Reference numberMS/932
TitlePapers regarding role and activities of Chief Scientific Advisor to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, by Robin Grimes
DescriptionThese papers document the period during which Robin Grimes sought to define and establish the role of Chief Scientific Advisor to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), of which he was the seccond incumbant. They comprise:

'Diptels': Diplomatic telegrams, which are newsletters or reports of activities and achievements of the FCO Chief Scientific Advisor, circulated to Government departments. This was an important vehicle for Grimes to demonstrate the usefulness of his position for the benefit of successors. The diptels mostly relate to overseas trips and meetings.

Blog posts and articles written by Grimes regarding science and diplomacy (2017-2018).

Appraisals of Grimes' job performance
Extent3 files
FormatComputer printout
Physical descriptionLoose papers
Access statusClosed
Access conditionsThe current classification system, the Government Security Classifications Policy uses the classifications 'Official', 'Secret' and 'Top Secret'. These files have been designated 'Official' or 'Official Sensitive' meaning they relate to day to day business but may contian some sensitive information. Information with this classification can be disclosed after 20 years. Some of the documents are classified using the old Government Protective Marking Scheme which was revised in 2014. Since classifications can last for 100 years many documents written using the old scheme still exist and need protection. The information under this classification has been marked 'Sensitive' or 'Restricted', these files are also suitable for disclosure 20 years after creation.
Administrative historyGrimes was the second incumbent of the newly created role of Scientific Advisor to the Foreign Office. He held the post for five and half years from February 2013 to August 2018.
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