Why? To promote serious discussion and encourage lateral thinking about the way research is funded in the UK.
When? Wednesday 4th November 2015, 9 am to 5.30 pm
Where? Simon Building, The University of Manchester
Who Attended? The majority of delegates were academic research staff from as far away as Plymouth, Glasgow, Cardiff and Middlesbrough. Other attendees included academics (lecturers and senior lecturers) and research staff development officers, and people with an interest in how UK research is funded.
Speakers and chairs were:
Adisa Azapagic, Professor, Chemical Engineering, The University of Manchester
Elizabeth Bohm, Senior Policy Advisor, The Royal Society
Iain Cameron, Head of Research Careers and Diversity, Research Councils UK
Colette Fagan (Session Chair), Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities Deputy Dean & Associate Dean – Research, The University of Manchester
Ruth E Gilligan, Athena SWAN Manager, Equality Challenge Unit
Laurence Hopkins, Head of Research, Universities and Colleges Employers Association
Michael MacNeil, National Head of Bargaining & Negotiations, University and College Union
Andrew Miller, former MP for Ellsmere Port and Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee (to 2015)
Peter Simpson, Director, N8 Research Partnership
Nalin Thakker (Session Chair), Professor of Molecular Pathology and Genetics, Associate Vice-President for Compliance, Risk and Research Integrity, The University of Manchester