RCUK Academic Fellowships
The RCUK Academic Fellowships Scheme provides 800 of the UK's best researchers with a pathway to a permanent academic position. The scheme has successfully driven a culture change in the academic community, encouraging HEIs to develop their policies for the support of researchers and improve career paths.
13 Dec 2007
Research Councils publish delivery plans for CSR2007
The seven Research Councils and RCUK today publish their Delivery Plans for 2008/09 to 2010/11 to coincide with the announcement of the Science Budget allocations. The RCUK delivery plan reflects the Research Councils' priorities for joint working for 2008/09 to 2010/11 and complements the Research Councils' individual delivery plans
10 Dec 2007
Prime Minister Gordon Brown backs future world class medical research centre in St Pancras land sale
The Government has given its support to a unique £500 million medical research partnership that will bring together the country's best scientists to bolster the battle against disease and improve health
5 Dec 2007
EC response: The European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers
The response from the Commission acknowledges that the results of this gap analysis demonstrate that current guidance and practices in the UK already present a high level of compliance with the Charter and Code
4 Dec 2007
Research Councils UK congratulates St Andrew's University on its award for its support for early career researchers
St Andrew's University was a worthy winner yesterday of the 2007 Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers.
30 Nov 2007
Strengthening the preparation of project proposals
Managing large scale infrastructure projects can be challenging. To assist in the planning and delivery of such projects the National Audit Office (NAO) in collaboration with DIUS and RCUK has published a good practice guide for project teams preparing proposals for large scientific facilities
29 Nov 2007
New alliance will ensure effective local government research
Local people are set to benefit from improved government services as a result of a new strategic alliance between Local Government and the UK's Research Councils
28 Nov 2007
Research Councils UK open office in the US
Research Councils UK (RCUK) are set to further extend the international reach of UK research with the launch of their third overseas office. The new US office, based in Washington DC, will work equally on behalf of all UK Research Councils to identify and facilitate new research collaborations with the US
27 Nov 2007
Technology Strategy Board Autumn Collaborative R&D Competition
On 8th November 2007 the Technology Strategy Board announced a new competition for proposals for collaborative research and development, representing a Government investment in innovation of around £100 million
14 Nov 2007
Bridging the gap between higher education and the public
Members of the public will soon be able to play a more interactive role in the important work of higher education institutions, thanks to a new £9.2 million initiative - Beacons for Public Engagement
7 Nov 2007
Research Councils UK consults on future large research facilities
Research Councils UK today publishes a draft Large Facilities Roadmap for 2007 and invites the views of its research communities.
2 Nov 2007
UK-China research partnership will boost economic prosperity
Links between the UK and China in the scientific and academic sectors have been strengthened, as Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills John Denham officially opened the China office of Research Councils UK
31 Oct 2007
Consultation on the Revised Concordat to support the Career Development of Researchers
RCUK and Universities UK have received a number of responses to the Consultation on the draft revised Concordat to support the Career Development of Researchers.
30 Oct 2007
UK International Fellowship Association (UKIFA)
Research Councils UK are developing a UK International Fellowship Association and a short report on the outcome of the opinion survey is now available and is being used in the design of the Association.
30 Oct 2007
Randal Richards appointed as Chief Executive RCUK Strategic Delivery
Research Council chief executives have invited Randal Richards to assume a new Research Councils UK (RCUK) position to support them in developing RCUK's strategy.
25 Oct 2007
Research for a better old age
The New Dynamics of Ageing Programme (NDA) has today announced the second round of successful applications to be funded under the programme.
18 Oct 2007
RCUK welcomes the Council for Science and Technology's report on research careers
RCUK shares the CST’s view that effective training and career management for researchers is important in maintaining the UK’s excellent research base.
10 Oct 2007
Science Budget increase will help Research Councils tackle the major issues facing the UK
The Research Councils welcome today’s announcement of the Science Budget allocations for the period 2008- 2011.
9 Oct 2007
Excellence with Impact - Research Councils UK reveals the value of research to the UK
The Research Councils are generating considerable economic benefits for the UK, a new report published today by Research Councils UK has revealed.
8 Oct 2007
Research Councils welcome Sainsbury Review
Research Councils UK today welcomes the publication of The Race to the Top, Lord Sainsbury’s review of UK science and innovation policy. The report recognises the vital role that the Research Councils play in maintaining the UK’s economic competitiveness and supports many of the actions currently being undertaken by them.
5 Oct 2007
Targeted Initiative on Science and Mathematics Education
The ESRC, working with RCUK partners, is inviting outline research proposals as a part of a new targeted initiative, focused on addressing a number of key research challenges in Science and Mathematics Education.
2 Oct 2007
Winners of national public engagement competition announced
A postdoc research assistant at the University of Edinburgh has won the final of a national competition to encourage scientists to explore the social and ethical implications of their research.
21 Sep 2007
RCUK public debate
Details of the RCUK Space debate at this year's BA Festival of Science
10 Sep 2007
New Head of RCUK Secretariat
Research Councils UK is pleased to welcome Dr Steven Hill as the new Head of the RCUK Secretariat.
6 Sep 2007
e-Science points to pollution solutions
Results from a UK e-Science project are helping to solve two pressing environmental problems.
6 Sep 2007
UK International Fellowship Association
Research Councils UK (RCUK) are developing a UK International Fellowship Association and we are asking potential members of the association to complete a short opinion survey.
13 Aug 2007
Research Councils UK publishes annual review 2006/07
RCUK today publishes its first annual review. It provides an insight into the increase in the joint activities of the Research Councils since RCUK was formed 5 years ago.
10 Aug 2007
Researchers: What is the Situation? 2007 Annual Report
The Annual Report to the UK Research Base Funders’ Forum: Researchers: What is the situation? 2007 has just been published.
7 Aug 2007
Research Councils launch strategy to boost global reach
From groundbreaking research on rapid climate change to the design of the world's first sustainable city, the UK's research community has an excellent record of working on some of the most important and innovative international research programmes in the world. Research Councils UK is set to build on this already impressive international reach with its first international strategy, encompassing all research disciplines.
24 Jul 2007
Draft revised Concordat published for consultation
The RCUK and Universities UK (UUK) have published a revised Concordat for consultation. They would welcome comments, from sector groups, institutions, and individuals, on the overall framework of the draft concordat, its intentions and the details in each section.
2 Jul 2007
Research Councils UK (RCUK) takes steps to improve efficiency and effectiveness of peer review process
Research Councils UK (RCUK) today unveiled plans to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the peer review process for assessing the quality of research applications and outputs.
21 Jun 2007
Revised Concordat - Invitation to consultation events
The purpose of the events is to validate the thrust of the Concordat, take account of the view points of the individuals that the Concordat will effect in their differing roles, and ensure wide support.
20 Jun 2007
Research Councils UK (RCUK) congratulates Honours recipients
RCUK would like to congratulate the following Research Council colleagues on receiving an award in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
18 Jun 2007
Famelab finalist cooks up a batch of science
Details about the winner of the 2007 NESTA Famelab competition.
15 Jun 2007
Launch of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Business Plan Competition (2007/08)
The third RCUK Business Plan Competition is launched this week (Friday 1 June 2007) and is open to researchers from across the breadth of activity supported by the Research Councils (ranging from science and technology to the arts).
30 May 2007
Call for Research Synthesis proposals: considering impact of the career choices of UK PhD graduates
Research Councils UK (RCUK) Research Careers and Diversity Unit and the ESRC are pleased to welcome applications to conduct a Research Synthesis on the topic of Impact of the Career Choices of UK PhD Graduates.
22 May 2007
RCUK announces economic impacts studies
The Research Councils are seeking input from stakeholders for two new studies to inform their activities aimed at increasing the economic impact of their investments.
17 May 2007
X-ray holograms expose secret magnetism
Collaborative research between scientists in the UK and USA has led to a major breakthrough in the understanding of antiferromagnets.
2 May 2007
RCUK welcomes the new Science and Technology Facilities Council into the RCUK partnership
RCUK formally welcomes the new Science and Technology Facilities Council.
2 Apr 2007
New partnership boosts information systems services for UK research community
Information services for the UK's research community have received a significant boost with the signing of a new agreement between the Joint Information Services Committee (JISC) and the Research Councils.
22 Mar 2007
Research Councils welcome increase to science budget
The Research Councils welcome the statement in the Chancellor's budget speech today of a major increase in the Science Budget over the next three years.
21 Mar 2007
New publication reveals researchers' entrepreneurial spirit
RCUK, alongside Unico and Universities UK have released a new publication detailing the successes of UK based research.
14 Mar 2007
L'Oréal UK Fellowships For Women In Science
Details of available Fellowships.
28 Feb 2007
Further information about FameLab 2007
23 Feb 2007
Revisions to Research Council budgets
The Spring Supplementary Estimates published by HM Treasury yesterday show significant revisions to DTI budgets, including those of the Research Councils.
21 Feb 2007
Developing the UK’s e-infrastructure
A report published by the Office of Science and Innovation e-Infrastructure Working Group.
8 Feb 2007
Sir Gareth Roberts
A tribute from the Research Councils
7 Feb 2007
UK researchers address the climate change challenge
The UK's main funders of basic research are today answering the demands for better information on the nature and impact of climate change. They have outlined how the scientists they fund will address the challenges set out in the recently published Stern report, and how new technologies could help mitigate the effects of climate change.
1 Feb 2007
Research Councils act to increase the economic impact of research
Research Councils UK (RCUK) today publishes its strategy to maximise the value of the research it funds.
30 Jan 2007
New strategy launched to promote research careers
Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today published its new research careers strategy.
19 Jan 2007
Professor Ian Diamond re-elected as Chair of Research Councils UK Executive Group
Professor Ian Diamond, chief executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), has been re-elected as chair of Research Councils UK (RCUK) Executive Group.
12 Jan 2007