Research Councils UK appoints Leeds academic to key role

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has appointed Professor Stuart Taberner (Languages Cultures and Societies) Director of International and Interdisciplinary Research.


Professor Taberner is currently Professor in German at the University where he leads interdisciplinary programmes and is a leader in Official Development Assistance-related research, particularly in Africa. He will join RCUK from January on an 18-month secondment.

His role will be to lead the development and delivery of RCUK international strategy and to strengthen collective Research Council planning and delivery for the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). He will build on and strengthen the Research Councils’ existing collective capability in these areas.

Professor Andrew Thompson, AHRC Chief Executive and RCUK Champion for GCRF, said: “Stuart has an impressive track record in international research collaboration. In his new role Stuart will be able to bring his experience and knowledge to our already strong teams within RCUK and the individual Research Councils. I am looking forward to working closely with him over the coming months when international, GCRF and broader interdisciplinary agendas will be of critical importance as we seek to build on the opportunities presented by the anticipated creation of UKRI.”

Professor Taberner said: “'I am delighted to join the team at RCUK and very much look forward to working with colleague to further develop RCUK's international profile, especially in relation to the important research now emerging under the Global Challenges Development Fund banner.”

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