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Media Monitoring: 29 February – 6 March

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Investigation into the UKHSA’s health security campus programme

  • The UK Health Security Agency’s (UKHSA’s) health security campus programme aims to enhance and replace UKHSA infrastructure, most importantly its high-containment laboratories, which are essential for protecting the nation against potentially highly infectious diseases
  • Replacing and modernising UKHSA’s facilities through the programme is of crucial importance to ensure the UK has the capabilities to identify, study and respond to the most dangerous pathogens in the world
  • Yet the programme still has no clear decision on where it should be located, despite a site having been purchased in Harlow back in 2017 with an original timeline that would have seen the new site fully operational by 2021

 

UK and France to deepen research and AI links following Horizon association

  • French Minister for Higher Education and Research meets DSIT Secretary of State to deepen UK-France research and AI ties
  • £800,000 joint funding announced to support more UK-French bids for research funding, like Horizon Europe
  • UK-France AI partnership builds on plans to work together ahead of the AI Safety Summit that France will host later this year

 

Research-intensive universities generate nearly £38 billion for UK economy through research, innovation and the creation of new businesses, new analysis reveals

  • A new report by London Economics, assessing the economic impact of the 24 Russell Group universities, found that for every £1 of public funds invested in research at these institutions, more than £8.50 was generated for the UK economy
  • Now, the Russell Group is urging the Government to maximise the economic potential of the UK’s research-intensive universities by ensuring at least 3% of GDP is invested into R&D by 2030

 

Northern health and life science leaders unite call on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to tackle funding gap in health research

  • Twenty-three of the North’s leaders in health and life sciences, led by the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA), have written to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak urging him to address significant regional inequalities in health research funding.
  • The NHSA’s analysis of funding for health research published this week shows in 2022 the North received £405 million for research funding, compared to the £1.69 billion awarded to London, Oxford and Cambridge.

 

North set for more than a half century of sicker, shorter healthy lives without a step change in levelling up

  • It will be 2080 before the gap in healthy life expectancy is closed between the North and South East
  • IPPR North’s annual State of the North report urges a range of policies for the next Parliament to close regional gaps

 

£1.5 million to find new ways to reduce infection spread

  • Companies and research groups with innovative ideas will get a chance to shape the way the UK responds to infection, and bid for funding, through a new initiative.
  • Two ‘sandpit’ events are being held in Liverpool on 14 March 2024 and London on 9 May 2024.
  • These intensive innovation workshops will help to spark ideas, foster innovation and create new collaborations to tackle this urgent challenge and drive forward new projects.

 

UK and Saudi Arabia unveil joint plan to put research links into top gear

  • UK and Saudi Arabia agree deal to boost research links, supporting work from food security to clean energy, to boosting business and R&D connections
  • Science and technology are central to Saudi Arabia’s plan to rapidly transform its economy – a huge opportunity for UK scientists, researchers and businesses
  • UK Science Minister in Riyadh to sign UK-KSA MoU and speak at ‘Digital Davos’ LEAP 2024

 

Drug-resistant microbes: ‘brain drain’ is derailing the fight to stop them (paywall)

  • A lack of investment is driving researchers who study antimicrobial resistance out of the field, an industry body warns
Ben Kemp