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Here you can find press releases from RCUK.

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Older press releases can be found on the National Archive copy of this website.


RCUK system outages

Due to essential maintenance, the RCUK website and Gateway to Research (GtR) may be unavailable on Saturday 8 April 2017 from 09:00-13:00 (GMT). We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to keep disruption of service to a minimum.

07 April 2017
We want your feedback on Gateway to Research

In the last few months the Gateway to Research website has seen some important developments to improve the search function and the information that is provided. Now we are seeking insight from the people that use the website to make more changes.

30 March 2017
RCUK Policy and Guidelines on the Governance of Good Research Conduct

From 1 April 2017, the RCUK Policy and Guidelines on the Governance of Good Research Conduct have been updated in response to recommendations and for consistency with the policy of the Wellcome Trust.

28 March 2017
Impact of £3.4Bn investment demonstrates the UK place as a global leader in research and innovation

Research Councils UK has launched reports detailing the impacts of a collective investment of £3.4Bn in 2015/16. This investment drives economic growth by helping to deliver the UK’s Industrial Strategy of increasing productivity, creating high-value industry, jobs and a skilled workforce.

27 March 2017
Hundreds of up-and-coming scientists demonstrate their research at House of Commons

More than 200 early career scientists presented their research in a poster competition to dozens of politicians, and a panel of experts, at the House of Commons this week. The STEM for BRITAIN competition, which is co-sponsored by Research Councils UK, saw entries from across the sciences.

15 March 2017
Apprentice Levy

Any Research Organisation submitting an feC Proposal to the Research Councils can now recover the costs of the new Apprentice levy. The Research Councils have agreed that the cost of the Levy can be recovered by adding the levy charge through direct staff costs.

13 March 2017
UK's Research and Innovation bodies welcome Budget

The announcement of the first tranche of challenges to be supported by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) and additional support for high skilled research talent has been welcomed by the UK’s Research and Innovation leaders.

08 March 2017
Hoax (Phishing) grant award emails warning

We are aware that some researchers, predominantly outside of the UK, have received emails claiming to the be from ‘The Research Council, United Kingdom’ regarding successful research grants.  The email asks for information to be provided to allow the grant to be paid. This is a phishing email and is not from Research Councils UK or any of the individual UK Research Councils.

16 February 2017
Leading UK research showcased at AAAS meeting

A host of leading UK scientists and academics will be presenting their research at the prestigious annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston, MA from 16–20 February 2017.

13 February 2017
RCUK system outages

Due to system maintenance this website may be unavailable on 11 February from 0900-1400 GMT. This maintenance will also affect other Research Council services, including the Peer Review extranet and recruitment application system which may be become unavailable during this period.

10 February 2017
Professor Sir Mark Walport named as first chief executive of UKRI

The Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson, has announced that Professor Sir Mark Walport will be the Chief Executive Designate of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

02 February 2017
ISCF workshop materials published as PM launches Industrial Strategy

As details of the UK’s new Industrial Strategy are shared, engagement with business and the research community on one of its key programmes is already well underway.

24 January 2017
First round of Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund engagement begins

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund was announced by the Prime Minister at the 2016 CBI Annual Conference. It will help identify and develop UK industries that are fit for the future, driving progress in technologies where the UK can build on our existing areas of industrial and research strength.

16 January 2017
Doctoral Stipend Levels and Indicative Fees for 2017

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has announced doctoral stipend levels and indicative fees for 2017. For planning purposes, research organisations should note that whilst the GDP deflator remains the basis for determining indicative fee levels, it will remain under review.

04 January 2017
Research Councils appoint new Director of International and Interdisciplinary Research

RCUK has announced the appointment of Professor Stuart Taberner to the new role of Director of International and Interdisciplinary Research. Prof Taberner’s role will be to lead the development and delivery of RCUK international strategy and to strengthen collective Research Council planning and delivery for the Global Challenges Research Fund.

12 December 2016
Interdisciplinary Research - Methodologies for Identification and Assessment

A report by Digital Science published today, raises questions important to the production of better indicators of research activity. Indicators used included measures derived from analysis of the text of grant applications, the text of research papers, publications cited in these papers, and the departmental affiliations of the authors of these papers.

08 December 2016
RCUK welcomes announcement on EU postgraduate research student eligibility

EU students eligible for RCUK support under current rules will continue to be eligible if currently undertaking or about to start in the 2016/17 academic year.

01 December 2016
Publication of progress report on research integrity concordat

The progress report demonstrates that an engaged community has developed around the concordat and highlights the excellent work being done in universities to create a strong and supportive culture around research integrity.

25 November 2016
Research Councils welcomes new research funding in the Autumn Statement

In his Autumn Statement today the Chancellor of the Exchequer outlined a new National Productivity Investment Fund that will add an extra £2 billion a year for research and development by the end of this Parliament.

23 November 2016
RCUK welcomes Prime Minister's CBI speech

In her first speech to the CBI Annual Conference today, Prime Minister Theresa May  has announced investment worth £2billion per year by 2020 for research and development.

21 November 2016

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