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Next steps for the UK research workforce - policy and support, widening access to careers, training and development, tacking skill gaps, and workplace culture and inclusion

Morning, Friday, 6th May 2022

The conference will examine priorities for developing the UK’s research workforce. The discussion takes place in the context of the Government’s UK Innovation Strategy and R&D people and culture strategy.

We are pleased to be able to include a keynote contribution from Professor Melanie Welham, Executive Chair, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; and People and Culture Champion, UKRI.

Areas for discussion include:

  • widening pathways into research
  • tackling skills mismatches and shortages, and strategies for filling high-demand roles
  • developing the skills of current staff
  • putting in place positive research cultures, and improving diversity and inclusion
  • policy priorities for developing the workforce within UK research and innovation


Feryal Clark MP

Co-Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for the UK Innovation Corridor


Charlie Ball

Head, Higher Education Intelligence, Jisc

Jacqui Hall

Head of Early Careers, BioPharama R&D, AstraZeneca

Daniel Akinbosede

PHD Candidate, University of Sussex

Dr Nigel Eady

Director of Research Talent, Kings College London

Dr Katie Wheat

Head of Engagement and Policy, Vitae

Professor Dame Athene Donald

Professor of Experimental Physics, and Master, Churchill College, University of Cambridge

Professor Melanie Welham

Executive Chair, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; and People and Culture Champion, UKRI

Kelly Vere

Director, Technical Skills and Strategy, University of Nottingham

Stephanie Baxter

Education and Skills Lead, Institution of Engineering and Technology

Dr Jennifer Harris

Director of Research Policy, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry