UCL Research


Research policy at UCL

The Office of the Vice-Provost (Research) works to create the conditions that enable our world-leading research to thrive. Developing and informing policy is a key part of this.

Decisions made by policymakers, notably Government and research funders, play a significant role in shaping the environment in which UK research takes place.

In OVPR, we examine how policymakers’ decisions impact research at universities, spanning policy topics from R&D funding to immigration. This analysis feeds into our work to develop and advocate policies that benefit research at universities. Complementing our work to inform policymakers, we also consider what we can do within UCL to foster a supportive environment for our research, by developing internal policies on issues such as research transparency.

Our activities include submitting responses to parliamentary inquiries and Government consultations; developing position papers on issues of importance to UCL research; carrying out data analysis including on R&D funding; holding policy-focussed events; and engaging and collaborating with stakeholders such as funders and other research institutions.


Policy papers

Regional policy and R&D, Report for HEPI, May 2021

Strength in Diversity – report by Graeme Reid and press release from Universities Wales, September 2020

Supporting UK Research, November 2019 

UCL Statement on Transparency in Research, November 2019

The Impact of QR funding for UK Research, February 2019

Principles for UK Research Institutes - summary and full paper,  May 2018    

Responses to consultations and inquiries 

A new UK research funding agency, Commons Science & Technology Committee inquiry, June 2020

How can UKRI stimulate local economies through placebased research funding? Research England consultation, November 2019

Future frameworks for international collaboration on research and innovation, Smith/Reid Review consultation, May 2019

Balance and effectiveness of research and innovation spending, Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry, September 2018

An Immigration system that works for science and innovation, Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry, June 2018


Levelling up research funding requires a fine balance – Sarah Chaytor, Grace Gottlieb and Graeme Reid, May 2021

Making regional R&D work – Sarah Chaytor, Grace Gottlieb and Graeme Reid, May 2021

It’s time for coordinated action to change research culture – Grace Gottlieb, May 2021

Local Investment and Global Performance - Graeme Reid, Grace Gottlieb and Sarah Chaytor, January 2021

The UK’s research funding boost must not overlook the overheads - Grace Gottlieb and Professor Graeme Reid, March 2020

Why research transparency and reproducibility matter - Grace Gottlieb, January 2020

Innovation key to future prosperity - Professor Graeme Reid, December 2019


Contact us

Grace Gottlieb, Head of Research Policy: g.gottlieb@ucl.ac.uk
Sarah Chaytor, Director of Research Strategy and Policy: s.chaytor@ucl.ac.uk
Graeme Reid, Chair of Science and Research Policy: graeme.reid@ucl.ac.uk