Research Councils UK statement on publication of the Success as a Knowledge Economy White Paper

16 May 2016

The government has published a white paper which details its planned policy to reform support for higher education and research, including proposals on the future of the research councils.

Success as a Knowledge Economy - external link - outlines how the government intends to take forward the implementation of the recommendations of Sir Paul Nurse's Review.

The research councils will be working with the government as its proposals develop and will be focused on ensuring the successful and effective delivery of reform plans, together with our continuing effective and efficient support for research.

Professor Philip Nelson, chair of Research Councils UK, said:

We are pleased to see the publication of the government's policy intent on reform and more clarity about proposed changes to the research councils. All of the research council chief executives and our staff will continue to work together collectively and in partnership with government to deliver effective reform as plans develop.

Throughout this period of change we will work with our research communities, stakeholders and staff to ensure continuing support for UK research.