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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.

05 March 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.

02 March 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. 

26 February 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.

16 February 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’.

28 January 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.

23 January 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.

21 January 2015
RCUK demonstrates positive impact achieved throughout 2014

RCUK has published the RCUK Impact Report 2014, demonstrating how the Research Councils have worked together to achieve greater impact for the research, training and innovation they support.

19 January 2015
RCUK reaffirms its commitment to Pathways to Impact following review

RCUK has reaffirmed its commitment to Pathways to Impact and will require a clearly thought through and acceptable Pathways to Impact statement as a condition of funding in the future. This change will take effect for peer review panels which take place after 1st April 2015.

16 January 2015
RCUK highlight the opportunity to engage with UK Science Landscape Project

The aim of this project is to build a picture of the whole research landscape in the UK and to develop a stronger evidence base. Researchers are invited to contribute through the UK Knowledge Landscape Tool.

07 January 2015
2014: a year of groundbreaking discoveries in research

Throughout 2014, the Research Councils continued to fund excellent research that has a major impact on the economy and society, with the ambition of making the UK the best place to do research, innovate and grow business.

07 January 2015
RCUK states REF results reinforce the success of the dual support system

The success of the UK dual support system for university research was reinforced today as the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) were announced.

18 December 2014
Research Councils UK welcomes the Government’s Science and Innovation Strategy, published today, and the recognition it makes of the importance of research to the UK economy and society.

The Research Councils welcome the opportunity to work with Sir Paul Nurse to ensure that the UK research system continues to deliver high impact, high quality research that benefits economy and society in the UK and beyond.

17 December 2014
£6M joint investment in UK-BRAZIL research partnership announced

Research Councils UK (RCUK) is pleased to announce almost £6m in joint funding between the UK and Brazil for Research Partnerships under the Newton Fund.

17 December 2014
UK and Chile fund collaborative research and innovation

The UK and Chile governments have recently entered a bilateral partnership to support excellent research and innovation under the Newton-Picarte Fund. 

15 December 2014
Research Councils seek new Members for the Research Organisation Consultation Group (ROCG)

The Research Councils are seeking nominations for members of the Research Organisation Consultation Group (ROCG). The group, established in 2004, was originally to advise the Research Councils on the implementation of FEC but now enjoys a broader remit advising on all aspects of research funding administration and policy.

27 November 2014
Appointments to the Research Councils 2015

The Appointments Panels for six of the Research Councils are seeking applications from suitably qualified academics or experienced individuals to fill a number of vacancies on their governing Councils.

24 November 2014
ESRC CEO elected to Science Europe Governing Board

RCUK is delighted to announce that Professor Jane Elliott, Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council, was yesterday (20 November) elected unanimously to the Science Europe Governing Board.

21 November 2014
RCUK Sponsors Champion Award at WISE 2014 ceremony

On Thursday, November 13, the WISE Awards took place in London celebrating the achievements of women in science and engineering.

14 November 2014
Hauser report into Catapults outlines role for RCUK

RCUK welcomes yesterday’s publication of the Hauser Report outlining recommendations for the future of Catapult Centres. 

06 November 2014

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