News from our Councils

Selected updates from our councils can be found below. See UKRI updates here.


20 August 2018
UK astronomers discover first ever galaxies

Astronomers have discovered the first galaxies ever formed over 13 billion years ago.

16 August 2018
New chemical causes brain cancer cells to 'self-destruct', early trial shows

A synthetic chemical which causes aggressive brain tumour cells to ‘self-destruct’ could lead to a new generation of treatments for cancers like glioblastoma, a UK-led study has found.

14 August 2018
Wheat's hidden genetic secrets revealed

An international research team have uncovered the hidden genetic secrets that give wheat its remarkable ability for local adaptation - revealing a previously untapped resource for breeding better, more resilient wheat.

09 August 2018
Batteries could be charged in minutes after new material research

Smartphones could be charged in minutes after UK researchers discovered a new material to speed up the process.

06 August 2018
Ethnic minority retailers boost deprived neighbourhoods

Migrant entrepreneurs provide vital economic and social assets in deprived urban areas, says a study of four multi-ethnic high streets located in deprived and culturally diverse parts of Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester and Manchester.

06 August 2018
Harmful side effects of type 2 diabetes could be avoided by factoring in sex and body mass index

Clinicians can match people with type 2 diabetes to the right drug to improve control of blood sugar and help avoid damaging side-effects, simply by factoring in characteristics such as sex and BMI into prescribing decisions.

02 August 2018
New £22 million programme to investigate Atlantic Ocean

A new £22 million marine research programme will investigate the impacts of climate change and human activities on the Atlantic Ocean, from the surface to the deep seabed.

02 August 2018
Feeding 'responsively' key to breastfeeding

Women who breastfeed 'responsively' – in response to whenever the baby wants to be fed, typically every two hours including through the night – are much more likely to continue breastfeeding for longer, research into the UK’s low breastfeeding rates has found.

02 August 2018
Eyewitness confidence is key to safer convictions

New research into eyewitness memory could increase the accuracy of suspect identification and save millions of pounds in police and court costs.

01 August 2018
New salmon food to relieve marine sources

Atlantic salmon in Scotland will be fed a new fish feed produced from GM plants to help relieve pressure on stressed marine sources.

30 July 2018
Gene study pinpoints superbug link between people and animals

Scientists have shed light on how a major cause of human and animal disease can jump between species, by studying its genes.

30 July 2018
Turmeric eye drops could treat early stage glaucoma

Curcumin, extracted from the yellow spice turmeric, could be used in eye drops to treat the early stages of glaucoma, a new study has found.

27 July 2018
New project to tackle antibiotic resistant bacteria

Scientists working on a new collaborative project to increase our understanding on how antibiotics treat bacteria used a technique known as neutron reflectometry to examine how Polymyxin B, a last resort antibiotic, interacts with the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria.

25 July 2018
Support needed for local start-ups
20 July 2018
Students from across the UK have competed in the second Lunar Rover Competition

Seven student teams consisting of over 60 participants from across the UK reached the final stage of the Lunar Rover Competition, which saw them design, construct and test a lunar rover over a period of 9 months before testing them in the technical facilities at RAL Space.

05 July 2018
£12 million in grants to tackle superbugs in a global context
05 July 2018
Carbon discovery has battery promise

A new form of carbon created by scientists at Lancaster University and China's Jilin University could be used to improve the safety, power, charge speed and lifespan of batteries for phones, computers and electric vehicles.

03 July 2018
For the first time, the UK and Germany have joined forces to investigate the impact of climate change on the Arctic Ocean

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Germany's Federal Ministry of Education & Research (BMBF) have jointly invested almost £8 million in 12 new projects to carry out crucial research in one of the most inhospitable regions on the planet.

03 July 2018
Robotic Surgery breakthrough

Professor Sanja Dogramadzi, from Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), University of the West of England, has led the development of a ground-breaking robotic system that enables surgeons to put joint fractures back together using a minimally invasive approach.

02 July 2018
Researchers gain insight into world of TV

Six young academics from across the UK will be taking part in a “TV PhD”, a new collaboration between the The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Edinburgh International Television Festival (ETF) to allow doctoral students to attend the Festival in August 2018.