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Researchers, innovators and local authorities to realise vision for future cities

Announced by Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson, The Urban Living Partnership will harness the broad spectrum of UK research and innovation expertise to help cities realise their aspiration of healthy, prosperous and sustainable living.

September 23, 2015
Winners of Impact Awards 2015 announced

The University of Leicester has been crowned the Overall Winner 2015 and winner of the Contribution to Business category at the inaugural Impact Awards 2015 for their work in developing a commercial consultancy and industry research from their 3D laser vibrometry facility. Other category winners were: Public Health England (Contribution to Society) and Lancaster University with the University of Liverpool and Inventya Ltd (Outstanding KEC Initiative). 

September 17, 2015
RCUK launches new funding scheme to embed public engagement within UK universities

RCUK is delighted to announce the successful awards for its Public Engagement with Research Catalyst Seed Fund (CSF).This funding will help to catalyse change by ensuring that engaging the public becomes an integral part of the research process. 

September 15, 2015
Report published with research and business advice to Research Councils on large facilities

The UK academic and business community have made recommendations for the Research Councils’ science requirements for the Diamond Light Source, ISIS and the Central Laser Facility that are managed by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

September 7, 2015
Outstanding impact to be celebrated with awards

The winners of the Impact Awards for knowledge exchange and commercialisation professionals, run by Research Councils UK and PraxisUnico, will be announced at a ceremony in Central Hall, Westminster on 15th September 2015.

September 3, 2015
Young Scientist of the Year reaches for the stars with top astronomers

The 2015 UK Young Scientist of the Year will today enjoy an unforgettable personal tour of the Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory, one of the best locations for astronomical observations in the world - a prize organised by RCUK.

September 2, 2015
RCUK sets out 2015 arrangements for Open Access monitoring

Research Councils UK has today set out the arrangements for monitoring compliance with its Open Access Policy during 2014-15. The reporting also asks institutions in receipt of the RCUK Block Grant to support open access to set out how it has been used.

August 26, 2015
RCUK sets out 2015 arrangements for Open Access monitoring

Research Councils UK has today set out the arrangements for monitoring compliance with its Open Access Policy during 2014-15. The reporting also asks institutions in receipt of the RCUK Block Grant to support open access to set out how it has been used.

August 26, 2015
RCUK seeks feedback on good practice guidelines for open research data

Research Councils UK, on behalf of the UK Open Research Data Forum, has today published a draft Concordat on Open Research Data, which sets out expectations of good practice in publishing research data openly.

August 17, 2015
Research Councils UK responds to Burgess Review

Research Councils UK has today published its response to the independent Review of the implementation of the RCUK policy on Open Access, chaired by Professor Sir Bob Burgess. In implementing the recommendations, RCUK will establish a Practitioner Group drawn from those working with the policy in institutions, publishers and learned societies.

July 29, 2015
RCUK Water Showcase proves a huge success

On June 30, 2015, the Natural Environment Research Council and the Science and Technology Facilities Council sponsored the highly successful Research Councils UK Water Showcase on “Water for Future Cities”. The showcase was produced as part of the UK Water Partnership and was attended by a diverse audience of approximately 200 people from industry, government, civil society organisations and the research community.

July 22, 2015
Professor Philip Nelson elected next Chair of RCUK Executive Group

Professor Philip Nelson, Chief Executive of EPSRC, has been elected as the next Chair of the RCUK Executive Group. Prof Nelson will take on the role from 1 October when the current Chair, Prof Rick Rylance, steps down.

July 20, 2015
RCUK launches three-month internship opportunity for PhD students

Research Councils UK has today launched a policy internship scheme for PhD students to enable them to gain experience of how research can inform policy making. The internships Research Council Policy Internships provide an opportunity for PhD students funded by the UK Research Councils.

July 20, 2015
Impact Awards for KEC Professionals Shortlist highlights Successes & Strategies

The shortlist for the 2015 RCUK/PraxisUnico Impact Awards for Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) professionals highlights the vital role played by KEC professionals working alongside their academic colleagues.

July 3, 2015
Presentations available from Research, Innovate, Grow 2015

The RCUK event highlighted some of the ground-breaking and innovative research funded by the seven Research Councils through interactive exhibits, with the researchers involved talking about their work with attendees.

July 3, 2015
RCUK welcomes the publication of the Dowling review

RCUK welcomes Dame Ann Dowling's Review of Business-University Research Collaborations published today. RCUK has an essential role in the innovation ecosystem, both through investing in world-class research, and in partnership with organisations such as Innovate UK, the UK Higher Education funding bodies, users and other government departments.

July 2, 2015
Research Councils showcase the first Research, Innovate, Grow conference

Today, more than 300 business leaders, entrepreneurs, world-leading researchers, parliamentarians and policymakers will gather at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster for an exciting and interactive showcase event, which demonstrates the Research Councils’ ambition to ensure the UK remains the best place in the world to do research, innovate and grow business.

July 2, 2015
RCUK launches film to demonstrate the UK as the best place in the world to do research, innovate and grow business

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has launched a short film highlighting some of the exciting and innovating research funded by the seven Research Councils, demonstrating our ambition to ensure the UK remains the best place in the world to do research, innovate and grow business.

June 25, 2015
Impact Awards 2015 Finalists

RCUK and PraxisUnico are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2015 Impact Awards for Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) professionals. The Impact Awards reward and recognise knowledge exchange, technology transfer and commercialisation professionals who have excelled in enabling and facilitating the achievement of impact from the outcomes of research.

June 12, 2015
Evaluation of the Newton Fund tender open

An incredible opportunity has just come up to lead the evaluation of the Newton Fund – the £375 million initiative supporting scientific collaborations between the UK and 15 partner countries over the next five years.

June 1, 2015

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