Tag: skills and training

  • 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. […]

  • Agricultural innovation and academic-industry interactions

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    One of the best bits of my job is visiting researchers across the range of biosciences in the BBSRC portfolio. This week I went to Harper Adams University in Shropshire and had a fabulous time seeing the range of basic and applied research that they are undertaking. There is no doubt of the need for innovation in the agri-food chain to drive productivity, not just in the sector but for the UK. This was emphasised at the launch of Defra’s consultation on a 25 year strategy for food and farming by the Minister, George Eustice MP. Harper Adams is very well placed to be part of driving that innovation. […]

  • Research, Innovate, Grow

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    The last few weeks have been important for UK science. I was heavily involved working with a team across the Research Councils to stage the RCUK Research, Innovate, Grow event that was held on 2 July in Westminster. The aim of this event was to showcase the exciting research that the Research Councils invest in from both an academic and industrial point of view, identify key areas of focus and issues to address going forward. There were some really excellent talks including from speakers representing AstraZeneca, Rolls Royce, the Farr Institute, EMBL-EBI, Synthace, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and Innovate UK. […]