited Expressions of Interest,
with a deadline of 30th
I am pleased to report that twelve Expressions of
Interest were received, which is a remarkable
outcome for an unprecedented process. We are now
working through them, and as a priority will be
engaging directly with those who have offered to
take over the ownership of the observatory.
The objective is to reach clarity by 31st March 2013 on whether we
have a viable route for the transfer of UKIRT to a
new owner. Further details will be posted here as
and when they become available.