CEH is aiming to separate from UKRI to become an independent charitable body by the end of November 2019. This follows several years of detailed work in NERC, UKRI, CEH and Government to consider future governance, responsibilities and ownership arrangements for CEH, with a view to giving us greater operational freedoms that will help ensure our long-term sustainability and offer the potential to diversify our sources of income.

In January 2019, CEH underwent an independent Gateway 4 Review of our 'readiness to implement' independence and the positive outcome from this has been submitted to the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation. When final Ministerial approval is received, a date will be set for CEH to become an independent not-for-profit research institute (as a Company Limited by Guarantee with charitable status). CEH and NERC are now progressing all the activities required to transition to an independent institute and engaging with NERC and UKRI to agree the terms of the transfer.

This change will allow CEH’s world-class science and innovation to be sustained, and its impact enhanced, into the future. CEH will continue to work together in partnership with NERC and UKRI.

The new structure will make CEH stronger, more agile and financially more resilient, with more freedoms and flexibilities to deliver our mission and to do so with a wider range of external partners and funders.

The mission, purpose, and scientific integrity of CEH will be protected and the detail of managing future and ongoing options, risks and issues will remain at the forefront.

UK Research and Innovation continues to affirm the importance of sustaining long-term funding to CEH and its other research centres. This will remain the case, regardless of the changes in ownership and governance.