The Exchange of Early Career Researchers between Universities and Businesses in the UK
- Thursday, 17 December 2015 10:24
- By National Centre for Universities and Business
Researchers and their capabilities are a fundamental asset of the national innovation system and underpin all of the aspirations of the Government’s Plan for Growth: Science and Innovation (BIS, 2014a).
Researchers drive the openness of the innovation system and the excellence of the science base, they deploy, develop, and maintain the excellent research facilities that make the UK a research destination for foreign talent, and they carry the weight of collaboration and knowledge exchange.
Despite this key role in the translation of science into welfare, few of the actions in the Plan are aimed at researchers directly, and more specifically at how to enable researchers to build a career that fulfils this role. Only recently, the Dowling Review of University Business Collaboration (BIS, 2015), acknowledges the critical function of researchers as direct translators of the excellent knowledge created within the UK research base into economic growth and welfare.
This report, commissioned by RCUK, brings a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced at work by those who start their career in a research role in academia.