UK researchers already have an excellent record of working across borders. Almost half of more than 90,000 research articles published by UK researchers in 2008 had a co-author from another country. Co-authorship with non-UK collaborators tends to produce significant impact gains: e.g. papers with USA, Germany and France have impact 50% higher than the UK research base average1.
Over half (54%) of all postgraduate students2 and around 16% of permanent academic staff3 in higher education institutions in the UK are non-UK nationals and this is an increasing trend, demonstrating the internationalisation of the UK research base.
The following pages provide case studies which demonstrate the breath of RCUK activity and how they support the RCUK international strategy.
Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases
Stem cell partnership
Amazon research influences international climate change policy
UK agrees deal with Canada to share polar facilities
Humanities in the European Research Area
Environmental science: Shaping European regulation with e-Science and UK expertise
1 - International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base. Evidence Ltd. September 2009
2 - Higher Education HEFCE Statistics Agency 2007/08
3 - Staff employed at -funded HEIs. HEFCE 2008