Tag: innovation

  • A flurry of reports and announcements

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    This week has seen the launch of some key initiatives from the Research Councils (RCs). The first is the publication of the application and success rates by age and gender for each of the RCs with a commentary to add context. This forms part of the Equality and Diversity Strategy for RCUK and these tables will be updated annually. The second initiative has been the launch of the Research Innovate Grow message to highlight the key role the RCs play in ensuring the UK remains the best place in the world to do research, innovate and grow business. […]

  • Our need for industry in delivering benefits from research

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    The issue of Nature last week contained a special supplement on Innovations in the Microbiome. The microbiome is something I have become increasingly fascinated with, starting from early realisations of its importance whilst at GlaxoSmithKline, through to the work BBSRC sponsors at the Institute of Food Research and in universities. It was interesting to read the article by Nestlé, who sponsored the supplement, charting their interest in probiotic bacteria and the microbiome. Much of this work is done in conjunction with academia and indeed much of it could not have been done by Nestlé alone. But similarly, the academic researchers have needed Nestlé to translate their work into applications with industry and consumer benefit. […]

  • Uniting to champion research, innovation and growth

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    Over the past few months I have been working with colleagues from across the Research Councils  to pull together the fabulous impact stories that we have to tell from the research that the Councils have invested in over the past spending review period.  As ‘impact champion’ for the Research Councils it has been an interesting experience to see how important it is to tell these impact stories in a clear way that doesn’t blind people with the great science that underpins them. […]

  • Value, impact and a misfiring laptop…

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    Last week was extremely busy and varied, starting in Swindon and ending in Manchester. The recurrent themes for the week were value and impact. I attended a meeting of the Foundation for Science and Technology which discussed how best to maximize the value of UK strengths in research, innovation and higher education. There were some interesting perspectives put forward by the speakers including the continued need for cultural change, including an increase in risk taking,  in both academia and industry to realize the UK’s true potential; the fact that British companies have adapted to the changing business environment but not actually changed their modus operandi and really driven innovation; how the impact agenda including schemes from ourselves and other research councils has begun to drive people thinking about the broader outcomes of research not just in economic terms, and good examples of academia-industry interactions such as the National Structural Integrity Research Centre were mentioned. […]