R&E Blog

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….”

International Perspectives on COVID-19 and University Research

With the prospect of a vaccine now becoming a reality, thoughts are already turning to recovery, and how we can build a better post COVID-19 world.  It is in this context that several notable reports have recently emerged, among them this one commissioned by Springer Nature. Unequivocal in its recognition of the role of University research … Continue reading “International Perspectives on COVID-19 and University Research”

Résumé for Researchers

Opening up conversations about researcher evaluation  Résumé for Researchers has been created to support the evaluation of individuals’ varied contributions to research. Find out more about the background to the tool in The Royal Society blog here.  Sustained excellence in research requires a range of contributions By creating a working environment that is both challenging and … Continue reading “Résumé for Researchers”

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”

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 … Continue reading “Research Policy News, September 2020”

Introducing the Government’s R&D Roadmap 2020

Following its budget promise to increase R&D spending to £22B by 2024/5 (and 2.4% of GDP by 2027) the UK Government launched its R&D Roadmap on 1st July, 2020. Light on detail, the roadmap, reaffirms the government’s longer-term spending commitments and sets out a list of development areas to realise its ambitions. Business led innovation … Continue reading “Introducing the Government’s R&D Roadmap 2020”

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…”