27 June 2020 – Support packages to protect researchers, scientists and technicians

Type of Intervention: Financial and Economic
Sectors Involved: Education, Research and Development
Intervention Categories: Finance policy and financial aid; Stimulus packages and financial support
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: BEIS

Overview: Government moves to protect UK research jobs with a major support package, which will give greater job protection to thousands of researchers, scientists and technicians working at UK universities during coronavirus. The University Support Package of loans and grants will cover up to 80% of their income losses caused by an expected decline in international students, compared with overseas student revenue in 2018/19. The package will support up to 100% of non-publicly funded research.
Full details here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-protect-uk-research-jobs-with-major-support-package

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Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – academic, National – government
Evidence/Justification: “Providing financial support for the UK’s world-leading research institutions impacted by the coronavirus pandemic is a priority for the University Research Sustainability Ministerial Taskforce, co-chaired by Science Minister Amanda Solloway and Universities Minister Michelle Donelan.
Established in May, the Taskforce is identifying what support is needed to retain research talent and ensure the long-term sustainability of UK’s world-class research and development sector.”