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Study shows majority of researchers are participating in public engagement

Eight in 10 (82 percent) researchers carried out at least one form of public engagement in the past year, according to a new study commissioned by a consortium of 15 UK research funders, including the Research Councils.

02 December 2015
Research Councils welcome positive Spending Review settlement for research

The Research Councils welcome the Government’s recognition of the value of investment in research in today’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

25 November 2015
Research Councils announce an unconscious bias training programme for peer reviewers and funding decision-makers

Over a period of three years, beginning in January 2016, more than 1,300 people involved in peer review from all seven Research Councils will be given access to high quality training designed and developed by the Research Councils.

24 November 2015
The Nurse Review – Ensuring a Successful Research Endeavour - Research Councils statement

An independent review of the UK Research Councils, led by Sir Paul Nurse, is published today. The report, ‘Ensuring a Successful Research Endeavour’, reviews why and how the UK should undertake research.

19 November 2015
UK-India research gets bigger and better, with joint investment at more than £200 million

The value of investment in UK-India research from the UK Research Councils, the Government of India, and third parties now exceeds £200 million, following a joint £72 million boost to the portfolio during 2015.

13 November 2015
UK-China research partnership strengthens with new research programmes tackling global challenges

The UK Research Councils have announced a number of research programmes in partnership with Chinese funders to tackle major global challenges, as part of the State visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the UK this week.

22 October 2015
Partnership awards for UK and South African PhD students announced

Eleven partnership awards for PhD students in the UK and South Africa, funded by the UK Research Councils and the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) under the Newton Fund, have today been announced by the Science Ministers of the two countries.

19 October 2015
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.

23 September 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). 

17 September 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. 

15 September 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).

07 September 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.

03 September 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.

02 September 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.

26 August 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.

26 August 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.

17 August 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.

29 July 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.

22 July 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.

20 July 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.

20 July 2015

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