An aim of RCUK is to increase the collective visibility, leadership and policy influence of the Research Councils for the benefit of the UK.
One of the ways in which RCUK enables Research Councils to collectively influence and contribute to debate on research policy in the UK, Europe and beyond is through the submission of joint evidence to Parliamentary inquiries and public consultations. In recent years this has included evidence to the Department for Education and Skills on the “The Future of Higher Education” White Paper, to the European Commission on the European Research Council and to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee on the future of the Research Assessment Exercise and the scientific response to terrorism. Lists of the inquiries and consultations to which Research Councils have provided joint evidence can be accessed via the links on the left hand side.
RCUK is committed to publishing its evidence to consultations and inquiries. These are published on submission to the relevant organisation, or in the case of Parliamentary inquiries, after the report has been published.