Tag: Research and innovation

Scottish Government Debate: How Scotland’s Innovation Centre Programme is Driving Innovation in Scotland

The Scottish Government held a debate in the Scottish Parliament on How Scotland’s Innovation Centre Programme is Driving Innovation in Scotland on 17 November 2016. Universities Scotland are supportive of the working of Innovation Centres and the work they do. Our briefing contains key messages, testimony from business, our views on the Reid Review and…

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Response to the Science and Technology Committee inquiry on the role and priorities of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) interim chair

The Science and Technology Committee hold an introductory evidence session with Sir John Kingman, the interim Chair of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), on 12 October 2016. UKRI is the single strategic body proposed in the Higher Education and Research Bill, to bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK, and Research England. We are…

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Response to The Science and Technology Committee inquiry into Managing intellectual property and technology transfer

Universities work to commercialise research in order to produce beneficial economic impact and as a part of their broader missions to deliver benefit to society. This work, which includes licensing and spin-outs, is part of a much wider approach to economic impact delivered through higher education institutions (HEIs). Following a call for evidence from the…

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HE & Research Bill at Committee stage

Universities’ Scotland’s primary concern with the HE and Research Bill is to ensure that the new UK-wide structured proposed for research and innovation are required to act in the interests of the whole UK; have regard to the relevant policies of the devolved administrations; and have governance structures that reflect the interests of the whole UK.  We…

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Briefing for Second Reading of the HE and Research Bill, Westminster, 19 July 2016

The 2nd reading of the Higher Education and Research Bill takes place from 11.30 on Tuesday, 19 July led by Rt Hon Sajid Javid. You can find Universities Scotland’s brief for MPs here. The Bill directly affects Scottish HEIs in both their teaching and their research. We ask for the support of Scottish MPs throughout the passage of…

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Brief for 5 July House of Commons, Science and Technology Committee’s oral evidence session on Leaving the EU: Implications and opportunities for science and research

The Science and Technology Committee will examine the implications and opportunities of leaving the EU for science and research.  Among those giving evidence will be Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Chair of the Universities UK Research Policy Network and Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen. Universities Scotland has shared a brief with members of…

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Submission to the Innovation Centres Review

We have responded to the Independent Review of Innovation Centres Programme chaired by Professor Graeme Reid. This independent review focuses on the delivery of the original vision, aims and objectives of the Innovation Centres Programme. The review will look at the progress and likely success of individual Innovation Centres, recognising that the review comes relatively early in…

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