Professor Maria Delgado Appointed to the Research England Council

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Monday, 13 November 2017

Central is pleased to congratulate its Director of Research, Professor Maria Delgado, on her appointment to the Research England Council.

In November, the Board of UK Research and Innovation confirmed the first members of the Research England Council.  The 11 members, of which Professor Delgado is one, will work with Research England Executive Chair David Sweeney to deliver the Council’s aim to create and sustain the conditions for a healthy and dynamic research and knowledge exchange system in English universities.

Of her appointment, Professor Maria Delgado said:

“I am really delighted to have been appointed to be part of Research England’s Council as the Research and KE functions of HEFCE move to this new body. The opportunity to be part of the wider structures of UKRI and what it represents for the strategic development of research and innovation in the UK is very exciting.”

Research England Executive Chair David Sweeney, said:

“I am delighted to welcome the members to our first ever Council for Research England. I look forward to working with each member as we seek to establish and develop our work.  Research England has a unique position within the dual funding system for research, and as the English funder within a UK-wide organisation.  Success will depend on strong partnerships, and the diversity of experience on the Council will support our work with key partners including the devolved funding bodies, and will ensure that Research England plays its role in the success of UK Research and Innovation.”

Professor Sir Mark Walport, UK Research and Innovation Chief Executive Designate, commented: 

"I am delighted to welcome the eleven excellent members appointed by UKRI to the newly formed Research England Council. They bring the diversity of personal backgrounds, experience and expertise that will be key to providing the best stimulus, support and challenge to Research England. The nine Councils of UKRI will play a critical role in our strategy development and governance and I am looking forward to working closely with them."

Research England is being established as a new Council alongside the other existing Councils (the seven Research Councils and Innovate UK). All members will take up their positions from 1 April 2018. The Council will meet in shadow form prior to April.  More information can be found on the Research England website.

I am really delighted to have been appointed to be part of Research England’s Council as the Research and KE functions of HEFCE move to this new body. The opportunity to be part of the wider structures of UKRI and what it represents for the strategic development of research and innovation in the UK is very exciting.

Professor Maria Delgado