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Prof Graeme Reid
  • Professor of Science and Research Policy
  • VP: Research
  • Provost and Vice Provost Offices

Professor Graeme Reid is Chair of Science and Research Policy at University College London.  He is a member of the Council of Research England.

He has spent most of his career at the interface between science and Government, having worked in the Business Department, the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury and before moving to UCL.

Graeme was specialist advisor to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee during their extensive inquiries into Brexit and, more recently, industrial strategy.  He is a member of the Government’s High Level Group on EU Exit, Universities, Research and Innovation.  He has led research and innovation policy reviews for the Scottish Funding Council and the Welsh Government.

He is Chair of the Campaign for Science and Engineering, a Trustee of the Association of Medical Research Charities and strategic advisor to the National Centre for Universities and Business.

Graeme began his career at the National Engineering Laboratory.  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 of Physics, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Chartered Engineer. 

Research Summary

Recent publications include: 

Policy reviews commissioned by public bodies and a report that expands on my inaugural lecture at UCL.
  • Report on future frameworks for international collaboration on research and innovation, commissioned by the UK Science Minister and co-authored with Sir Adrian Smith, 2019
  • Review of Government-funded research and innovation in Wales, Welsh Government, 2018
  • Review of Innovation Centres in Scotland, Scottish Funding Council, 2016
  • Why should the taxpayer fund science and research, National Centre for Universities and Business, 2014
  Opinion pieces, including:
  • several on the impact of Brexit on science and research (published in Guardian online; Science magazine; and Times Higher Education); 
  • effective industrial policy (Journal of the Foundation for Science and Technology)
  • reasons to like the impact agenda (Research Fortnight)
  • the 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)
  • the political climate for research and innovation (RAEng's Ingenia magazine).
  • the geographic distribution of research funding (Research Fortnight and (with Sarah Chaytor) Times Higher Education).
  • the characteristics of effective Science Ministers (Research Fortnight)
  • science policy interests at Political Party Conferences (Royal Society's 'In Verba' blog)
  • future frameworks for international collaboration (Research Fortnight with Adrian Smith)

Unpublished consultancy studies for the University of Cardiff (2016) and the University of Leeds (2018). 
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, including contributions to 

UCL's Masters degree in Public Administration delivered through the Department of Science Technology Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), including a new module on science policy starting in 2019.

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 at Imperial College London, Strathclyde University and Ashridge Business School.  

Academic Background
1988 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Mechanical Engineering University of Strathclyde
1979 BSc Bachelor of Science – Physical Sciences Robert Gordon University,Aberdeen
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