The ‘COVID Decade’ (?)

Many of you will be interested in the British Academy’s recent report, ‘The COVID Decade: Understanding the long-term societal impacts of COVID-19‘. As Professor Sir David Nadine (President of the British Academy) notes in its foreword, “[t]he pandemic affected everyone and everything at once: our relationships with each other and with the people of other countries; … Continue reading “The ‘COVID Decade’ (?)”

How to handle impact in EPSRC proposals – with N8 and EPSRC

On February 25th, the EPSRC hosted a regional roadshow in conjunction with N8 – the collaboration body for the northern research-intensive universities. The aim of the roadshow was two-fold: (1) to spell out and explain EPSRC’s approach to regional engagement and place-based research and innovation; and (2) (and against this background) to outline EPSRC’s latest thinking … Continue reading “How to handle impact in EPSRC proposals – with N8 and EPSRC”

Tees Valley and County Durham Climate and Fairness Panel – reflections….

For those who missed it, the progressive think IPPR recently released a report on the deliberations of the Tees Valley and County Durham Climate and Fairness Panel – one of just four such panels to be convened nationally. Bringing together a diverse and regionally representative group of people, the Panel was tasked with answering the following … Continue reading “Tees Valley and County Durham Climate and Fairness Panel – reflections….”

Response to the impact of Covid-19 on PGR students’ research

A letter from Prof Simon Hodgson has been sent to all PGR students outlining the approach to help manage and mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 restrictions on student’ studies, together with the planned actions.  The letter, entitled ‘Letter to Research Students – 20th October 2020’ can be found in the RIS SharePoint site, together … Continue reading “Response to the impact of Covid-19 on PGR students’ research”

A chance to do impact properly…

Last Friday’s news that UK Research and Innovation will remove the pathways to impact section from its grant applications, in which researchers predict the social and economic benefits of their work, was surprising. The announcement contrasts with the government’s commitment to deliver an industrial strategy, and with science minister Chris Skidmore’s assertion the same day … Continue reading “A chance to do impact properly…”