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Controversial embryo study would be allowed in UK

Leading geneticist Robin Lovell-Badge has said that a change in Japanese rules enabling researchers to grow human cells in an animal embryo is “significant” in the context of that country but such research would already be permitted in the UK.

NERC wants to talk about public engagement strategy

The Natural Environment Research Council is calling for input on its planned strategy to encourage public engagement with environmental research.

Lack of research ‘hides sexual misconduct problem’

A dearth of research on staff-to-student sexual misconduct in universities is masking the problem, according to a group of researchers.

Clinical academic to lead health research watchdog

Paediatrician and academic Terence Stephenson has been appointed chair of the Health Research Authority, the national agency responsible for the governance of clinical trials.

Augar’s fee proposals damaging for research funding, say peers

The Augar review’s failure to assess the potential impact of its recommendations on how research is funded has led to a “distorted” view of higher education’s financial health, according to a House of Lords report.

National AI lab aims to transform healthcare

Health minister Matt Hancock has announced £250 million in funding for a laboratory looking at the application of artificial intelligence in the National Health Service.

Social care research boosted by annual funding call

The National Institute for Health Research is to launch an annual call specifically focused on social care research, with a £3-million funding pot for the first round



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Social scientist Ian Diamond, who led an overhaul of Welsh university funding, has been named as the UK’s national statistician.

Nesta appoints Gurumurthy as chief executive

Former civil servant Ravi Gurumurthy is to become chief executive of the UK innovation charity Nesta.

Scottish Government review critical of UK post-study visas

The UK’s post-study work offer for international students is significantly less attractive than competitor nations, with UK policies moving in the opposite direction to those of its international counterparts, a review has found.

UKRI launches £98m healthy ageing research fund

UK Research and Innovation has launched the Healthy Ageing Programme, a £98 million strand of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund that aims to increase research that will support the UK’s ageing population.

Life sciences industry wants clarity on no-deal funding

More detail is needed on the government’s promise of additional funding to ensure continuity in the supply of medicines in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the life sciences industry has warned.

Health data projects welcomes new members

An alliance aimed at providing researchers with better access to health data has recruited a group of hospital trusts, research bodies and medical research charities to increase the range of information available.


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Nesta Newsletter

There are plenty of reasons to be hopeful about government innovation

Around the world, there are positive examples of innovation in government and powerful ideas that could shape the near future. Geoff Mulgan.

Has reporting on women in the creative industries changed?

Greater space has been afforded to women’s thoughts and opinions in the media’s reporting on the creative industries. But gender imbalances remain. Cath Sleeman.

We need smarter data for inclusive innovation

Data can sometimes reinforce old ways of thinking. New forms of evidence are needed to help us better understand inclusive innovation policy. Juliet Ollard, Madeleine Gabriel, Chantale Tippett

Research Professional Updates

Researchers applaud Johnson’s comments on bioscience

Scientists have welcomed prime minister Boris Johnson’s suggestion that Brexit could liberate the UK’s biosciences from stringent European Union regulations.

Johnson wants shake-up of immigration system

Prime minister Boris Johnson has said he is planning an overhaul of immigration, amid concerns from research and business leaders over the effects of Brexit on their ability to recruit skilled staff from abroad.

Skidmore steps down as science minister to join health department

Chris Skidmore is leaving his job as science and universities minister to join the Department of Health and Social Care.

NIHR Updates

New NIHR Applied Research Collaborations to tackle the biggest challenges faced by the health and care system
The NIHR has announced a £135 million investment in 15 new NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs), which will join up some of the country’s best universities, leading innovators and local authorities to solve some of the biggest issues facing health and social care over the next five years. Read more

NIHR and Wellcome partnership boosts global health research
Some of the world’s poorest people will benefit from a new multi-million pound partnership that will fund research tackling major health concerns in low income countries. NIHR and the Wellcome Trust have joined forces to increase the number of high quality research projects in countries with limited resources. Read more

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Funding for third wave of challenge fund announced

The much anticipated announcement of funding for the third wave of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund has outlined government spending of £500 million to tackle challenges ranging from plastic pollution to cybersecurity.

Parts of Augar report ‘regressive’

Higher education review panel member says some graduates will suffer from recommendations.

Jo Johnson wins back job at education department

Jo Johnson, younger brother of prime minister Boris Johnson, has been appointed to a cabinet-level job as minister of state at both the education and business departments, according to a tweet from Downing Street.

Johnson praises UK scientists in first speech as prime minister

Boris Johnson has highlighted the importance of the UK’s research base in his maiden speech as prime minister.

Pilot programme hopes to increase UK-India partnerships

Students at UK universities will have the chance to collaborate with Indian institutions under a mobility programme launched by Universities UK International and the British Council in India.