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This week Research Councils UK chief Hilary Reynolds tells Anna McKie that UK Research and Innovation should build on, rather than undo, the achievements of RCUK; Anthony Finkelstein, chief scientist for national security, warns academics that the knowledge gap between the US/UK and "non state actors" is narrowing; Lila Randall reveals that the Human Tissue Authority is considering how to regulate taphonomy centres, otherwise known as body farms; and Funding Insight writer Adam Goldberg urges academics to learn to love internal peer review. In other news, this will be my last Research Fortnight after eight years as editor. My sincere thanks and best wishes to all of our readers. It has been a privilege! Ehsan Masood

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Research Fortnight

 

Cover story

 

Hilary Reynolds to Mark Walport: ‘Learn from RCUK’

‘Unfair’ to say that councils don’t work together, says RCUK chief

Research councils UK executive director Hilary Reynolds has said that UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) should build on, rather than undo, the achievements of RCUK.

 

Editorial

 

Research Fortnight view: A tale of two halves

Adrian Smith is right. The government should resist demands to force-feed 16-year-olds with more mathematics.

 

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News

 

UK and US risk losing security advantage, says chief scientist

The UK and the United States are at risk of losing their scientific and technological advantage in the field of national security, the UK government’s chief scientist for national security has warned.

 

Tissue regulator considers UK’s first ‘body farm’ to study human remains

The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) is working with researchers on how to regulate the UK’s first “body farm”, a facility used to study how bodies decompose.

 

Interview

 

Lab animal videos: PR or public engagement?

The charity Understanding Animal Research helped four UK universities showcase their animal labs. Lila Randall quizzed Richard Scrase, head of communications, on the motivation for its ‘virtual tours’.

 

Careers

 

Adam Golberg: How to learn to love internal peer review

Who’s that reedy-voiced person, perched high in a tower, protecting his prize possession from an outsider’s touch? Why, it’s an academic resisting an internal peer review, says Adam Golberg.

 

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Europe

 

EU looking to set data free

The European Commission intends to establish the free movement of data “as a basic principle in EU law”, it has announced.

 

View from the Top

 

Global challenges prompt biggest ever cross-council investment

With 37 awards, funding projects in more than 60 countries, the research councils are supporting the work vital for addressing the world's greatest challenges, says Stuart Taberner.

 

Welsh research needs funding boost if reforms are to succeed

Changes to regulation and governance are welcome, but spending lags behind other parts of the UK, says Peter Halligan.

 

Beyond the TEF: building global measures of university teaching

A new assessment framework could help to make teaching achievements as valuable to academic careers as research outputs, says Helen Atkinson.

 

Science should do more to get out of its big-city bubble

Universities and societies stage few events beyond their home patch. A little wanderlust would help make science more diverse, says festival organiser Hephzi Tagoe.

 

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