Organisations including NCRI and its Partners have faced many challenges during the past 12 months. NCRI has embraced virtual working and utilised digital technology to make efficiencies in our ways of working.
The shift to virtual meetings was necessary to keep the cancer research community connected and allow the NCRI Groups to continue their work. This shift has allowed NCRI to make better use of its resources. Virtual meetings have removed many financial, time and geographical limitations, allowing us to expand our pool of experts and engage more internationally. We will utilise virtual technology in the future, holding face-to-face meetings and events only when appropriate, and will continue to ensure virtual meetings are useful, productive and accessible.
NCRI has also made internal improvements over the year. We have launched a new NCRI brand that is bolder and more reflective of the current organisation, developed a new website focusing on user experience and communicating our impact and improved our data processes to enable better engagement with our audiences. To make NCRI a great place to work, cross-organisational groups have focused on areas including culture and values, personal development, training, and technology use.
For a large portion of the year, NCRI staff worked 80% hours to reduce expenditure in a period where several NCRI charity Partners had their fundraising activities significantly disrupted.