Building research culture

Building research culture

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Chief Executive Mark Walport and Chairman John Kingman have outlined the organisation’s approach to strengthening research culture, by putting people at its heart.

In a speech to The Royal Society’s Research Culture: changing expectations conference, Professor Walport said research culture was a fundamental issue for UKRI.

He added: “People are at the heart of culture. Our job is to identify and support talent by providing sufficient time and financial resource to tackle hard problems,  by ensuring that they work in an environment that contains the right infrastructure, is supportive, and provides training, development and opportunities at every career stage.”

Transcript of full speech (PDF, 26KB)

UKRI Chairman John Kingman outlined the need to increase the UK’s “talent pipeline” and attract more STEM teachers to ensure we meet the Government’s ambition of raising the intensity of UK research and development to 2.4% of GDP, in a speech to close the conference.

He said: “If we want to transform the R&D intensity of the UK economy, we don’t just need the right amounts of money to be spent in the right way.  We could have all the money in the world but we also need people, outstanding people, to do the R&D.” 

Transcript of full speech (PDF, 83KB)