Universities Week highlights the value of university research

Friday, 06 June 2014

Universities Week 2014 logo

A UK-wide campaign is taking place next week (9-15 June 2014) to highlight the value and importance of university research to our everyday lives.

A range of activities will be taking place across the UK as part of Universities Week 2014, to promote and engage the public with the value and importance of university research. 

Universities Week 2014 launches on Monday (9 June) at the Natural History Museum in London where a week-long public event will showcase some of the best of UK university research.  

The event will feature research stations, pop-up performances, debates and live research demonstrations, all covering a range of research themes.

Universities Week 2014 will be officially launched by the Universities and Science Minister David Willetts MP.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange at Oxford Brookes, commented: “This week is an excellent opportunity to highlight how the work going on in universities has an impact on people's everyday lives.

“Oxford Brookes is committed to ensuring that its research has a positive benefit for the economy, society and our wider community.

“Universities Week 2014 is a chance for academics to engage with the public, bringing their research to life and hopefully inspiring people to go away and find out more about a topic.”

Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said: “The aim of Universities Week is to inspire the public about the world-leading research taking place in our universities.

“Led by some of the top researchers in the UK, the event at the Natural History Museum will be a fantastic showcase event for UK higher education. By hosting this free-to-attend and high-profile event, we hope that members of the public will be inspired and will leave having learned something new about how universities are helping to solve some of the UK’s, and world’s biggest challenges.”