Tag: Research and innovation

Response to Education and Skills Committee’s inquiry on Horizon 2020

Universities Scotland has submitted a briefing on the funding of Horizon 2020 to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee. The Committee, chaired by James Dornan MSP, asked for input on the future of the programme, which funds research and innovation projects across Europe. Up until September 2017, Scotland gained some €438 million in funding from the programme….

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Response to feedback request from funding bodies on Research Excellence Framework development

Universities Scotland has responded to a request by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for further input on the development of Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. Following our response to the original consultation in March, HEFCE, which runs REF on behalf of all the funding bodies in the UK, asked for further feedback regarding staff and…

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HEFCE Knowledge Exchange Framework: good practice in research contracting response

The HEFCE-universities knowledge exchange framework aims to support a culture of continuous improvement in universities. As part of this work, and looking UK-wide, HEFCE requested evidence on good practice and key issues in research contracting. To read our response click here.

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Consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The four UK higher education funding bodies consulted on detailed arrangements for research assessment in a second Research Excellence Framework (REF). The consultation sets out proposals on implementation of the next REF, building on the REF2014 and delivering the principles identified in Lord Stern’s Independent Review of the REF. To read Universities Scotland’s response to…

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Response to European Commission’s interim evaluation of the Horizon 2020 programme

Horizon 2020 is the EU Research and Innovation programme running over 7 years (2014-2020). The European Commission undertook an interim evaluation of the programme to assess the progress of the different components of Horizon 2020 and to understand the achievements, efficiency and EU added value of the programme. The consultation closed on 15 January 2017….

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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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