Brand relationships

It is important to be consistent in the way we talk about UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the relationships within our organisation and to other organisations. 

In this section you will find examples of text that should be used when writing or speaking about the relationships within UKRI. These descriptions have been developed for ease of use and to achieve consistency. 

Describing UK Research and Innovation

UK Research and Innovation is a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. We aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. We work with our many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas.

UK Research and Innovation describing its relationship with all nine councils

The list here is suitable for use by UK Research and Innovation ‘corporately’. Please select the one most appropriate to your needs:

  • UK Research and Innovation brings together nine Councils into a single organisation that aims to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. For more information visit www.ukri.org.
  • UK Research and Innovation brings together the UK Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England into a single organisation to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish. For more information visit www.ukri.org
  • UK Research and Innovation is a new organisation that brings together the UK Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England into a single organisation to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish. The vision is to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. For more information visit www.ukri.org

UK Research and Innovation describing its relationship with a single council

The list here is suitable for use by UK Research and Innovation ‘corporately’ when referring to a single council. Please select the one most appropriate to your needs:

  • <Council name> is part of UK Research and Innovation. For more information visit www.ukri.org or <councilabbreviation>.ukri.org 
  • UK Research and Innovation brings together nine councils, including <council name>, into a single organisation that aims to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. For more information visit www.ukri.org or <councilabbreviation>.ukri.org 
  • <Council name> is one of nine councils within UK Research and Innovation, a new organisation that brings together the UK’s Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England to create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish. The vision is to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. For more information visit www.ukri.org or <councilabbreviation>.ukri.org 
  • <Council name> is part of UK Research and Innovation, a public body funded by the UK government. For more information visit www.ukri.org or <councilabbreviation>.ukri.org 

A Council describing its relationship with UK Research and Innovation 

The list here is suitable for use by our Councils. Please select the one most appropriate to your needs:

  • <Your council name> is part of UK Research and Innovation (<councilabbreviation>.ukri.org).
  • UK Research and Innovation brings together nine Councils [including <your council name>] into a single organisation that aims to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. For more information visit <councilabbreviation>.ukri.org
  • <Your council name> is part of UK Research and Innovation, a new organisation that brings together the UK’s Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England to maximise the contribution of each council and create the best environment for research and innovation to flourish. The vision is to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. For more information visit <councilabbreviation>.ukri.org   
  • <Your council name> is part of UK Research and Innovation, a public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. For more information visit <councilabbreviation>.ukri.org  

Contact

UK Research and Innovation
Polaris House
Swindon
SN2 1FL

communications@ukri.org

Examples of where the relationship must be made clear include:

  • Job adverts, job descriptions, contracts of employment
  • Councils’ letterheads and compliment slip (for example, in the footer section)
  • Email signatures
  • Website footers and ‘About Us’ pages
  • Social media channels (for example, in the introductory notes)
  • Press releases (for example in the boilerplate)
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Official publications, for example magazines, brochures, exhibition materials.

In the following situations*, how the relationship is represented is mandated: 

  • All UK Research and Innovation business cards should carry the UKRI logo. For UKRI strategic centre, this is on the front of the card; for Councils it is on the reverse, replacing the RCUK logo. Templates are available on ERIC.  
  • All UK Research and Innovation people* should show only the UKRI version of their web address – <councilabbreviation>.ukri.org – and not the former ‘ac.uk’ or ‘gov.uk’ version.
  • When ready, all UK Research and Innovation people* should show only the UKRI version of their email address – fname.lname@<councilabbreviation>.ukri.org – and not the former ‘ac.uk’ or ‘gov.uk’ version.

*Council institutes are not in scope for these requirements; decisions relating to institute brands remain with each institute director.

In documents and publications, there are a number of ways of making clear the relationships within UKRI. 

  • Include one of the descriptors provided in the UK Research and Innovation brand guidelines
  • Include the UKRI logo in your document or publication, as you would when including the logo of a partner organisation.
  • Include a ‘locked-in logo’ which shows a Council logo alongside the UKRI logo – these are available to download from the branding section of the UKRI website (www.ukri.org/branding) 

The UK Research and Innovation brand guidelines do not prescribe which of these options you should use, as different situations will require different solutions. You should select the one most appropriate to your needs, the situation and the audience. If you are in doubt please contact jrs@jrs.ac.uk.

A suite of logo ‘lock-ups’ has been developed for use by UK Research and Innovation and our councils to illustrate visually our internal relationships. 

For each council, there is a ‘dual logo’ showing the council logo alongside the UKRI logo, an example of this logo lock-up is shown below:

For UK Research and Innovation, there is a ‘multiple logo’ showing the UKRI logo alongside the nine council logos. 

UKRI logo alongside the nine Council logos

Download the Council-UKRI logo lock-ups here (Zip, 1.6MB)

For individual use, please use the partners logos, available below: