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RCUK to co-host the Global Research Council 2016 annual meeting

Research Councils UK yesterday announced that they will co-host next year’s Global Research Council (GRC) annual meeting with the Indian Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB). The GRC is a virtual organisation comprised of the heads of research funding agencies from around the world, and two members bid each year to co-host its annual meeting.

May 29, 2015
Unlocking the future: Open Access communication in a global research environment

RCUK and the British Library, on behalf of the Global Research Council, hosted a workshop in April 2015 to bring together publishers, funders, libraries and other stakeholders from across the world to discuss perspectives on open communication in a global research environment. A note of the meeting, speaker presentations and the report are now available.

May 27, 2015
Updated RCUK guidance for funding applications involving animal research

Funders and the peer review process have an important role in assessing the validity, necessity and justification of research grant proposals in relation to the funding body’s research strategy and ethical framework. When research involving animals is proposed, funders have a duty to assess as part of the peer review the need to use animals, the appropriateness of the species and model chosen, and robustness of the planned experimental design and statistical framework.

April 15, 2015
Winners of global #ShareMyThesis competition announced

The #ShareMyThesis competition, which gave PhD students the opportunity to tell the story of why their research was important, gained huge interest with over 2,000 people participating across the globe.

March 27, 2015
RCUK signs collaborative agreement with South Africa’s National Research Foundation

Research Councils UK are delighted to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between RCUK and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. It is the first time that Research Councils UK and the NRF have come to such an agreement.

March 27, 2015
The Impact Awards 2015

The Impact Awards are now open for entries, until April 16 2015, and recognise outstanding contributions to facilitating the achievement of business, society and international impacts. KEC is an extremely important element to the innovation process, as it is those working in this field that bring ideas to life and pursue some of the tangible benefits of excellent research.

March 26, 2015
RCUK publishes first independent review of its open access policy

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today published the first independent review of the implementation of the RCUK Policy on Open Access. Chaired by Professor Sir Bob Burgess, former University of Leicester Vice-Chancellor, the review received an excellent response from the research community, with over 85 submissions of written evidence highlighting how the policy is working in practice.

March 26, 2015
Evidence of the nature, scale and beneficiaries of research impact released

Co-funded by RCUK, a new analysis of impact case studies from the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) shows that research carried out by the UK’s universities has wide and varied benefits to the economy, society, culture, policy, health, the environment and quality of life, within the UK and overseas.

March 25, 2015
Research Councils Diversity Data

RCUK published a statement of expectations on Equality and Diversity in January 2013 outlining our commitment to ensuring that the best potential researchers from a diverse population are attracted into research careers. Building on this we have initiated a programme of activities which includes analysing and publishing our own diversity data. 

March 24, 2015
Research, Innovate, Grow - RCUK’s vision for future investment in the UK research base

Research Councils UK (RCUK), the UK’s biggest investors in public sector research, are committed to ensuring the UK remains the best place in the world to do research, innovate and grow business.

March 23, 2015
RCUK welcomes the steps taken in today’s budget to increase Institute flexibility

The measures provide certain exemptions from central government constraints around pay, procurement and marketing. Increasing RCUK flexibility in financing research and researchers will contribute to our ability to maintain the UK's world leading position in research.

March 18, 2015
Prizes for the next generation of researchers at the Big Bang Fair

Research Councils UK are delighted to announce that A-level student, Maria Thankachan, was the recipient of the RCUK-sponsored ‘Best Use of Research Prize’ for young people at the Big Bang Fair 2015.

March 17, 2015
RCUK welcomes the appointment of Ruth McKernan as new Chief Executive of Innovate UK

Dr McKernan is due to take up her post in May 2015 after spending 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry, holding senior positions at Merck and Pfizer on both sides of the Atlantic.

March 13, 2015
RCUK announces 2015/16 Block Grant for Open Access

Research Councils UK has announced the amounts that it will be paying to institution in the block grant to support the implementation of its open access policy.

March 5, 2015
RCUK announce Hilary Reynolds as first ever Executive Director

Research Councils UK is delighted to welcome Hilary Reynolds as its first ever Executive Director. Hilary will take up her position as Executive Director on March 2 after being selected from an exceptional field of candidates.

March 2, 2015
Nurse Review advisory group members announced

Universities, Science and Cities Minister Greg Clark has today announced members of the advisory group for his review of the Research Councils. The aim of the review is to ensure the UK builds on its reputation as a world leader in research and innovation, and continues to deliver high impact, high quality research that contributes to economic growth and prosperity. 

February 26, 2015
RCUK and PraxisUnico Impact Awards for KEC Professionals Opens for Entries

RCUK and PraxisUnico are working together to highlight how the excellent work being done in this field contributes significantly to the UK’s position as a world-leading destination to research, innovate and grow business.

February 16, 2015
RCUK Report confirms the vital role of doctoral graduates within UK businesses

The Impact of doctoral careers report states that over three quarters of UK employers believe that losing doctoral graduates from their workforce would have a major impact on their business and one in five consider doctoral graduates to be ‘business critical’.

January 28, 2015
RCUK competition invites you to share your thesis

RCUK, in partnership with the British Library’s EThOS service and Vitae, would like to give you the opportunity to get involved with the #ShareMyThesis competition.

January 23, 2015
Research Councils UK Doctoral Stipend Levels and Indicative Fees for 2015

National Minimum Doctoral Stipend for 2015/16 is £14,057. Research Councils UK Indicative Fee Level for 2015/16 is £4,052.

January 21, 2015

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