The UK research landscape is a guide to the organisation of science. Here you can find information on science funding; science in the government; the research base; and international collaborations.
There are more than 100 universities in the UK and most of them undertake some form of research. Find out more on an active map of UK universities, with contact details and links through to research pages.
Centuries of literature, art, science, politics and culture can be browsed online in this rich set of digital collections and archives from the UK and Ireland. Mostly open access, the collections and archives provide details and illustrations of major events, ideas, discoveries, and creativity, and the dramatic changes in people’s lives following social and political upheaval.
International Cooperation in Science and Technology
International cooperation in science and innovation, including details about key players. International collaborators can range from individual scientist-to scientist interactions to large team based projects and programmes between countries.
Science and Technology Policy and UK Governmental bodies
Find out about UK expertise in Science & Technology policy and how advice is given to Government. You can also find out more about certain governmental bodies
The Northern Ireland Assembly was established in 1998. There is no separate science policy for Northern Ireland, but science and innovation remain of key importance for the economic growth of the country. Research is strong in the areas of biomedical sciences, nanotechnology, sensors, forensic science, astronomy, electronics and engineering.
Wales has had a National Assembly since 1999, and in November 2006 the Welsh Assembly Government unveiled the first Science Policy for Wales. This focuses on the three main strands of health, low carbon energy systems and enabling sustained economic and social renewal. In 2011 a new science policy for Wales is being developed which will cover the current range of research and development being carried out in Wales, along with skills provision, HE excellence and technology transfer.
The Welsh Assembly Government actively supports innovation through its Technology and Innovation team, and initiatives such as Grants for Innovation which is designed to support businesses in their research and development strategies.
Although Scotland is a relatively small country, its output in terms of scientific research is outstanding. It has just 0.1% of the world’s population but produces 1% of the world’s published research, ranking very highly in terms of research citations per capita. 55% of this comes from international collaboration, the highest of any country in the world.
England is the largest and most populated country in the United Kingdom and most issues, including those relating to science and technology policy, are ruled directly from the UK Government in London.
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EURAXESS Rights is an initiative that aims to enhance the attractiveness of a research career in Europe.
Industry plays a large role in Research and Development in the UK. Find out more about this sector and about the top companies performing R&D in the UK.
If you perform research in the UK you may need to know about intellectual property rights – read more about this here.
For certain areas of research you may need special training or licences, for example if you plan to work with animals. Find out more about UK regulations governing animal experimentation, the use of human subjects or tissue in research, and laboratory safety.