Blog: Citizens in research: what’s your story going to be in 2015?

You'd think that Aintree Racecourse, home of the Grand National, would be the perfect venue at which to dwell on the barriers to how we involve the public in research. What with 'Bechers Brook' and 'The Chair,' fences over which horses and riders stumble and tumble every year. It would only be right to follow suit, would … Continue reading Blog: Citizens in research: what’s your story going to be in 2015?

In support of the Rome Declaration on responsible research and innovation

After yesterday's publication of the results of the Research Excellent Framework (#REF2014) comes the post-mortem, introspection and then inevitable debate about REF2020. We will have to wait a wee while before we learn more about the impact assessment aspect of #REF2014 and the overall story it tells us about how research in higher education instiutions … Continue reading In support of the Rome Declaration on responsible research and innovation

If AHSNs are failing can we at last have a democratic space for innovation in the NHS?

Today I have been in Bolton to kick-off the NHS North West R&D Conference. 170 delegates - including patients and the public - getting together over two days to talk research. A great event and I hope they feel I got them off to a good start with my talk. It occurred to me afterwards … Continue reading If AHSNs are failing can we at last have a democratic space for innovation in the NHS?