In July 2020, the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) was asked to launch a new Taskforce to advise on the future of UK Research and Development (R&D). The Taskforce, requested by UK Research and Innovation, will consider how partnerships between universities and businesses can be strengthened and maximised to drive growth and prosperity.

The Taskforce will meet for the first time today, Friday 14th August, with a further two meetings to be scheduled in September and October. Supported by four advisory groups, the main Taskforce group is bringing together senior leaders from across industry and academia.

The R&D Roadmap Taskforce consists of:

  • Sam Laidlaw, Chair of NCUB and Chair of the Taskforce
  • Tera Allas CBE, Director of Research and Economics, London at McKinsey & Company
  • Lord Karan Bilimoria, President of CBI
  • Sir Ian Davis, Chairman of Rolls Royce
  • Jan du Plessis, Chairman of BT
  • Scot Gardner, Vice President Global at Cisco
  • Anne Glover CBE, CEO and co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners
  • Sir Jonathan Symonds CBE, Non-Executive Chairman of GSK
  • Thomas Thune Andersen, Chairman of Orsted
  • Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, Vice-Chancellor and President of Brunel University London
  • Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University
  • Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice- Chancellor of Keele University
  • Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow
  • Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford

We will be announcing additional members of the Taskforce shortly.

The Taskforce will focus on how to continue the progress of universities and business in working through their stability challenges, whilst rising to the challenges set out in the UK Government’s Research and Development Roadmap published in July 2020. It will help the country recover economically and delivering the Roadmap’s long-term and important ambition that will have very significant implications for universities, businesses and the country as a whole.

In October 2020 NCUB will submit a formal report with advice and recommendations to UK Research and Innovation.

Through September, NCUB will be organised a series of events and opportunities for NCUB members to feed into the Taskforce and shape the recommendations back to UKRI. If you would like to get in touch to discuss the Taskforce, please email us via