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Prof Graeme Reid
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  • Professor of Science and Research Policy
  • Vice-Provost (Research, Innovation and Global Engagement)
  • President and Provost

Professor Graeme Reid is Chair of Science and ResearchPolicy at University College London.  

He has spent most of his career at the interface betweenscience and Government, having worked in the Business Department, the CabinetOffice and HM Treasury before joining UCL in 2014.

Graeme was specialist advisor to the House of Lords Scienceand Technology Committee during three inquiries, first on Brexit then on industrial strategy.  He was a member of the Government’s Senior Stakeholder Group on Research and Innovation.  Together with Sir Adrian Smith, he wrote a report for the UK Science Minister on post-Brexit frameworks for international research collaboration. Graeme has led research and innovation policy reviews for the Scottish Funding Council, Universities Wales and the Welsh Government.

He chairs the Board of the National Physical Laboratory. Graeme is a member of the Council of Research England. He is strategic advisorto the National Centre for Universities and Business.

Previous roles include chair of the board at the Campaign for Science and Engineering (2014-20), Trustee of the Association of Medical Research Charities (2014-20) and member of the Council of CERN (2011-14).

Graeme began his career at the National EngineeringLaboratory.  He has a BSc in Physics and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Fellow of the Institute ofPhysics, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Chartered Engineer. 

Research Summary

Policy reviews and reports include: 

  • Regional policy and R&D: evidence, experiments and expectations, Higher Education Policy Institute, 2021 (with Grace Gottlieb and Sarah Chaytor)
  • Strength in Diversity, 2020. Commissioned by Universities Wales 
  • Future frameworks for international collaboration on research and innovation, 2019. Commissioned by the UK Science Minister and co-authored with Sir Adrian Smith.
  • Review of Government-funded research and innovation in Wales, 2018. Commissioned by the Welsh Government.
  • Review of Innovation Centres in Scotland, 2016.  Commissioned by the Scottish Funding Council.
  • Why should the taxpayer fund science and research, National Centre for Universities and Business, 2014

 Commentary and policy analysis includes:

  • several on Brexit and UK science (Guardian online; Science magazine; Higher  Education Policy Institute (with Sarah Main) and Times Higher Education); 
  • effective industrial policy (Journal of the Foundation for Science and Technology)
  • impact of  the Covid-19 pandemic on UK research (Research Fortnight) 
  • research impact agenda (Research Fortnight)
  • impact of research on public policy (Times Higher Education); 
  • QR funding (Times Higher Education with Sarah Chaytor); 
  • raising the level of business investment in UK R&D (Guardian online)
  • political climate for research and innovation (RAEng's Ingenia magazine).
  • several on regional policy for R&D, often with Sarah Chaytor and Grace Gottlieb (Research Fortnight, Times Higher Education, Science in Parliament).
  • characteristics of effective Science Ministers (Research Fortnight)
  • science policy at Political Party Conferences (Royal Society's 'In Verba' blog)
  • future frameworks for international collaboration (Research Fortnight with Adrian Smith and Journal of the Foundation for Science and Technology with Adrian Smith)
  • Innovation is key to future prosperity (Western Mail)
  • streamlining collaboration between Welsh Universities, Research Fortnight


I have completed consultancy studies and provided advisory services for the following organisations.  Some of this work led to publications mentioned above.  Other work was delivered confidentially.  Most of this work informs my postgraduate teaching.



House of Lords Science and Technology Committee

Welsh Government

Government of the United Arab Emirates

Universities Wales

London Economics

several individual universities

Unpublished consultancy studies on institutional strategy for the University of Cardiff (2016) , the University of Leeds (2018) and the University of Strathclyde (2020).  


Unpublished consultancy for UK Research and Innovation on business models for research and innovation (2019).

Consultancy for the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as part of the preparation of  a report 'Future frameworks for international collaboration on research and innovation' (2019) 

Teaching Summary

Graeme teaches mainly at postgraduate levels.  This has included contributions to 

UCL's Masters degree in Public Administration delivered through the Department of Science Technology Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), including a module on science funding and governance.

UCL's Masters degree in Engineering Education, delivered through the Institute of Education (IoE)

UCL's MSc degree in Science and Technology Studies, delivered through the Department of Science and Technology Studies

UCL's Integrated Engineering Programme, delivered through the Faculty of Engineering.

During recent years, Graeme has given guest lectures and seminars at Imperial College London, Strathclyde University, Aberdeen University, Ashridge Business School, Exeter University,  Queen's University Belfast, Manchester University, Lancaster University and the University of York.  

Academic Background
1988   Doctor of Philosophy University of Strathclyde
1979   Bachelor of Science Robert Gordon University,Aberdeen
    Chartered Engineer  
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