Nesta Update

There will be no ‘back to normal’ – How will the COVID-19 pandemic shape our lives in years to come? Many of us may be struck by the uncertainty of the answer.

Those anticipating a return to pre-pandemic normality may be shocked to find that many of the previous systems, structures, norms and jobs have disappeared and will not return. As we all look to adjust to an emerging new world, Nesta has brought together various – often opposing – views about how things might change.

Innovators need practical support, as well as cash – Conversations with our portfolio of innovators have revealed the types of support they need to successfully respond to COVID-19. Providing non-financial support, such as coaching or expert legal advice, is as crucial to helping them as cash.

Three ways to get online learning right – Delivering learning experiences remotely needs careful consideration. COVID-19 has prompted educators, training providers and employers to shift online. Here’s what they should prioritise


About CCCU Research Development

Research Development (RD) is part of the Department of Enterprise, Employability and Research Development. RD is responsible for ensuring that Research and Enterprise is of the highest quality and meets all required internal and external standards, including managing the institutional submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). RD leads on development and implementation of the institutional research and enterprise integrity policies, processes and best practice. It also hosts the institutional Staff Researcher Development Programme and the Early Career Researcher Programme SPARC, and is responsible for the annual Research Internship programme. RD provides strategic and targeted support for academic staff to seek and secure funding for their research and innovation activities. This includes identification of core funding opportunities and support for proposal development, alongside strategic advice and support for faculties to develop their research portfolio and capacity.

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