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Joint Academies' Statement: Open for business

The UK’s National Academies have released a joint statement, setting out the bold actions needed to ensure that Britain remains a leading destination for global research and innovation.


The UK is facing unprecedented change. This change presents an opportunity to shape our future, to be ambitious and to build on our strengths to make Britain a country that works for every one of us.

The UK's National Academies have come together to call for a bold, positive message to be sent - that the UK is one of the best places in the world to research and innovate, and capture the benefits stemming from this to improve the lives of people in the UK.

To achieve this, Government and the wider community should:

  • Create the workforce of the future, drawing on the world’s brightest and best and giving every UK citizen the opportunity to be part of this
  • Cement the UK’s reputation as a destination to research, innovate and adopt new technologies, including setting a target of 3% of GDP for combined public and private R&D spending
  • Capture the creativity and innovation under way in the UK to improve people’s lives

The Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society are calling for the Chancellor to show this commitment to fund, train, attract and retain the world’s brightest and best in the upcoming Autumn Statement.

Government should build on the UK's strengths and place research and innovation at the heart of the upcoming Industrial Strategy.


Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences added:

“Our status as a research powerhouse rests on the shoulders of people from across the UK, and those who have chosen to come and work here. We should celebrate this enviable position, and ensure that the next generation of ambitious thinkers, from Toxteth to Tokyo, choose the UK to make their big discoveries.

“We are urging the Government to send a bold message and build an immigration system that allows the UK to welcome talented people from across the world to join and strengthen our research community.

“People are, and always will be, the greatest asset to our research community and, in times of uncertainty, we need Government to broadcast a clear welcoming message and showcase the opportunities the UK offers.”

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