Research Policy News, September 2020

UKRI data shows positive success rates in smaller HEIs

Research Professional suggests smaller less research intensive universities have the same likelihood of winning of funding as those in research intensive institutions. Read the article here and book onto one of our research funding workshops.

Regional Disparities in Research Funding

Research Professional find little has changed in the last 40 years in terms of regional allocations of research funding – see the article here. The levelling up agenda looks set to address this – look at some of the recommendations that would enable levelling up in the NESTA report on The Missing £4 Billion

Wellcome Trust – Changing Research Culture

As part of their work on reimagining research cultures, Ben Bleasdale from the Wellcome Trust has written on whether COVID-19 could change research culture for the better.

If you are interested in finding out more about responsible research and innovation, why not book on to one of our workshops.

Reducing the Bureaucratic Burden of Research

On 10 September, Ministers Donelan and Solloway, and Lord Bethell, announced a series of wide-ranging measures aimed at relieving the administrative and bureaucratic burden on the research, innovation and higher education sectors.

The measures proposed – which span all aspects of sector operations – represent a bold attempt to “support the research, innovation and higher education sectors through this challenging and uncertain time”.

Measures of note include:

  • A new funding scheme to cover up to 80% of a university’s income losses from a decline in international students.
  • A new £200m investment to support researchers’ salaries across the UK – bolstered by a further £80m redistributed from existing UK Research and Innovation funds.
  • A significant streamlining of current research and innovation grant schemes.
  • Major reforms to the way student level data is collected and used.
  • And “a radical, root and branch review” of the NSS.

Alongside these measures, the Government has called on all HE providers to engage in their own fundamental review of internal systems and processes. There is, surprisingly, no mention of REF.