Research Councils UK

Research Councils UK (RCUK) is the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils. These are:

•Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

•Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) •Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)

•Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

•Medical Research Council (MRC)

•Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

•Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Each year the Research Councils invest around £3 billion in research covering the full spectrum of academic disciplines from the medical and biological sciences to astronomy, physics, chemistry and engineering, social sciences, economics, environmental sciences and the arts and humanities.

RCUK funds a number of initiatives to enhance the experience of research for young people and teachers; for example, CPD for teachers to provide contemporary research updates and schemes/initiatives to link researchers and schools directly.

RCUK Career Case Studies Website

This useful careers website for young people from Research Councils UK (RCUK) is designed to provide information about a range of research careers. The webpages feature case studies from researchers from all seven Research Councils and cover a wide range of subjects. The case studies provide an insight about life as a researcher and the different career paths which researchers’ take. The website is aimed at post-16 students.

Working in partnership with Research Councils UK, the national network of Science Learning Centres has created an innovative programme that will engage the scientist within teachers and students alike.

Bringing Cutting Edge Science into the Classroom

RCUK continuing professional development courses have been set up in partnership with the national network of Science Learning Centres.

The programmes have been designed to deliver the latest knowledge, new contexts and practical activities to support teachers in delivering the curriculum in an accessible, enjoyable and stimulating way for their students.


The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) supports world-class research that furthers our understanding of human culture and creativity.

The AHRC funds research on a very wide range of subjects, from traditional humanities such as history, English, linguistics, French and other modern languages,...

This collection of resources from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) contains materials for enhancing the teaching of biological science and 'how science works' in primary and secondary schools.

BBSRC is one of seven Research Councils sponsored through the Department for...

This collection of resources from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) gives support materials for teachers in schools, helping to provoke debate and discussions and providing useful statistics about the UK population. The materials can be used to explore aspects of mathematics, psychology and health as...

A set of resources from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, which invests every year in a broad range of subjects – from mathematics to materials science, and from information...


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