Research England blog

Do we need Cambridge in London to build the ecosystem?
10 February 2021
Do we need Cambridge in London to build the ecosystem?

There are often UK headlines about an “MIT of the north” - so why not the University of Cambridge setting up a centre to drive the London ecosystem? 

By Alice Frost
Enabling local R&D systems to drive growth
07 December 2020
Enabling local R&D systems to drive growth

This is part two of a two-part blog on R&D, innovation and regional growth, following an academic forum hosted by WM-REDI and UKRI that discussed the evidence that should inform the government’s place R&D strategy. Part one is available here.

From great R&D to better outcomes for the UK
30 November 2020
From great R&D to better outcomes for the UK

This is part 1 of a two-part blog on R&D, innovation and regional growth, following an academic forum hosted by WM-REDI and UKRI that discussed the evidence that should inform the government's place R&D strategy.

Inclusivity in the performance arts
26 October 2020
Inclusivity in the performance arts

A number of pioneering projects at the University of London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (Central) are championing inclusivity and accessibility within the performance arts industry.

Unlocking research talent and potential
22 October 2020
Unlocking research talent and potential

Chris Millward and Steven Hill explain the background to a new funding competition to improve access and participation in postgraduate research study.

Real-time REF Review kicks off
28 September 2020
Real-time REF Review kicks off

Study will assess in real-time the attitudes and perspectives of the UK's higher education research community towards the REF 2021

By Steven HIll
Superclusters – the UK may need to think big in its Silicon Valley
09 October 2020
Superclusters – the UK may need to think big in its Silicon Valley

A universities-Research England group is currently exploring whether London is an “ecosystem” of the likes of Silicon Valley or Boston in the USA.

Evidencing the effect of the Covid crisis on Universities and Innovation: why the UCI-NCUB survey matters
25 August 2020
Evidencing the effect of the Covid crisis on Universities and Innovation: why the UCI-NCUB survey matters

The survey that UCI-NCUB are currently conducting on the effects of covid on university KE is vital evidence to inform responses to the R&D roadmap, but its sector wide outcomes will also be invaluable to funding, delivery and to universities themselves.

By Alice Frost
Firm foundations to rise to the challenges
29 July 2020
Firm foundations to rise to the challenges

Research England confirms this week increased funding for KE with Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) rising to £250 million per annum and with greater flexibility in its use and accountability to enable responses to the current crisis.

By Alice Frost
Collaborating to collaborate: interim results of the Connecting Capability Fund
10 March 2020
Collaborating to collaborate: interim results of the Connecting Capability Fund

Our Connecting Capability Fund (CCF) is a distinctive programme focussed on stimulating collaboration between universities to achieve more effective commercialisation with external business partners.

By Alice Frost