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  • Rolling out the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, a £4.7 billion four-year programme to strengthen private sector innovation and enable the UK to derive greater economic benefits from its world-leading science base
  • Investing a £30 million fund in the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships to nurture a deep pool of commercially-minded research talent
  • Facilitating the growth of industry-led research, powered by multi-disciplinary research and business-academic collaboration
  • Supporting growth and productivity by linking science, innovation and industrial enterprise

  • Increasing synergies between the research councils, InnovateUK and Research England under the umbrella of the £4.7 billion Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund
  • Navigating Brexit negotiations to secure an ongoing collaboration with the European Research Council to remain in the Horizon 2020 and European Research Funding framework
  • Outlining the vision and next steps in ground breaking research to drive innovation and contribute to economic regeneration

  • Creating opportunities for public policy professionals and academics to learn from each other
  • Ensuring that research in regional areas is equally funded in alignment with the National Interest and Industrial Strategy
  • Achieving greater standardisation, more streamlining and a broader approach to excellence
  • Designing REF to reflect how early career researchers want to be treated


  • Achieving greatest concentration of high-quality research of any higher education institution in the UK
  • Building purpose built labs to house specialist research facilities including supercomputing, microscopy and mass spectrometry laboratory
  • Forming a successful partnership with The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in translating discoveries for patients
  • Submitting world-class research studies on the genes and basic mechanisms of cancer and the R &D of new drugs and ways of delivering enhanced radiotherapy

  • Investing in emerging technologies to underpin the development of new industries
  • Capitalising on the £68 million investment from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for robotics and artificial intelligence projects
  • Utilising £45 million to set up four new research hubs to drive research excellence
  • Working with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for developing robotic technology to enable safer working environments in space and deep mining

  • Developing understanding of the collaboration system between academia and industry in the UK
  • Using high quality research as the best tool to inform the choices of stakeholders when deciding how to support these academic- industrial joint activities
  • Understanding the needs of industry for graduate skills

  • Discussing STEM company start up strategies and the role of lead customer R&D contracts in bridging the valley of death
  • Minimising investor dilution and building major UK based companies
  • Understanding the role of Government as a lead customer and the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)
  • Designing public sector programmes to contribute to the Industrial Strategy through the procurement of innovation: Lessons learnt from best practice in the public and private sectors

  • Conducting the ‘Review of Skills’ to help identify the successful practices and challenges in linking academic skills with future employment practices
  • Informing universities, e​mployers and policy makers on what are the current opportunities for graduates
  • Discussing how future employment opportunities for students can be maximized
  • Highlighting the importance of  work experience programmes, the rise of ‘graduate attributes’ frameworks, the critical role of careers services
  • Increasing employer engagement in course design and delivery and initiatives to meet local skills requirements and potentially enhance local graduate retention

  • Facilitating the REAP panel in collaboration with MIT to develop an entrepreneurship strategy for scientific research projects in Wales
  • Initiating the Be the Spark Movement to combine research with innovative, real-world business practices to produce more commercially minded graduates and create a more prosperous nation
  • Creating a network of innovators, investors and academic talent to transform innovative research into tomorrow’s iconic products and businesses

  • Understanding the outlines of the Next EU Framework Programme (FP9) from 2021 – 2027 following the H2020 mid-term review
  • Securing continued access to EU research and innovation funding streams, such as the Horizon 2020 programme
  • Continuing to collaborate with European academic institutions to foster innovative research
  • Protecting UK HE’s ability to recruit and retain academic talent and support staff from around the world