Research England blog

The institutions have spoken
14 June 2018
The institutions have spoken

Today, Research England released the results of a survey they ran in August last year in conjunction with the former RCUK, Wellcome and Jisc. Cambridge University was one of the 113 institutions that answered a significant number of questions about how we were managing compliance with various open access policies.

By Danny Kingsley
Collaborative research efforts can keep the UK at the cutting edge of the rail sector
05 July 2018
Collaborative research efforts can keep the UK at the cutting edge of the rail sector

Siemens’ Head of Innovation, Jo Binstead, looks at how collaboration between industry and academia can help the UK remain a world-leader in rail.

By Jo Binstead
Fighting cancer's drug resistance with an evolutionary approach to research
05 July 2018
Fighting cancer's drug resistance with an evolutionary approach to research

Dr Sam Dick of the Cancer Research Institute, London, talks about how a £30m grant from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund will go towards constructing a new multidisciplinary Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery.

By Dr Sam Dick
How the Maxwell Centre is bringing together the full spectrum of science and engineering in west Cambridge
06 July 2018
How the Maxwell Centre is bringing together the full spectrum of science and engineering in west Cambridge

Professor Sir Richard Friend, Cavendish Professor of Physics, Director, Maxwell Centre, University of Cambridge explains how funding from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund has helped create new activities in science and engineering in Cambridge.

By Professor Sir Richard Friend
Research England – Staff circumstances and submissions to REF 2021
31 August 2018
Research England – Staff circumstances and submissions to REF 2021

Draft guidance on making submissions to the Research Excellence Framework (REF), published in July 2018, proposes how researchers’ personal circumstances should be accounted for when making submissions for the next REF.

By Dianne Berry, Kim Hackett
Busting REF myths
03 September 2018
Busting REF myths

We’ve heard many REF myths in our time, and with the publication in July of the draft guidance and criteria, we’ve been keeping our ears to the ground to stay alert for any that are gathering particular momentum.

By Kim Hackett, Catriona Firth
REF consultation round-up
16 October 2018
REF consultation round-up

Kim Hackett and Catriona Firth reflect on the responses they have received in response to the REF 2021 Draft Guidance and Panel criteria.

By Kim Hackett, Catriona Firth
Interdisciplinary research and the Research Excellence Framework
15 October 2018
Interdisciplinary research and the Research Excellence Framework

Professor Dame Athene Donald, chair of the Research Excellence Framework Interdisciplinary Research Advisory Panel, sets out the proposals for IDR assessment as set out within the guidance and criteria.

By Athene Donald
REF and Open Access
05 October 2018
REF and Open Access

Anna Grey, Research Strategy and Policy Manager at the University of York, talks about REF submissions and Open Access in our latest blog

The missing ingredient in innovation: patience
09 July 2018
The missing ingredient in innovation: patience

The following article from Professor David Gann of Imperial College, with Mark Dodgson of Queensland University, re-published from the World Economic Forum, describes why ‘patient capital’ is so crucial for universities and government working to achieve a target of 2.4 per cent investment in research and development by 2027.

By Mark Dodgson, David Gann, Alice Frost