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This part of the blog features news and information about higher education policy and how BU’s research is influencing policy.

UK Government policy week on the Blog: R&D People and Culture Strategy

The R&D People and Culture Strategy was published by the UK government in July 2021. The strategy sets out the government’s ambition to build the research and innovation workforce the UK needs, working in a positive and inclusive culture. People are at the heart of research and innovation. This strategy sets out a vision for… Read more »

UK Government policy week on the Blog: UK Innovation Strategy

Innovation is central to the largest challenges the world faces, from climate change and an ageing society to global pandemics. Universities work closely with businesses, charities and others to support research and facilitate commercialisation. The interaction between universities and business is therefore vitally important for innovation. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)… Read more »

UK Government policy week on the Blog. What is ARIA?

ARIA stands for Advanced Research and Invention Agency and is set to be the Government’s newest funding agency. “But don’t we already have UKRI” I hear you say? Well yes, but ARIA will supposedly complement the work of UKRI, while building on the government’s ambitious R&D Roadmap published in July 2020. ARIA will exclusively focus… Read more »

UK Government policy week on the Blog: UKRI and Research England

This week on the BU Research Blog we are taking a close look at the UK Government’s policies and mechanisms to support research. We will look at the R&D Roadmap, the Advanced Research & Invention Agency (ARIA), the levelling-up agenda, the UK Innovation Strategy, and the R&D People & Culture Strategy. Today, we’re looking at UKRI… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 25th November 2021

Welcome to your two-week round up on the biggest HE news. Fees and funding We’re still expecting imminent announcements on funding structures, linked to the lifelong loan entitlement, but possibly going further with at least hints about the future (or non-future) for the Augar recommendations and other changes to the funding structure.  BU readers can… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 12th November 2021

Here’s our round up of the news from the last couple of weeks. Parliamentary News David Thomas, a co-founder of the Oak National Academy, has been appointed as a part time policy adviser to Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi. His policy brief will focus on recovery, academies and remote education. Former free school founder Mark Lehain has been… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 8th October 2021

Parliament was still in recess whilst the Conservative Party Conference takes place. We have the news from the Conference, some movement on Essay Mills and several new reports.  And we have a big primer on student finance, ahead of the budget. Conservative Party Conference After the first day of the Conservative Party conference Wonkhe speculate… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 1st October 2021

It’s conference season, so official news is thin,  However we have a fascinating change in roles and responsibilities for HE, some updates from the Labour conference and some good news about research funding. Ministerial sharing Late on Friday Parliament confirmed that Michelle Donelan’s role will be renamed Minister of State for Higher Education and Further… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 24th September 2021

Lots of people news – the latest high profile sector appointments announced as the ministerial shuffling finishes. The Commons sessions highlight the cost the Freedom of Speech Bill may have for the HE sector and there are briefings, reports and lots of interest surrounding student financing. All change, please! Haven’t they just had a ‘holiday’?… Read more »

Early Career Researchers Network Meeting

We’re kicking off the new academic year with a meeting for all Early Career Researchers on Wednesday 22nd September from 15:30 – 16:30 This is a great opportunity to get to know other researchers across BU.   It’s a friendly, supportive environment for raising all sorts of questions, and hearing about other’s research-related experiences, and… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 17th September 2021

Mid-week parliamentary excitement as Boris reshuffles his ministers. Williamson is out… The UPP Foundation have a new report challenging the Government’s metrics which work against the regional levelling up agenda. The Free Speech Bill continues its march through the Commons and … Cabinet Reshuffle After months of on/off speculation about a reshuffle, we finally got… Read more »

Reflections on an Academic Fellowship with the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (POST).

An Academic Fellowship with POST provides a unique opportunity to work with a range of teams and committees within the UK Parliament. Whilst much of the description of this role focuses on writing briefings for parliamentarians, assisting with a select committee inquiries or carrying out research -my own experience was very different. So, my advice… Read more »

HE policy update – w/e 10th September 2021

Hello everyone!  After a long (not always hot) summer, we are pleased to be back with a catch up of all the summer news to get you ready for the exciting policy things we have to look forward to.  Some of it was highlighted in the Secretary of State’s speech at the UUK conference this… Read more »

Dr. Ann Luce honoured in Malaysia on World Suicide Prevention Day

Dr. Ann Luce, Associate Professor in Journalism and Communication in FMC and her colleague, Dr. Ravivarma Rao Panirselvam, a psychiatrist in the Ministry of Health at Hospital Miri were honoured by The Honorable Dato Sri Hajah Fatimah Abdullah, Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development in Sarawak, Malaysia earlier today (September 10th)… Read more »

Finance – London under threat

One of the City of London’s main lobby groups, TheCityUK, has warned that London’s position as a leading global financial centre is under threat without reforms to tax and labour rules. The group has published a new international strategy that seeks to return the UK to being the world’s leading international financial centre within five years. The strategy underlines the… Read more »

Dr. Ann Luce to present at Public Health/NHS South West Regional Summit

Dr. Ann Luce, Associate Professor in Journalism and Communication in FMC will present at the Public Health England and NHS England South West Regional Suicide Prevention Summit tomorrow, 3rd September in honour of World Suicide Prevention Day which is on 10th September. Dr. Luce will be presenting with Kirsty Hillier, Head of Communications for Dorset’s… Read more »