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What will a UKRI consultation tell us about how researchers consider societal benefits?

It seems unlikely that we are about to get anything sensible out of Whitehall this side of the result of Sue Gray’s investigation into Downing Street parties, or prime minister Boris Johnson’s resignation—whichever comes first. It used to be just higher education policy that was on permanent pause; now it is every ministerial department.

Fortunately, other parts of government are still in operation. This week has seen the national funder UK Research and Innovation launch a consultation on impact in research applications.

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