Revised concordat and code of practice for career management of research staff in the HE sector
A UK Higher Education (HE) sector working group co-ordinated by RCUK, with a membership largely drawn from within the HE sector and representing the interests of employers, employees and funders, is working to create a new framework for the management of research staff.
22 Dec 2006
Winner announced of the 2005/06 Research Councils' Business Plan Competition
The winner of the Research Councils' Business Plan Competition has been announced.
8 Dec 2006
The changing role of knowledge transfer in the Research Councils
In a speech to the University Companies Association (Unico) on 4 December 2006, Professor Philip Esler described the changing role of knowledge transfer in the Research Councils and how they intend to significantly increase the economic impact of their investments
7 Dec 2006
Research Councils UK Response to Pre-Budget Report
Research Councils UK (RCUK), the strategic partnership of the UK's eight Research Councils, has welcomed the Chancellor's Pre-Budget Report, delivered to the House of Commons today
6 Dec 2006
8 million GBP for new initiative to boost public engagement
A new £8 million initiative has been launched today which aims to promote excellence in public engagement and effect a culture change in UK universities towards engaging with the public
5 Dec 2006
RCUK congratulates Imperial College on being named best for supporting early career researchers
Research Councils UK (RCUK) congratulates Imperial College London for winning the award for 'Outstanding support for early career researchers' at this week's Times Higher Education Supplement Awards ceremony
17 Nov 2006
The European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers
The European Charter and Code are a set of general principles and requirements published by the European Commission which together specify the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers, as well as their employers and funders, throughout the European Union.
6 Nov 2006
Research Councils welcome changes to the Technology Strategy Board
The Research Councils welcome the changes to the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) announced by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Alistair Darling, on 1 November. The Technology Strategy Board, which will now be independent, will take over the funding of the £178 million Technology Programme next year.
6 Nov 2006
Research Councils publish study of peer review and launch new consultation
Research Councils UK (RCUK), the strategic partnership of the eight Research Councils, has today published the report of its project to study the efficiency and effectiveness of the peer review process and has launched a consultation on possible options for change
20 Oct 2006
Reform of Higher Education Research Assessment and Funding
Research Councils UK today published its response to the Department for Education and Skills consultation on Reform of Higher Education Research Assessment and Funding, announced in March 2006.
17 Oct 2006
Project Director for Research Councils’ Shared Services Centre appointed
Research Councils UK (RCUK), has today announced the appointment of Raymond Prud'homme as Project Director for the implementation of the Research Councils’ Shared Services Centre (SSC).
6 Oct 2006
Analysis of data on scholarly journals publishing
Research Councils UK, in collaboration with the Research Information Network (RIN) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), commissioned an analysis of the availability and quality of data on scholarly journals publishing.
3 Oct 2006
Universal ethical code for scientists
The Office of Science and Innovation (OSI) have requested information on how Research Councils' existing policies and procedures reflect the provisions of the Council for Science and Technology's (CST) "universal ethical code for scientists".
3 Oct 2006
First performance figures released for UK Research Councils
The UK's eight Research Councils have today published the first data against their Outputs Frameworks – a set of metrics and narrative information that paint a picture of each Research Council's progress against aspects of their Delivery Plan objectives.
2 Oct 2006
Research Councils publish response to 'Next Steps' consultation
The eight Research Councils have today highlighted their strong commitment in funding both high-risk, cutting-edge research and inter- and multidisciplinary research with the publication of a revised protocol on assessing and funding cross-remit grant applications and their response to the Government's analysis of the Next Steps consultation.
29 Sep 2006
Call for research organisations to work together to meet globalisation challenge
The Research Councils, which collectively invest over £2.5 billion a year in cutting-edge research, will call today for the UK's research organisations to pull together in a concerted effort to meet the challenges of the global economy.
28 Sep 2006
Winners of national public engagement competition announced
A PhD student at the University of Cambridge has won the final of a national competition to encourage scientists to explore the social and ethical implications of their research.
22 Sep 2006
UK e-Science Programme wins award for leadership in grid computing
The UK e-Science Programme has won a prestigious international award in the inaugural GRIDtoday Readers' and Editors' Choice Awards which are presented at the GridWorld conference in Washington DC today.
13 Sep 2006
Cutting-edge science on Norwich's doorstep
The BA Festival of Science is bringing some of the world's brightest science stars to Norwich next month – but one event will give local people the chance to meet the brains behind cutting edge research going on in and around the city of Norwich every day of the year.
29 Aug 2006
UK GRAD and UKHERD Researcher Development Conferences 2006
In September 2006 two key conferences take place which will be of interest to staff supporting the professional and career development of our postgraduate researchers and research staff
7 Aug 2006
More money boosts young researchers but work ahead says new report
More money from the Research Councils for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers is helping academia recruit and retain the brightest young research talents says a new report published today.
1 Aug 2006
Research Councils publish response to Cooksey Review of single health research fund
Research Councils UK (RCUK), the strategic partnership of the eight Research Councils, has today published its response to Sir David Cooksey’s review of the Government’s proposals to create single health research fund.
31 Jul 2006
Academic Fellowships boost interdisciplinary research and outreach says new report
The Research Councils UK Academic Fellowships scheme, launched in 2004 to provide attractive and stable research career paths for promising researchers, has provided a boost to interdisciplinary research and outreach according to a report reviewing the two years of the programme.
27 Jul 2006
RCUK welcomes announcement on new Large Facilities Council
The Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC) and the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC) will be merged from 1 April 2007 to create a Large Facilities Council. The decision follows the Government’s 'Next Steps' consultation.
25 Jul 2006
The UK Rural Economy and Land Use Debates 2006
A new publication released by the Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (RELU)
20 Jul 2006
Economic Impact Group
The Research Councils today publish their submission to the Office of Science and Innovation's Economic Impact Group, set up to establish how Councils can deliver a major increase in the economic impact of their investments.
14 Jul 2006
House of Lords Science and Technology Committee
Research Councils have submitted evidence to the 'Science teaching in schools' inquiry.
4 Jul 2006
Factors affecting science communication by scientists
Research Councils UK, the Royal Society and the Wellcome Trust have funded a study to examine the factors affecting science communication by scientists
29 Jun 2006
Research Councils UK publishes update of position statement on access to research outputs
RCUK today reaffirms its commitment to the guiding principles that publicly funded research must be made available and accessible for public examination as rapidly as practical; published research outputs should be effectively peer-reviewed; this must be a cost effective use of public funds; and outputs must be preserved and remain accessible for future generations. The statement sets out a framework through which individual Councils can develop guidance appropriate to their research communities.
28 Jun 2006
Research Councils respond to Treasury’s "Next Steps" consultation
Research Councils UK has today published its response to the Treasury's "Science and innovation investment framework 2004-2014: next steps" consultation.
20 Jun 2006
Subduction: Integrated Earth-Ocean-Atmosphere System Processes and Hazard Assessment
A Town Meeting will take place on Friday 7 July at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Durham. Follow the above link for further information.
12 Jun 2006
Research Councils update plans for future
The UK’s eight Research Councils and their strategic partnership, Research Councils UK (RCUK), have today published their updated Delivery Plans, outlining priorities up to 2008.
26 May 2006
Research Councils stimulate discussion on collaborative R&D
On 18 May 2006, RCUK will encourage academics to appreciate how collaborations with public or private partners could benefit their research and demonstrate to businesses the additional value that research findings can add.
17 May 2006
Learned Societies and Access to Research Outputs: an RCUK workshop
A workshop on 29 June 2006 has been organised with the help of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), the Research Information Network (RIN), the Royal Society and the Science Council to provide an opportunity for representatives from Learned Societies to discuss opportunities, challenges and new publishing models.
17 May 2006
Analysis of data on scholarly journals publishing
Research Councils UK has, in collaboration with the Research Information Network and the Department of Trade and Industry, commissioned an analysis of the availability and quality of data on scholarly journals publishing.
27 Apr 2006
Research Councils award 400 new Academic Fellowships
Following the second round of competition for Academic Fellowships, the Research Councils have today awarded 400 fellowships to 73 universities and colleges across the UK.
26 Apr 2006
Report poses questions for infectious disease research
The Research Councils have welcomed today’s publication of the report and action plan of the Foresight Programme on the Detection and Identification of Infectious Diseases.
26 Apr 2006
Nurturing collaborative research and development
The Research Councils will be holding a seminar as part of the "Science & Innovation 2006: Taking up the Technology Challenge" conference on 18 May.
12 Apr 2006
Research Councils launch strategy for science in society
The strategy document and accompanying highlights booklet outline both the Research Councils achievements of embedding science in society within their activities, and their plans for the future.
3 Apr 2006
Research Councils welcome the Budget’s commitment to science
The Research Councils welcome the Chancellor’s continued commitment to science set out in his Budget statement on 22 March 2006 and his recognition that science and innovation are at the heart of the UK’s response to the challenges of globalisation.
24 Mar 2006
Research Councils welcome new report on high impact of UK research
PSA metrics data report, commissioned by the Office of Science and Technology
21 Mar 2006
Research Councils respond to the five public policy challenges facing the UK
Research Councils preliminary response to the HM Treasury's five public policy challenges for the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review.
17 Mar 2006
Research Councils to assess value for money of peer review system
The UK’s eight Research Councils have begun an initiative to assess the efficiency and value for money of their grant peer review process.
17 Mar 2006
Academic skills supply improves but there is still a risk to UK competitiveness
The Research Councils today publish a report that shows the UK research base to be vibrant and successful with increasing staff and student numbers in many academic disciplines.
15 Mar 2006
Conference for Marie Curie Early Stage Researchers
The University of Manchester will host an international conference dedicated to Marie Curie Fellows from across Europe, on 10-12 April 2006.
2 Mar 2006
Research Councils and UK sensing network unite in advanced instrumentation partnership
Press Release: Research Councils and UK sensing network unite in advanced instrumentation partnership
15 Feb 2006
Careers Development and Skills Training Reporting 2005
This document provides a summary of research organisation reporting on career development and skills training (Roberts) payments in 2005.
10 Feb 2006
DfES consultation: Education Outside the Classroom Manifesto
Research Councils UK has responded to the Department for Education and Skills consultation on Education Outside the Classroom Manifesto
6 Feb 2006
European Commission's "Researchers' nights"
The European Commission has announced that it intends to launch a call for proposals concerning the organisation of "Researchers' nights" throughout Europe on 22 September 2006.
23 Jan 2006
New £10,000 award for Women Scientists - The L'Oréal UK and UKRC Bursary
The L’Oréal UK/ UK Resource Centre for Women in Science Engineering and Technology (UKRC) Bursary has been developed to address the issues facing women scientists in the UK
19 Jan 2006
Postgraduate fee levels for Research Council funded students
This letter outlines the agreed fee and stipend levels for the academic year 2006/07.
11 Jan 2006