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Impact of COVID-19 on researchers and the UK research base

29 May 2020

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has commissioned a survey to gather important evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on the activities of UK researchers and research groups

At a recent Open Meeting for Research, Andrew Walsh, Director for Research and Business Engagement Services, encouraged researchers to complete the survey to share their experiences of how the COVID-19 ‘lockdown’ is impacting their research and the possible future impact of social distancing in the workplace in the coming months. 

Andrew said: “This an important mechanism for us to ensure that government understand the intensity and diversity of how COVID-19 has impacted on research and researchers of all career stages and in all disciplines”.

This evidence will inform BEIS’s consideration and design of potential interventions to help protect researchers, research institutions and facilities, and in the longer term reinforce the research base and sustain research and innovation activity in the UK.

Please note the tight deadline of Tuesday, 9 June. 

The survey will be administered by Vitae. Responses will be aggregated and no reporting will be done at an individual or institutional level. Results will be processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR).