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Nurse Review advisory group members announced

Universities, Science and Cities Minister Greg Clark has today (Thursday 26 February) announced members of the advisory group for his review of the Research Councils.

Professor Rick Rylance, Chair of Research Councils UK (RCUK), said: “We welcome the opportunity this review brings in not only highlighting how the Research Councils add value to the UK research and innovation system, but also how we can work as effectively and efficiently as possible to ensure the UK remains the best place in the world to do research, innovate and grow business. RCUK looks forward to contributing positively to the work of Sir Paul's review through both the Advisory and Reference Groups. We encourage our partners from business, academia and civil society to engage with this review to support the Government’s long-term vision for science and innovation through this programme of work.”

The Nurse Review will look at how the Research Councils support research in the most effective ways by drawing on a range of evidence, including international comparisons and the views of research and business communities. 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. 

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Notes to editors

  1. The members of the Advisory Group are:

    • Professor Lord Sushantha Kumar Bhattacharyya, Professor and Chairman of the Warwick Manufacturing Group
    • Professor Muffy Calder, Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering at Glasgow University, and formerly Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland.
    • Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham and Chair of the Russell Group
    • Dame Janet Finch, Honorary Professor of Sociology at the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives, University of Manchester
    • Dr Paul Golby, Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
    • Professor Ottoline Leyser, Professor of Plant Development and Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge
    • Professor Molly Stevens, Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine in the Department of Materials and Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London
    • Professor Terry Wyatt, Professor of Physics, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester


  2. Further information, including the Terms of Reference for the review, is available on the BIS website.

  3. Research Councils UK (RCUK) is the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils who annually invest around £3 billion in research. We support excellent research, as judged by peer review, that has an impact on the growth, prosperity and wellbeing of the UK. To maintain the UK’s global research position we offer a diverse range of funding opportunities, foster international collaborations and provide access to the best facilities and infrastructure around the world. We also support the training and career development of researchers and work with them to inspire young people and engage the wider public with research. To maximise the impact of research on economic growth and societal wellbeing we work in partnership with other research funders including Innovate UK, the UK Higher Education funding bodies, business, government, and charitable organisations.

    The seven UK Research Councils are:

    • Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC);
    • Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC);
    • Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC);
    • Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC);
    • Medical Research Council (MRC);
    • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC);
    • Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

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