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10 January 2019
UKRI reviews on equality, diversity and inclusion, and bullying and harassment begin

UK Research and Innovation has announced the providers who will carry out wide-ranging evidence reviews on equality, diversity and inclusion, and bullying and harassment.

07 January 2019
Science Minister discusses 'essential' role of Research England during UKRI visit

UK Research and Innovation welcomed Science Minister Chris Skidmore as he visited the offices of Research England.

07 January 2019
New Year Honours for members of the UKRI community

UKRI congratulates the academics, researchers and staff recognised in the 2019 New Year Honours list who are part of the UKRI community.

03 January 2019
Robots to fix underground pipes and help cut roadworks

New micro robots will be built to repair the UK’s huge underground pipe network, aiming to significantly cut the disruption caused by the 1.5 million road excavations that take place every year.

19 December 2018
Sylvia Pankhurst raised phone-tap concerns in 1930s

Suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst raised concerns about phone-tapping in the 1930s, decades before MI5 revealed it kept her under surveillance, newly uncovered letters have revealed.

19 December 2018
Largest dinosaur footprints found in UK

The largest and best-preserved set of dinosaur footprints from the Cretaceous Period have been discovered in the UK, according to researchers.

19 December 2018
Major new AI and data science programme to transform engineering, urban planning and healthcare

Researchers will develop 'digital twins' to transform engineering and urban planning as part of two new research programmes.

18 December 2018
New plastic research projects announced

Eight new research projects that will explore new and different ways of making, using and recycling plastics have been announced by the Science Minister, Chris Skidmore.

14 December 2018
Festive findings

From the history of Christmas and shopping to find the perfect gift, to snow density and the engineering behind chocolates, find our how research and innovation across the UK as an impact on the festive season.

13 December 2018
UKRI marks the centenary of Haldane

UKRI celebrated the centenary of the publication of the Haldane Report, at an event to discuss the principles that emerged from the report, their influence and how they can be applied to today’s challenges.

13 December 2018
Directors appointed to lead work on ageing society grand challenge

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has today (13 December) confirmed the appointment two challenge directors who will lead work on the Ageing Society challenges of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

13 December 2018
Molecular Laboratory celebrates 16th Nobel Prize

Pioneering researcher Professor Sir Gregory Winter was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the 16th laureate from UK Research and Innovation.

12 December 2018
Gene study reveals the root of red hair

A DNA study has revealed the eight genes linked to red hair, helping to solve the mystery of how redheads inherit their flaming locks.

10 December 2018
New Graphene Innovation centre opens

HRH The Duke of York opened the £60 million world-class centre dedicated to researching graphene in Manchester, after the centre received funding from UK Research and Innovation

10 December 2018
New international development research programme announced

This new programme will bring together a wide range of researchers from across the UK and developing countries to generate innovative solutions to intractable development issues and contribute to enabling healthier and safer lives, sustainable development and prosperity for all.

10 December 2018
New Global Research Hubs to tackle complex development challenges

Over the next five years these interdisciplinary research Hubs will work with governments, international agencies, NGOs and community groups in developing countries to provide creative and sustainable solutions to help make the world safer, healthier and more prosperous.

06 December 2018
New science minister visits flagship space conference

Newly appointed Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation Chris Skidmore visited the UK’s flagship space conference at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) on 6 December.

05 December 2018
Worms set for space launch

A rocket carrying thousands of worms are scheduled to be launched into space on 5 December, in a mission to understand why astronauts lose some of their muscle mass during spaceflight.

05 December 2018
New UK initiatives at the forefront of global biological and medical research

A £6.7 million funding programme aims to support the UK’s role as a key partner in the ambitious global Human Cell Atlas initiative, which will provide a basis for understanding human health and disease by mapping every cell type in the human body.

04 December 2018
UKRI projects awarded at Newton Prize 2018

Projects to create energy from coffee waste and to document the past for a more peaceful future are among the winners of the 2018 Newton Prize, which were celebrated at a reception hosted by Professor Lord Robert Winston.