Tag: policy

  • International Women’s Day 2017: Be Bold For Change

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    Awareness of the importance and benefits that derive from equality, diversity and inclusion have increased in recent years – and this is very welcome. However, I was alarmed to read that the World Economic Forum predicted in their 2015 Global Gender Gap Report that at current rates of progress it will take another 169 years to close the gender gap – which is far, far too long. In response, the 2017 International Women’s Day campaign theme is #BeBoldforChange. This campaign is calling on each of us, irrespective of gender, to take bold action to accelerate progress towards gender parity and a better working world. […]

  • Stakeholder engagement, research reproducibility and au revoir Tim Benton

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    At BBSRC we understand how important our relationships with academics, policy makers, end-users and civil society are.

    To deliver our vision of leading world-class bioscience, promoting innovation and realising benefits for society in the UK and beyond we need to work constructively with a huge range of different people and organisations. Some of those interactions are at the highest levels in Government, while many of them, no less important, are at the day-to-day level of delivering investments in bioscience.

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  • The EU referendum – a reflection

    Uncategorized | Melanie Welham

    A few weeks have passed since my last blog, during which time much has happened, most significantly the EU Referendum. You may have seen that RCUK has recently released a statement on international collaboration and I wanted to use this opportunity to touch on some impacts of the referendum result.

    The outcome of the referendum has brought a great deal of uncertainty to the UK in general and the research community in particular – there are many questions around what the UK’s position will be regarding Horizon 2020, future framework programmes, joint programming initiatives, the ERC; will existing grants be honoured by the EU – or potentially underwritten by the UK government; what will the status of EU nationals working in research teams at institutions across the UK (and UK nationals in the EU) be in the future – and many more. […]

  • My penultimate blog – equality and diversity

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    This is my penultimate blog and it is timely to focus on the issue of diversity and inclusion for one last time. Hilary Reynolds, Executive Director of RCUK, and Andrew Thompson, interim CE of AHRC, will be jointly taking on the role of Equality and Diversity (E&D) Champion for the RCs when I leave so I am sure that the RCUK action plan, agreed by the CEs of the Research Councils and endorsed by the Minister for Universities and Science, is in safe hands. The plan will be officially launched in the coming months and will be at the centre of an event in May but much of what it contains is already being actioned within individual Research Councils. […]