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RCUK response to the Higher Education Green Paper and the Nurse Review published today


Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today (Friday 15th January) published a full response to the Higher Education Green Paper and the Nurse Review , which sets out key principles that the Research Councils collectively consider should be the basis on which reform of the research funding landscape should take place.

The response relates to Part D of the Green Paper relating to the research landscape and to the broad direction of travel recommended by Sir Paul Nurse. It does not address individual questions specifically.

Our overriding priority is to ensure that the UK’s world-class research is supported through the most effective and efficient means possible. The Research Councils appreciate and endorse the set of guidelines and principles that Sir Paul has set out at the end of section one of his report. We have identified factors essential to the continuation of the success of UK research which fit well alongside Sir Paul’s commentary.

Sir Paul is clear that the UK research base is truly world-leading, and that the UK Research Councils have played a critical part in ensuring this position. We appreciate the confidence and trust expressed in his report, and look forward to ensuring that the policy reforms ahead build on our effectiveness, resulting in even greater benefit to the UK science and research endeavour.

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Further information

Katie Clark
Tel: 01793 444387 or email: Katie Clark

Notes to editors

  1. A copy of the the RCUK response to the Business Innovation and Skills Committee inquiry into The Digital Economy can be found here .

  2. Fulfilling our potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice (Green Paper published 6 November 2015) is available at:

  3. Ensuring a successful UK research endeavour: a review of the UK Research Councils by Paul Nurse (published 19 November 2015) is available at:

  4. Research Councils UK (RCUK) is the strategic partnership of the UK’s seven Research Councils. Our collective ambition is to ensure the UK remains the best place in the world to do research, innovate and grow business. The Research Councils are central to delivering research and innovation for economic growth and societal impact. Together, we invest £3 billion in research each year, covering all disciplines and sectors, to meet tomorrow’s challenges today. Our investments create new knowledge through: funding research excellence; responding to society’s challenges; developing skills, leadership and infrastructure; and leading the UK’s research direction. We drive innovation through: creating environments and brokering partnerships; co-delivering research and innovation with over 2,500 businesses, 1,000 of which are SMEs; and providing intelligence for policy making. Find out more about our work at

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