Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, and Research Lead for University Alliance has written a piece for Wonkhe about the proposals for UK Research & Innovation (UKRI).
In the piece, he writes: “To be sure, the statutory basis for UKRI is not without its blemishes. Governance arrangements for the research councils, Innovate UK and Research England could be better articulated in the drafting, and their protections could be strengthened. The Bill is blind to research and innovation skills development and knowledge exchange activities. Nor does it place a duty on UKRI to promote fair and open competition for funding, which it should.
If you look carefully, however, the opportunities arising from UKRI outweigh the legislative challenges.”