The UK National Academies have produced a briefing on the Higher Education and Research Bill. The briefing includes a list of potential probing amendments that could be used to seek further clarification on details within the Bill. Probing amendments do not seek to make changes to the wording of the Bill, but to trigger a discussion during Committee stage for clarity or explanation on existing points in the Bill.

The Higher Education and Research Bill was introduced to the House of Commons in May 2016. It includes proposals to create a new research and innovation funding body, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), as well as changes to the higher education landscape in England, as outlined in the White Paper Success as a Knowledge Economy. The UK National Academies: the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, and the Royal Society, produced a map of the proposed changes, available here.

The UK National Academies are working together to ensure that these changes will strengthen the UK’s internationally outstanding track record of excellence in research and innovation, maintaining the UK’s attractiveness for people from around the world to work, collaborate and invest.

National Academies Commons Committee stage briefing on questions raised by research proposals in the Higher Education and Research Bill (426.87 KB)