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THE Awards

Entries now open

Entries are now being welcomed from universities across the UK for the 10th Times Higher Education Awards. Institutions, departments and individuals will compete in 18 categories that aim to highlight the achievements of the sector. The categories include Research Project of the Year, Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of the Year and the top prize of University of the Year, won in 2013 by the University of Huddersfield. This year sees a new category of Outstanding International Student Strategy. Winners will be announced at a gala ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on 27 November. The awards are free to enter with every category open to all UK universities. The deadline for submissions is 1 June. For more information see www.the-awards.co.uk

Research councils

Feeling the squeeze

The research councils' income has fallen 10.2 per cent in real terms since its peak in 2009-10, a report shows. The Research Council Impact Reports 2013 (ow.ly/uPg39), published this month by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, also reveals that the headcount of academics directly supported by the research councils has fallen by just over 900 since 2009-10 to slightly more than 8,500 in 2012-13. The number of PhD starters (excluding those supported by the Medical Research Council) fell from a peak of about 5,700 in 2009-10 to about 4,500 in 2012-13. But the number of papers produced by all research councils (except the Arts and Humanities Research Council) has grown by 16 per cent since 2008-09. "Overall the quantitative evidence continues to suggest that in times of financial restraint the research councils are reallocating resources to concentrate funding among the best and brightest researchers and students to ensure sustained excellence and an efficient exchange of knowledge," the report says.

Start-ups

Sector involvement shrinks

Graduates from UK universities formed more than 3,500 start-up companies in 2012-13. …

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