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Sector News

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Minister for Universities and Science on research following the EU referendum.


Statement from Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, on higher education and research following the EU referendum.

The UK has some of the best universities and researchers in the world, and international students, academics and researchers play a significant part in that success.

Future of Innovate UK investigated in new Lords inquiry

The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee has carried out an investigation into the future of Innovate UK, the UK's official innovation agency.

The government’s recent White Paper, Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice, announced that a new umbrella body UK Research and Innovation will be created, incorporating the Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England.

UK Research Councils tackle global challenges

Five of the UK Research Councils have announced the first calls from the new £1.5 billion Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

Worth more than £40 million, the new calls are in non-communicable diseases, global infection and agriculture and food systems. Specific challenges include reducing and preventing diseases in humans and farmed animals; ensuring a safe, nutritious and sustainable supply of food for a growing population; and improving the life-long health of billions of people in low and middle income countries.

Brexit: UK patients could miss out on latest medical innovations

Patients in the UK would miss out on groundbreaking clinical trials by voting to leave the EU, Britain's pharmaceuticals trade body has warned.

The European Union Clinical Trials Regulation, due to come into effect at the end of 2018, is set to harmonise procedures for the assessment of applications for clinical trials. The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) said Brexit would see patients in the UK fall out of this new system, leaving EU patients ahead in accessing the latest innovative clinical research.

First women only funding competition launched by Innovate UK

The government’s official innovation agancy Innovate UK has launched its first ever women only funding competition,

The agency is offering up to £200,000 to businesswomen who have exciting ideas and the potential to become leaders in innovation and part of a new ‘infocus’ initiative to encourage diversity in innovation.

Business Secretary welcomes appointment of Burberry Chair to lead Midlands Engine


Sir John Peace has been appointed to be the new Chair of the Midlands Engine.

He will lead the Midlands partnership which aims to drive up productivity and growth across the whole of the Midlands region from the Marches to the Wash.

Fast-tracking UK innovation: apply for business funding


Any business can apply for a share of £15 million to support cutting-edge R&D projects in any technology area.

Innovate UK has up to £15 million to invest in innovative research and development projects in an open competition targeted at a whole range of technology, engineering and industrial areas.

RSC event - Chemistry Means Business

15 - 16 June 2016 - LONDON

Chemistry Means Business is the Royal Society of Chemistry annual two-day event for industry, uniting SMEs, multinational organisations, investors, academic entrepreneurs and decision makers from across the UK and Europe. The event includes: 

·         A range of talks and workshops on the trends, insights and novel technologies in our sector.

Digital Catapult appoints new chief executive


Former chief executive of Sibelius Software Jeremy Silver is to be chief executive of the Digital Catapult technology and innovation centre.

Jeremy, whose roles have included chief executive at Sibelius Software, executive chair of Semetric Ltd and senior positions at Virgin records and EMI, takes up the post in June when existing chief executive Neil Crockett steps down.

Launch of OpTIC Space Incubation Programme

Glyndwr Innovations in partnership with UK Space Agency are holding a lauch event for the OpTIC Space Incubation Programme on wednesday 6 July at St Asaph.