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RCUK Reports

These publications report on our past and future performance and contain information on how we are delivering our objectives. The reports within this area also focus on the outputs from research and how we achieve Excellence with Impact.

Archived versions of these documents can be found in the publications archive area


RCUK commissioned insight on public audiences

RCUK commissioned an independent contractor to undertake work that enables the Research Councils to better tailor their communications and engagement activities and track long-term trends in changing attitudes, sentiment and engagement.

April 5, 2017
RCUK and UK SBS Satisfaction Surveys

RCUK and UK Shared Business Services (SBS) periodically review user satisfaction for grant services, ensuring feedback is gained from key customer groups. The outputs from these reviews can be found here.

February 14, 2016
Shaping the Future: UK-China Collaborative Research

The RCUK China team have produced Shaping the Future, a new publication to promote the achievements and impact of Research Council programmes in China.

July 20, 2015
RCUK User Satisfaction Survey 2014

Every two years, RCUK carries out a User Satisfaction Survey to determine and understand how the Research Councils are meeting the needs of users of research, and to identify areas for improvement.

July 9, 2015
Inspiring Change: Impact Highlights of UK-India Research Partnership

RCUK India enables a strategic, sustainable research alliance between the UK and India, which is built on the principle of equal partnership. Researchers from both countries are addressing global priorities such as energy access, climate change and public health.

May 12, 2015
Engaging with China

RCUK China was established in 2007 to enhance research funding partnerships between the UK and China. We aim to support the best researchers in the UK and China to develop high quality, high impact research partnerships.

April 12, 2015
Review of the implementation of the RCUK Policy on Open Access

RCUK committed to a number of independent reviews of the implementation of the RCUK Policy on Open Access during the transition period of five years. The first review, chaired by Professor Sir Bob Burgess, took place in 2014 and covered the first 16 months of the policy’s implementation.

March 26, 2015
Impact of Doctoral Careers

The Impact of Doctoral Careers is an in-depth report which confirms the crucial role doctoral graduates play in UK businesses.

January 28, 2015
RCUK Impact Report 2014

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

January 19, 2015
Research and Business: a productive partnership

Investing £3 billion per year in research funding and training, which supports 2,500+ research projects, and 30,000 highquality researchers at any one time - this is a world-class UK resource for your business to engage with.

July 21, 2014
RCUK Impact Report 2013

This reports show that the UK research base is not only at the cutting edge of scientific and academic discovery, but also is doing more to translate this into practical wider benefits. This helps to keep us ahead in the global race.

March 11, 2014
Inspiration to Engage: Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research

Inspiration to Engage: Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research showcases compelling examples of public engagement practice across the higher education and research sectors

November 28, 2013
Innovation and the Research Councils

This booklet Innovation and the Research Councils highlights how UK research is vital to boosting innovation for economic and business growth.

March 11, 2013
RCUK Impact Report 2012

The RCUK Impact Report 2012 details the various activities through which the Research Councils are working together to achieve greater impact, and complements the individual Impact Reports prepared by the Research Councils.

January 24, 2013
RCUK User Satisfaction Survey 2012 Final Report

This report presents the findings and conclusions from the 2012 user satisfaction survey, with feedback on progress since the 2010 survey.

December 18, 2012
RCUK Dialogue Review

An independent review of RCUK’s public dialogues to identify the common features of public responses that are evidently replicated across multiple and variable dialogue contexts.

November 6, 2012
A Synthetic Biology Roadmap for the UK

This publication, produced by an independent panel of experts for the government’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills, sets out a shared vision for realising the potential of synthetic biology in the UK.

July 13, 2012
RCUK Impact Report 2011

This report details the various activities through which the Research Councils are working together to achieve greater impact.

January 4, 2012
Analysis of Researcher Development Reports 2011

This analysis summarises responses to RCUK’s 2011 survey of research organisations (ROs) regarding the impact of Roberts funding to date.

September 19, 2011
Big Ideas for the Future report

Big Ideas for the Future looks at 100 ground breaking pieces of research from all fields, including science, social sciences, engineering and the arts and the humanities.

June 16, 2011

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