Covid-19 has and will impact the future of UK research in many different ways. With the 2020 REF delayed and laboratories closed, there are many short-term changes to adapt to. However, the challenges facing research will be broad and long-lasting.
The government has indicated that research and innovation is a key priority, and has a target of 2.4% of GDP in research investment. In the wake of the global pandemic, will the government double down on this goal? To what extent will these plans be disrupted by the financial fallout of the crisis? And how can the sector best position itself both to support the UK recover and capitalise on new opportunities?
Universities UK’s annual, national conference on research and innovation will be chaired by Professor Julia Buckingham, President, Universities UK, and Vice-Chancellor, Brunel University London. The conference will also feature an address from Amanda Solloway MP, Minister for Science, Research, and Innovation.
The event aims to provide delegates with practical ideas and opportunities to discuss how to optimise the impact of research and innovation through effective strategy, partnerships, regulation, communication and engagement.
This conference will be held online over the course of two days. Alongside eight hours of informative, timely content from the most pertinent speakers on the topic, we will also be providing a wide range of opportunities to network, discuss, and make connections with colleagues within the sector.
You will also be able to access the recordings of all sessions after the event, including breakout sessions which you were unable to attend.
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Professor Julia Buckingham, Vice-Chancellor, Brunel University London
Chris Hale, Director of Policy, Universities UK
Beth Thompson, Head of Policy (UK and EU), Wellcome Trust
Isobel Stephen or Emma Lindsell, Executive Director, Strategy and Governance, UKRI
Agnes Estibals, Policy Manager – Europe, Universities UK International
Peter Mason, Policy Manager – Europe, Universities UK International
More speakers to be announced.
Choose one session to attend. Small group discussions to follow each session.
Rachel Bruce, Director open science and research lifecycle, UKRI
Steve Decent, Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Manchester Metropolitan University
Liam Earney, Executive Director, Digital Resources, Jisc
Helena Mills, Head of REF Policy or Kim Hackett, REF Director, Research England
Dr Karis Campion, Research Associate, University of Manchester
Dr Jason Arday, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Durham University
Speaker to be confirmed, Doctoral Candidate
This breakout session will hear from members of UK Council for Graduate Education’s working group: ‘Black and Minority Ethnic Participation in Postgraduate Research’ about the statistical patterns in BME participation at PGR level. What can we learn from effective practices that have encouraged and supported participation in postgraduate research?
Professor Paul Boyle, Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University
In conversation with Alexandra Jones, Director of Science, Research and Innovation, BEIS - invited
Amanda Solloway MP, Minister for Science, Research and Innovation
Speakers to be announced
Choose one, followed by networking discussion in smaller groups.
Bairbre Kelly, Head of Place Strategy for Science, Research & Innovation, BEIS
David Sweeney, Executive Chair, Research England
Dr Carolyn Reeve, Head of Policy on University Research and Knowledge Exchange, BEIS – invited