Here you can find press releases from RCUK.
Previous years press releases are available below:
Older press releases pre-2012 can be found on the National Archive copy of this website.
Research Councils UK has today published its response to the independent Review of the implementation of the RCUK policy on Open Access, chaired by Professor Sir Bob Burgess. In implementing the recommendations, RCUK will establish a Practitioner Group drawn from those working with the policy in institutions, publishers and learned societies.
On June 30, 2015, the Natural Environment Research Council and the Science and Technology Facilities Council sponsored the highly successful Research Councils UK Water Showcase on “Water for Future Cities”. The showcase was produced as part of the UK Water Partnership and was attended by a diverse audience of approximately 200 people from industry, government, civil society organisations and the research community.
Professor Philip Nelson, Chief Executive of EPSRC, has been elected as the next Chair of the RCUK Executive Group. Prof Nelson will take on the role from 1 October when the current Chair, Prof Rick Rylance, steps down.
The shortlist for the 2015 RCUK/PraxisUnico Impact Awards for Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) professionals highlights the vital role played by KEC professionals working alongside their academic colleagues.
Today, more than 300 business leaders, entrepreneurs, world-leading researchers, parliamentarians and policymakers will gather at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster for an exciting and interactive showcase event, which demonstrates the Research Councils’ ambition to ensure the UK remains the best place in the world to do research, innovate and grow business.
RCUK and PraxisUnico are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2015 Impact Awards for Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) professionals. The Impact Awards reward and recognise knowledge exchange, technology transfer and commercialisation professionals who have excelled in enabling and facilitating the achievement of impact from the outcomes of research.
Research Councils UK yesterday announced that they will co-host next year’s Global Research Council (GRC) annual meeting with the Indian Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB). The GRC is a virtual organisation comprised of the heads of research funding agencies from around the world, and two members bid each year to co-host its annual meeting.
Research Councils UK are delighted to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between RCUK and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. It is the first time that Research Councils UK and the NRF have come to such an agreement.
Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today published the first independent review of the implementation of the RCUK Policy on Open Access. Chaired by Professor Sir Bob Burgess, former University of Leicester Vice-Chancellor, the review received an excellent response from the research community, with over 85 submissions of written evidence highlighting how the policy is working in practice.
Co-funded by RCUK, a new analysis of impact case studies from the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) shows that research carried out by the UK’s universities has wide and varied benefits to the economy, society, culture, policy, health, the environment and quality of life, within the UK and overseas.
RCUK published a statement of expectations on Equality and Diversity in January 2013 outlining our commitment to ensuring that the best potential researchers from a diverse population are attracted into research careers. Building on this we have initiated a programme of activities which includes analysing and publishing our own diversity data.
Research Councils UK (RCUK), the UK’s biggest investors in public sector research, are committed to ensuring the UK remains the best place in the world to do research, innovate and grow business.
The measures provide certain exemptions from central government constraints around pay, procurement and marketing. Increasing RCUK flexibility in financing research and researchers will contribute to our ability to maintain the UK's world leading position in research.
Research Councils UK are delighted to announce that A-level student, Maria Thankachan, was the recipient of the RCUK-sponsored ‘Best Use of Research Prize’ for young people at the Big Bang Fair 2015.
Universities, Science and Cities Minister Greg Clark has today announced members of the advisory group for his review of the Research Councils. The aim of the review is to ensure the UK builds on its reputation as a world leader in research and innovation, and continues to deliver high impact, high quality research that contributes to economic growth and prosperity.
RCUK and PraxisUnico are working together to highlight how the excellent work being done in this field contributes significantly to the UK’s position as a world-leading destination to research, innovate and grow business.
The Impact of doctoral careers report states that over three quarters of UK employers believe that losing doctoral graduates from their workforce would have a major impact on their business and one in five consider doctoral graduates to be ‘business critical’.
RCUK has published the RCUK Impact Report 2014, demonstrating how the Research Councils have worked together to achieve greater impact for the research, training and innovation they support.