Research Councils UK (RCUK) are pleased to support the fourth annual UK Research
Conference which this year is focused on the future of research funding. The conference
is taking place today (23rd September) at the Inmarsat Conference Centre in London
and brings together senior representatives from higher education, the research community,
central government and private sectors to consider the current state and future
strategic development of UK research.
The conference hosts speakers from across the research and academic sectors.
Representing RCUK as speakers will be Professor Rick Rylance, RCUK Champion for
Research Careers and Phil Sooben, Director of Policy and Administration for the
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Mr Sooben will give an update on UK
research policy and funding priorities. Professor Rylance will speak as part of
a panel discussion about the importance of peer review and the wider cultural and
economic value of research.
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RCUK Press and Communications Manager
Tel: 01793 444592
Notes for editors
Research Councils UK (RCUK) is the strategic partnership of the UK's seven
Research Councils. We invest annually around £3 billion in research. Our focus is
on excellence with impact. We nurture the highest quality research, as judged by
international peer review providing the UK with a competitive advantage. Global
research requires we sustain a diversity of funding approaches, fostering international
collaborations, and providing access to the best facilities and infrastructure,
and locating skilled researchers in stimulating environments. Our research achieves
impact – the demonstrable contribution to society and the economy made by knowledge
and skilled people. To deliver impact, researchers and businesses need to engage
and collaborate with the public, 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).