• Current Newsletter

    Spring 2023

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    In this newsletter

    • Update from Dr Iain Simpson (Chairman)

    Thought leadership from Dr David Hughes, Newsletter Editor

    • R & D Society Activity
    • Innovation/commercialisation
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Semi-conductors
    • Life sciences/Biotech
    • Transport & Logistics
  • Newsletter Archive

    Read our previous newsletters

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    • Reflections on this month’s Newsletter from David Hughes (Newsletter editor)
    • “Surely you are joking Mr Feynman”
    • Prime Minister’s speech to CBI
    • New National Science and Technology Council (NSTC)
    • Update on UK participation in Europe R&D programmes
    • Lessons from EU for ARIA
    • And finally …we list some interesting news items without comment
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    • Reflections on this month’s Newsletter from David Hughes (Newsletter editor)
    • High tech, high growth UK companies in danger of overseas takeovers
    • Three critical reports on Governments Science strategy and operational performance
    • UK funding for Horizon and more delays to EU European Innovation Council 
    • Appointment of CEO/Chair of ARIA
    • And finally ……..some things we found interesting and thought provoking!
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    • Reflections on this month’s Newsletter from David Hughes (Newsletter editor)
    • The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021
    • EU Horizon Programme
    • International comparison of the UK research base, 2022 – BEIS report.
    • Review of Research Bureaucracy
    • The Times Higher Education (THE) report on Gender Equality
    • And finally ……..some things we found interesting and thought provoking!
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    • Reflections on this month’s Newsletter from David Hughes (Newsletter editor)
    • Can We Level Up Research and Development?  
    • Cambridge releases UK Innovation Report 2022
    • Uncertain future of the Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (VMIC)
    • Edinburgh bids for tech glory – again
    • The Newton Fund – final evaluation report
    • And finally ……..some things we found interesting and thought provoking!
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    • Reflections on this month’s Newsletter from David Hughes (Newsletter editor)
    • Looking back at 2021
    • Ford takes the in-car electronics high ground. 
    • Innovation Strategy and Innovate-UK (I-UK) action plan
    • Better use of resources which could accelerate innovationn
    • And finally ……..some things we found interesting and thought provoking!
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    • Reflections on this month’s Newsletter from David Hughes (Newsletter editor)
    • Short shrift for UK’s Innovation Agency in the Autumn Budget.
    • University rankings warning – China accelerating
    • Secret advice informing UK Innovation Policy?
    • Research Excellence Framework (under scrutiny – are its days numbered? 
    • CPI announces a medicines manufacturing innovation centre
    • Funding for next generation Science leaders ramps up
    • George Freeman Appointed as New Minister for Science, Research and Innovation
    • And finally ……..some things we found interesting and thought provoking!
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    • Reflections on this month’s Newsletter from David Hughes (Newsletter editor)
    • UK Innovation Strategy  - “ambition without a plan?”
    • Government R&D budget allocation
    • Review of Catapult Network
    • Thoughts from Sir John Kingman on leaving the UKRI
    • And finally ……..some things we found interesting and thought provoking!
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    • Reflections on this month’s Newsletter from David Hughes (Newsletter editor)
    • Climate Policy Dashboard
    • Late Stage Development
    • Review of Catapult Network
    • A Taxonomy of UK national Laboratories 
    • A new tool to speed electronics development
    • And finally ……..some things we found interesting and thought provoking!
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    • Reflections from David Hughes 
    • The Budget and R&D
    • The numbers don’t add up to 2.4%.  
    • What next for the UK Industrial Strategy?
    • And finally ……..some things we found interesting 
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    • Reflections from David Hughes on innovation 
    • Thoughts on the trade deal as UK leaves the EU
    • New focus for Innovate UK.  
    • Here we go again!   ‘Build Back Britain Council’
    • Surprising if true! Cambridge Wireless (CW) has teamed up with Huawei to build a 5G mobile private network
    • And finally ……..some things we found interesting 
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    • The Government Spending Review
    • Turning medical research into applications quickly
    • More on the  ARM Holdings deal
    • A clear energy strategy for the UK?  
    • And finally ……..some things we found interesting 
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    • What is the future for the UK’s innovation agency?  
    • ‘An ARPAlling Idea’ 
    • World University Rankings tables
    • The Innovation Expert Group
    • R&D Tax Credits
    • And finally ……..some things we found interesting
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    • Royal Academy of Engineering report on stimulating R&D for a faster recovery
    • Macroeconomic modelling of the 2.4% R&D target. 
    • Science & Technology Committee inquiry into a new UK research funding agency
    • New UK Government R&D Roadmap policy paper
    • And finally ……..some things we found interesting 
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    • Is COVID19 the catalyst for a more radical approach to R&D?  
    • UK Innovation survey   
    • A new report from the Manufacturing Commission 
    • And finally ……..some things we found interesting 
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    • Budget impact for R&D
    • Postscript to last month’s hydrogen article.

    • Energy Utopias and engineering realities – Michael Kelly
    • Latest R&D investment statistics.  
    • And finally ……..some things we found interesting
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    • Post election prospects for R&D
    • Hydrogen – the fuel of the future? 
    • Latest industrial R&D investment statistics
    • And finally ……..some things we found interesting 
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    • UK Manufacturing
    • France Announces €5bn Push For Tech Start-ups emerging technologies
    • Consultation on the draft plan for Horizon Europe
    • And finally....
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    • Focus on the ‘D’ in R&D
    • Another view on key emerging technologies
    • Manufacturing update
    • Industrial Strategy R&D update
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    • The need to focus on the 'D' in R&D
    • Cross-sector collaboration on digital transformation
    • Time to design a new racecourse?  Shifting UK R&D policy to align with future opportunity
    • Industrial Strategy R&D Update
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    • Industrial strategy R&D update
    • Skills
    • Manufacturing
    • A novel idea for measuring innovation progress
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    • End of an era for automotive?
    • Horizon EU research programme lacks ambition
    • Research and Innovation in the NHS
    • Industrial Strategy update
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    • A positive view of the future for UK high-value manufacturing
    • Recent Manufacturing industry leaders’ summit in Liverpool
    • Dispelling some common misconceptions about implementing smart manufacturing in the era of industry 4.0 - Nigel Smith
    • Brexit – an opportunity for R&D? 
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    • The Royal Academy of Engineering calls for more support for 'D' in R&D
    • Future of jobs, World Economic Forum (WEF) report 2018 
    • What the public thinks of UK manufacturing
    • Brexit and Research update
    • Talking shop
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    • UK national infrastructure opportunities
    • Global Innovation Challenge Fund opportunities
    • Catapult Centres and Intermediary Technology Organisations
    • Brexit and Research
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    • UK Government Industrial Strategy Update
    • Global R&D funding forecast
    • R&D tax credits 
    • Commercialising Science and Technology enabled Innovation
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    • The true impact of UK manufacturing
    • Funding for Research
    • From R&D to commercialisation – special Cambridge University event
    • Digital Manufacturing Week 13-16 November 2018 
    • Industrial strategy update
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The Research and Development Society Privacy Policy
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We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
We may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 08 April 2018. 
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In facilitating and processing your personal information we may disclose your details to any of our employees, officers and selected third parties insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes as outlined in this privacy policy. 
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