Friday, 28 August 2020

Levelling up the regions


Great Yarmouth (photo: John Fielding)

There's been a lot of talk about 'levelling-up' the regions. As Bono once said, 'maybe, maybe too much talk.' It was there in last year's election, and it was prominent in the recent R&D Roadmap

Not surprisingly, this is an issue that affects the regional research consortium that I direct: Eastern Arc. Eastern Arc is in a slightly odd position when compared to consortia in other regions: it's in the 'rich' East/South East. Therefore, it follows, there's no reason to level up our region. If anything, it should be levelled down. 

But the narrative of being a 'rich' area of the UK is misleading.

Friday, 31 July 2020

Seven Key Messages in the R&D Roadmap

The R&D Roadmap gives the nation's researchers and innovators an indication of where the government wants to invest over the next few years. Here are seven key messages to take from the proposals.