Engagement Forum Report of Discussions


Research England held two Engagement Forums, on 28 June and 4 July in London and Manchester. The main aim of these events was to introduce Research England to the higher education sector and share developing thoughts on our vision, mission and strategic priorities. The events also provided an opportunity for senior representatives of universities and sector bodies to meet with the leadership of Research England and UKRI.

Both events followed a programme of introductory talks from David Sweeney, Executive Chair of Research England, and Rebecca Endean, Strategy Director at UKRI, followed by Q&A.1 The plenary sessions were followed by ten facilitated discussion sessions on specific topics, with a closing plenary session to draw together recurring or cross-cutting themes from the day.

The facilitated discussions provided an opportunity to discuss key themes and priority issues for Research England and UKRI and the sector. Research England was keen to gain feedback from the sector, to inform Research England’s future strategy, policies and activities. Each discussion was held either four or six times over the two forums. Through these sessions, we engaged with 30 to 60 senior representatives of the sector and sought their advice and insight. A short, combined record of these discussions is provided in the downloadable document, below.