In this blog, James Baker, CEO of Graphene@Manchester, reflects upon how a change in the UK’s approach to research and innovation, particularly when it comes to advanced materials, could support the economy to get back on its feet in the wake of Covid-19. In recent weeks, Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has gone […]
Rethinking public engagement with health
Public engagement with health research and science is an issue of growing public importance. With a worrying trend towards ‘anti-science’ perspectives resulting in serious outbreaks of preventable disease, it is essential to consider bringing the wider public into the consultation and communication of health research and knowledge. Here, Sheena Cruickshank, Lamiece Hassan, and Emily Dawson […]
The pros and cons of university innovation and exploitation
Paul O’Brien, Professor of Inorganic Materials at The School of Chemistry and The School of Materials, at The University of Manchester discusses innovation and exploitation within UK Universities. Universities exist in my opinion for three reasons: to provide education; to create new knowledge and understanding; and to benefit society through vocational training, transferable ideas and/or […]
VIDEO BLOG: The opportunities of health devolution
In light of the newly announced investment in research and development of cancer medicines, Professor Ian Greer talks about Greater Manchester’s devolved health and social care budget and the opportunities this brings for linking up discovery science with clinics and commissioners across the region.
Policy Week: What is citizen social science, and how can it help policy?
The Citizen Social Science Research Methods programme based at the University of Manchester held an innovative forum about how citizen science can be used to tackle complex policy challenges as part of Policy Week. The session was chaired by Liz Richardson of the University of Manchester and speakers included: Dr Sheena Cruickshank, Dr Kingsley Purdam, […]
Policy Week: Can Researchers Speak Truth Unto Power?
This packed policy week event convened a lively discussion about how best to engage in dialogue with policymakers when communicating research around contentious policy areas. The panel was chaired by Professor Francesca Gains, and included Martin Stanley the author of ‘How To Be a Civil Servant’, Dr Patrick Diamond of Queen Mary’s University London and […]
The role of font type in policy implementation
How can information best be conveyed to influence behaviour? Choosing the right font type is surprisingly important, explain Dr Debbie Smith, Dr Andrew Manley and Professor Dame Tina Lavender. What do you take into account when trying to get your message across? The information to be communicated, of course. How to express it – using […]
Picking a research winner
What research will the next government back and how should it choose? asks Professor Andrew Westwood. As we approach the General Election, the discussions of the research community in universities tend to focus on how to preserve the ‘science ringfence’ and the ‘dual support system’ (funding through both the Research Councils and the Funding Councils). […]