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イギリスの科学研究トップ大学が新コンソーチアムで世界のステージへ

2013年5月9日

イギリスの研究型大学トップ校が結集し、科学・工学研究において世界を牽引する研究ハブとなるべく、新しく強力なコンソーチアムを形成します。

The Science and Engineering South Consortiumにはオックスフォード大学、ケンブリッジ大学、サウサンプトン大学、インペリアルカレッジ・ロンドン、ユニバーシティカレッジロンドンが参加し、それぞれの大学の知見やリソースを集約させます。世界的にもトップの研究実績を誇るこれらSES-5は、規模の効率性と施設の集約効用で現在や将来の公的投資の効果を増大させつつ、共同研究によって画期的なアイデアを生み出すことになります。

 “Our institutions are committed to the concept that competition between ideas and hypotheses is essential for the healthy development of excellent and impactful research,” said Professor David Price, Vice-Provost for Research at UCL. “However, as communities of scholars, we are also convinced of the value to the UK and beyond of collaboration and the sharing of insights and resources”.

“The SES-5 will be well-placed both to compete and to collaborate with other world-class institutions on the global stage,” said Professor Ian Walmsley, Oxford’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research. “It will also provide a regional hub with the potency and capacity to attract inward investment. Combining our strengths through collaboration will deliver global impact” adds Professor Lynn Gladden, Pro Vice- Chancellor for Research at the University of Cambridge.

Collectively, the SES-5 represent the most powerful cluster of research intensive universities in the world with a combined annual research spend of more than £1.3 billion and more than 170 Nobel Laureates amongst former and current staff and alumni. 

The SES-5 also hold more than 1,400 Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) awards worth £1 billion, representing more than a quarter of all EPSRC projects by number and 30% by amount of the entire national commitment in this area. Similarly, the group’s Science and Technology Facilities Council portfolio is worth roughly £150 million, representing a third of the national commitment. 

Together, the SES-5 will explore how their shared infrastructure and training can be used to stimulate further international, national and regional synergy whilst further engagement with industry will be sought to promote economic growth. The group will also share major facilities for research in the physical sciences, bio-sciences, and engineering. Projects are already underway that involve sharing facilities for High Performance Computing. 

The universities will also engage in the strategic planning of new infrastructure investment for science and engineering research and explore the potential for collaboration with centres of research excellence elsewhere around the world. 

The SES-5 partners believe that by enhancing their excellence and infrastructure together, the group will strengthen the UK’s international competitiveness in research. 

“It is vital that we maintain our pre-eminence in research and careful planning of our infrastructure is essential if we are to maintain a leading international position” said Donal Bradley, Pro-Rector for Research at Imperial College.

“We have just started on this collaborative project, although we already have in place collaborative grants that have a value in excess of £150m,” said Professor Philip Nelson, Southampton’s Pro Vice-Chancellor. He continued, "We are delighted to formalise links with the UK institutions with whom we already collaborate most in science and engineering research.”

 

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