Universities Week 2012 Impact Report, call for submissions
As part of Universities Week 2012 (30 April – 7 May), Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Universities UK (UUK) are seeking submissions for a ‘Research, Development and the Olympics impact report’
20 Dec 2011
RCUK welcomes the Innovation and Research Strategy
Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcomes today, 8th December, the Government’s new Innovation and Research Strategy. The strategy sets out the Government’s approach to boosting investment in innovation and enabling UK success in the global economy.
8 Dec 2011
RCUK invitation to submit proposals for festivals events 2012-13
Research Councils UK (RCUK) is inviting researchers to submit proposals for events to take place at festivals in 2012-13.
1 Dec 2011
RCUK welcome new £200 million capital investment in science
Research Councils UK (RCUK) are delighted to welcome the new £200 million pound capital investment in science announced today (29 November) by the Chancellor George Osborne during his Autumn Statement.
29 Nov 2011
Engage 2011: the conference for public engagement in higher education
With higher education undergoing a period of intense change, what is the role of public engagement in addressing these challenges? How can universities better demonstrate the value of what they do? These are some of the questions that will be explored at the conference ‘Engage: making an impact,’ in Bristol on 29th and 30th November 2011.
25 Nov 2011
RCUK-India partnership: from £1 million to £80 million in three years
Speaking at an event in New Delhi, India on Tuesday 15 November the UK Universities and Science Minister David Willetts highlighted the pivotal role RCUK India has played in developing an impressive UK-India research portfolio.
25 Nov 2011
RCUK Research Outcomes System now available
The Research Councils UK (RCUK) Research Outcomes System (ROS) has today (24 November) been launched. It is a web based system through which researchers and research organisations can supply information about the outcomes of their research to Research Councils.
24 Nov 2011
SSC Payroll Team win Payroll Team of the Year Award
Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcomes the news that the RCUK SSC Ltd Payroll Team was announced winner of the Payroll World Team of the Year 2011 Award this month.
23 Nov 2011
Professor Paul Boyle elected first President of Science Europe
Professor Paul Boyle, Research Councils UK (RCUK) International Champion and Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has today (21 October) been elected as the first President of Science Europe.
21 Oct 2011
RCUK respond to NAO Value for Money study on the Shared Service Centre
Research Councils UK (RCUK) today (21st October) welcome the recommendations made in the NAO’s Value for Money study of the project to establish the RCUK Shared Service Centre (SSC).
21 Oct 2011
RCUK welcome the International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base 2011 report
Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcome the results of International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base 2011 which found the UK research base to be the most productive in the world.
19 Oct 2011
Appointments to UK Research Councils 2012
The Appointments Panels for five of the UK Research Councils are inviting applications to fill a number of vacancies on their governing Councils which are expected to arise during 2012.
17 Oct 2011
UK Young Engineer of the Year takes inspirational trip
Andrew Cowan, 19 from Sutton Grammar School for Boys in Surrey, was awarded the title of UK Young Engineer of the Year at the annual National Science and Engineering Competition earlier this year where he competed against over 300 other budding scientists. Part of Andrew’s prize was a trip to the world renowned Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma provided by Research Councils UK (RCUK).
22 Sep 2011
New funding call: Public Engagement with Research catalysts
Research Councils UK (RCUK) today (12 September) announce a new funding call for embedding public engagement with research in UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). This new funding opportunity follows on from the success of the Beacons for Public Engagement initiative which is due to end in December 2011.
21 Sep 2011
Two weeks left to apply for G8 Research Councils Initiative on Multilateral Research Funding call
The application deadline for the second call of the G8 Research Councils Initiative on Multilateral Research is Friday 30 September 2011. Proposals are invited on the topic of Interdisciplinary Program on Material Efficiency.
16 Sep 2011
New group to look at expanding access to research
Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcome the establishment of a new independent working group to examine access to research findings
This new working group will help in the endeavour to make publically funded research available to the public now and remain accessible for future generations.
15 Sep 2011
RCUK SSC Ltd finalists in 2011 National Business Awards
Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcomes the news that the RCUK SSC Ltd has won a place among the 2011 National Business Awards finalists.
2 Aug 2011
RCUK, HEFCE and UUK joint statement on impact
Research Councils UK (RCUK), the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Universities UK (UUK) today (21 July) issued a joint statement on impact. The statement recognises the range of benefits that come from excellent research and states a commitment to continue working together to build on that excellence.
21 Jul 2011
Report of the e-Infrastructure Advisory Group
Research Councils UK (RCUK) today (13 July) released the report of the e-Infrastructure Advisory Group. It sets out the findings and recommendations of the e-Infrastructure Advisory Group into the activities and recommendations put forward by the 2009 RCUK International Review of e-Science and the 2010 report Delivering the UK’s e-Infrastructure for Research and Innovation.
13 Jul 2011
RCUK hosts meeting of heads of research councils from the G8
From 10 to 12 July Research Councils UK (RCUK) is hosting a meeting between the heads of research councils from the G8. Now in its thirtieth year, the meeting is an opportunity to discuss research policy, funding and international cooperation.
8 Jul 2011
G8 Research Councils Initiative on Multilateral Research Funding – new call
The second call of the G8 Research Councils Initiative on Multilateral Research is now open. Proposals are invited on the topic of Interdisciplinary Program on Material Efficiency.
6 Jul 2011
Researchers in Residence
From 13 January 2012 Research Councils UK (RCUK) will no longer fund the Researchers in Residence (RinR) scheme. Since the scheme’s inception 17 years ago the opportunities in the sector for researchers and schools to engage with each other have greatly increased.
4 Jul 2011
Professor Rick Rylance begins term as Chair of RCUK
Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) today (1 July) begins his term as Chair of Research Councils UK (RCUK) Executive Group.
1 Jul 2011
RCUK welcomes review of HE industry collaboration
Research Councils UK (RCUK), today (28 June), welcomes the announcement in the Higher Education White Paper of the review into how UK universities can improve their collaborations with business and industry.
28 Jun 2011
Growing organs, making blood and living under the sea: the university research that will change the way we live
Big Ideas for the Future looks at 100 ground breaking pieces of research from all fields, including science, social sciences, engineering and the arts and the humanities.
16 Jun 2011
Big Ideas for the Future – cast your vote!
Universities Week 2011 is almost here and a national poll has been created which asks what research is going to have the most impact in the future in the field of health. The survey features case studies from a new report from Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Universities UK (UUK) called Big Ideas for the Future.
8 Jun 2011
Research Councils UK and HEFCE work together on Open Access
Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) have announced plans to work together to ensure greater open access to published research.
25 May 2011
New film shows impact of public engagement with research
Research Councils UK (RCUK) have today (25 May) released a new film that shows how engaging with the public is important for research.
25 May 2011
RCUK welcomes new Intellectual Property guide for universities
Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcomes the new Intellectual Asset Management for Universities guide launched today (19 May) by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).
19 May 2011
RCUK response to the Hargreaves Review
Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcomes the findings of the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth, published today (18th May). The review looks at how the Intellectual Property Framework contributes to growth and identifies barriers.
18 May 2011
RCUK welcomes Royal Society openness in science study
Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcomes the launch of the new Royal Society study on the use of scientific information. Science as a public enterprise: opening up scientific information will look at how scientific information can be best managed to improve the quality of research and build public trust.
13 May 2011
BBSRC Bioenergy Champion responds to Committee on Climate Change’s Renewable Energy Review
Duncan Eggar, BBSRC Bioenergy Champion and chair of the RCUK Cross Council Bioenergy Strategic Coordination Group said “The Research Councils welcome the Committee on Climate Change’s report: Renewable Energy Review.
12 May 2011
RCUK response to Public Attitudes to Science 2011 survey
The results of the Public Attitudes to Science 2011 survey released today (2 May) shows most people believe that science and research make a valuable contribution to society and they are keen to learn more about it.
2 May 2011
Response to the Nuffield Council on Bioethics report on Biofuels
Responding to the Nuffield Council on Bioethics report on Biofuels, Duncan Eggar, BBSRC Bioenergy Champion and chair of the RCUK Cross Council Bioenergy Strategic Coordination Group said "The ethics of biofuel research and development are very important and it is timely to draw all of these issues together in this helpful report, which we welcome.
13 Apr 2011
UK-India Research Collaboration Deepens
Developing fuel cells and researching how to make rural more living sustainable are two challenges being tackled together by the UK and Indian Governments.
13 Apr 2011
Research Councils UK Delivery Plan Published
Research Councils UK (RCUK) today, Thursday 7th April, has published its new delivery plan. The plan sets out the programme of collective activities for the period 2011-2015, building on the strategic objectives set out in the RCUK Strategic Vision.
7 Apr 2011
Changes to rate of indexation
As part of the Research Councils annual review of indexation, the rates for the next three financial years are now confirmed.
1 Apr 2011
ROCG Chair and Membership
The Research Councils are seeking nominations for a Chair and Members of the Research Organisation Consultation Group (ROCG).
30 Mar 2011
RCUK welcome new £100 million investment in research
Research Councils UK (RCUK) is delighted to welcome the new £100 million investment in research facilities announced by the Chancellor George Osborne during his budget today (23 March).
23 Mar 2011
Big Ideas for the Future, call for submissions
As part of Universities Week 2011 (13-19 June), Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Universities UK (UUK) are seeking submissions for ‘Big Ideas for the Future’.
23 Mar 2011
Efficiency 2011-15: Ensuring Excellence with Impact
Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today (21st March) has published a new report detailing plans to drive efficiency in research funding.
21 Mar 2011
Professor Paul Boyle speaking at International Partnerships in HE Conference
Research Councils UK (RCUK) is pleased to support the ‘International Partnerships in HE Conference’ which is focused on the educational and economic impact of international partnerships.
17 Mar 2011
New Chair of RCUK announced
Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has been elected as the new Chair of Research Councils UK (RCUK) Executive Group.
14 Mar 2011
New Concordat between RCUK and DCLG
A new Concordat has today (8 March) been signed by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
The Concordat will bring together researchers and experts with government officials to share knowledge and stimulate further research.
8 Mar 2011
£28 million boost to UK’s biggest study of babies and young children
Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcome the landmark £28.5 million commitment from the Government Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) to the largest ever UK-wide study of babies and young children. This investment adds to the £5 million awarded to scientists at University College London (UCL) by two leading research councils, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC).
1 Mar 2011
RCUK welcomes announcement of REF weighting of research impact
Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcomes the announcement that the weighting of research impact in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) will initially be 20 per cent and increasing thereafter.
1 Mar 2011
Best of UK research showcased during March
The origins of life, social networking, space exploration and future energy supply are just some areas of research that will be showcased by the Research Councils during March and in particular during National Science and Engineering week from 10 – 20 March.
1 Mar 2011
RCUK response to UK Border Agency visa reforms for researchers
RCUK welcome the effort and thought that has gone into understanding the need to encourage the best researchers from around the world to come and work in the UK. The new system introduced by the UK Border Agency combines rigour and responsibility with flexibility.
22 Feb 2011
Research strategy launched to help meet food security challenge
The UK’s major public funders of national and international food-related research have today (10 February) published their co-ordinated plan for research to help the world avoid a potential food security crisis.
10 Feb 2011
2010 RCUK User Satisfaction Survey results are positive and encouraging
Research Councils UK (RCUK) have made significant progress in meeting the needs of user communities since the last User Satisfaction Survey was conducted in 2007. The findings show that Research Councils have made improvements across a broad range of strategic and operational areas.
2 Feb 2011
Update from RCUK Wakeham Implementation Group
The RCUK Wakeham Implementation Group was set up in order to consider the Councils’ response to the Wakeham Report (June 2010). The economic climate has been rapidly evolving even since the report was launched and, as part of the December 2010 Research Council budget allocation announcements, there are expectations that substantial savings will be made in the areas looked at by the Wakeham Review.
31 Jan 2011
Recruitment and appointment of ESRC committee and panel members 2011
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are inviting applications from suitably experienced persons to be members of their Committees and Panels.
27 Jan 2011
RCUK response to independent review of researcher skills development (Hodge Review)
Research Councils UK (RCUK) announced, on 6 January 2011, the outcomes of a review led by Professor Alison Hodge MBE to consider the progress made in implementing the recommendations related to researchers’ skills and career development made by Sir Gareth Roberts in SET for Success in 2002.
19 Jan 2011
RCUK Energy Programme "excellent" says independent panel
An independent panel of international experts has judged the RCUK Energy Programme to be "excellent". The panel found that the Energy programme delivers good return on investment and that the excellent international reputation of UK research in energy is deservedly earned.
18 Jan 2011
2010 was an innovative, varied and exciting year across the Research Councils
Over the last year, the Research Councils have invested in new schemes, partnerships, people and facilities to increase the impact of research. This Year in RCUK 2010 is a celebration of just some of the impressive activities the Research Councils have led and supported over the last year.
13 Jan 2011
RCUK welcome government proposals for new Technology and Innovation Centres
Research Councils UK (RCUK) welcome the new Technology Strategy Board Technology and Innovation Centres prospectus which was today (6 January) endorsed by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Secretary of State for Business Dr Vince Cable and Universities and Science Minister David Willetts.
6 Jan 2011
Independent assessment of progress implementing recommendations of ‘Roberts’ Review’
Research Councils UK (RCUK) today (6 January) announce the outcomes of a review led by Professor Alison Hodge MBE to consider the progress made in implementing the recommendations which related to researchers skills and career development made by Sir Gareth Roberts in his ‘SET for Success’ report in 2002.
6 Jan 2011