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External Resources

Link Description Category

Association for University Research & Industry Links (AURIL)

Network of professionals involved in developing partnerships between higher education and industry to support innovation and competitiveness

Business and enterprise organisations

Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Directory

Seeks to ensure the government, European Commission and wider community understand both the needs of British business and the contribution it makes to the well being of UK society

Business and enterprise organisations

Environmental Industries Commission (EIC)

The Voice of the UK Environmental Technology and Services Industry

Business and enterprise organisations

Oakland

Information on the business processes which support scientific and technological innovation

Business and enterprise organisations

UK Business Incubation (UKBI)

A public/private sector initiative, launched by DTI and HM Treasury to act as a catalyst to promote business incubation in the UK

Business and enterprise organisations

Invest Northern Ireland

Aims to grow the economy by helping new and existing businesses to compete internationally, and by attracting new investment to Northern Ireland

Development Agencies

Scottish Enterprise

Development agency for lowland Scotland. Works with companies to help them improve efficiencies, access finance and exploit new markets

Development Agencies

Yorkshire Forward

The regional development agency for the Yorkshire & Humber region

Development Agencies

 

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition

The on-line Collegiate Dictionary is based on the print version of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, Tenth Edition. The on-line dictionary includes the main A–Z listing of the Collegiate® Dictionary, as well as the Abbreviations, Foreign Words and Phrases, Biographical Names, and Geographical Names sections of that book. It also includes 1,000 illustrations and 25 tables

Directories, Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias

UK Universities

A clickable map of links to UK Universities and Colleges of Higher Education maintained by the University of Wolverhampton's School of Computing and Information Technology. Similar maps of links of Colleges of Further Education and Research Institutes are also available. An alphabetical listing of the same institutions is also available

Directories, Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias

CORDIS

EU Community Research and Development Information Service

European Organisations

EUCLID

Information for the European cultural sector

European Organisations

Europa

Main portal for the European Union

European Organisations

European League of Institutes of the Arts

An independent network of approximately 315 Arts Education Institutes covering all the disciplines of the Arts - Dance, Design, Theatre, Fine Art, Music, Media Arts and Architecture - from 47 countries

European Organisations

European Science Foundation

Promotes high quality science at a European level

European Organisations

UACES

Exchanging ideas on Europe

European Organisations

UK Research Office

The UK's leading information and advice service on European Union funding for research and higher education

European Organisations

Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council

The UK's leading funding agency for academic research and training in the non-clinical life sciences

Funding Organisation

British Academy

The national academy for the humanities and the social sciences

Funding Organisation

COS funding opportunities

The world's largest database of funding opportunities available for research, collaborative activities, travel, curriculum development, conferences, fellowships, post-doctoral positions, equipment acquisition

Funding Organisation

Economic & Social Research Council

Funds research and training in social and economic areas

Funding Organisation

Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council

The UK Government's leading funding agency for research and training in engineering and the physical sciences

Funding Organisation

Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund uses money from the National Lottery. It gives grants to support a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the United Kingdom

Funding Organisation

Jerwood Foundation

Dedicated to imaginative and responsible funding and sponsorship of the arts, education, design, conservation, medicine, engineering, science and other areas of human endeavour and excellence

Funding Organisation

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

One of the largest independent social policy research and development charities in the UK

Funding Organisation

Medical Research Council

Publicly-funded organisation supporting research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences

Funding Organisation

National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts

NESTA invest in early-stage companies, inform and shape policy and deliver practical programmes that inspire others to solve the big challenges of the future

Funding Organisation

Natural Environment Research Council

Funds world-class science in universities and own research centres that increases knowledge and understanding of the natural world

Funding Organisation

Nuffield Foundation

Provide grants that support research or practical developments that will, in the words of their Trust Deed, "advance social well being"

Funding Organisation

Research Councils UK (RCUK)

Provides a gateway into the websites of the seven UK Research Councils plus information about cross-council activities

Funding Organisation

Science & Technology Facilities Council

An independent, non-departmental public body of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). A science-driven organisation.

Funding Organisation

The Arts Council England

The national development agency for the arts in England, distributing public money from Government and the National Lottery

Funding Organisation

The British Council

Connects people worldwide with learning opportunities and creative ideas from the UK and builds lasting relationships between the UK and other countries

Funding Organisation

The Leverhulme Trust

Awards for the support of research and education

Funding Organisation

Department for BusinessInnovation & Skills (formally Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (DBERR))

Aims to boost productivity and keep the UK competitive and an attractive place to do business, especially in challenging economic times, as well as to help companies succeed overseas and to bring foreign investment to the UK

Government departments, units and agencies

Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)

Government department aiming to secure a healthy environment in which we and future generations can prosper

Government departments, units and agencies

Department for International Development

DFID's Central Research Department (CRD) commissions research, aiming to ensure tangible outcomes on the livelihoods of the poor. Also seeks to influence the international and UK research agendas, putting poverty reduction and the needs of the poor at the forefront of global research efforts

Government departments, units and agencies

Department for Transport (DFT)

Working to deliver a transport system which balances the needs of the economy, the environment and society.

Government departments, units and agencies

Department for Innovation, Universities and Skill (now combined with the Department for Business Innovation & Skills)

Brings together functions from two former departments; science and innovation responsibilities from the Department of Trade and Industry; skills, further and higher education from the Department for Education and Skills.

Government departments, units and agencies

Department of Culture Media and Sport

Aims to improve the quality of life for all through cultural and sporting activities, to support the pursuit of excellence and to champion the tourism, creative and leisure industries

Government departments, units and agencies

Department of Health

Invests in research to support government objectives for public health, health services and social care, and contributes to the government science strategy

Government departments, units and agencies

Directgov

Web portal for all government information and services online

Government departments, units and agencies

Environment Agency

the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales

Government departments, units and agencies

Higher Education Funding Council for England

Promotes and funds high-quality, cost-effective teaching and research, meeting the diverse needs of students, the economy and society

Government departments, units and agencies

Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Development agency for northwest Scotland

Government departments, units and agencies

HM Treasury

Treasury news and speeches

Government departments, units and agencies

Intellectual Property Office

The official government body responsible for granting Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom.

Government departments, units and agencies

National Statistics

The official UK statistics site

Government departments, units and agencies

Natural England

Aims to conserve and enhance the natural environment for its intrinsic value, the wellbeing and enjoyment of people and the economic prosperity that it brings

Government departments, units and agencies

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

Scotland's environmental regulator. Main role is to protect and improve the environment.

Government departments, units and agencies

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)

Aims to look after the natural heritage of Scotland, helping people to enjoy and value it, and encouraging people to use it sustainably

Government departments, units and agencies

Welsh Assembly Government

The devolved government for Wales

Government departments, units and agencies

Welsh Assembly Government's Department of Enterprise, Innovation & Networks

This department has taken over the role of the former Welsh Development Agency

Government departments, units and agencies

Association of Research Managers & Administrators (UK)

The professional association for research managers and administrators in the UK

Higher Education and Professional Organisations

Council for Industry and Higher Education

Leads in developing a shared agenda between academia and industry; they debate that agenda with government to secure changes in policy; and they promote the pursuit of excellence in knowledge creation, dissemination and application

Higher Education and Professional Organisations

Universities UK

The essential voice of all the UK universities. Promoting and supporting their work and provide services to the members, the executive heads

Higher Education and Professional Organisations

Arts and Humanities Data Service

The Arts and Humanities Data Service is a UK national service funded by JISC and the AHRC to collect, preserve and promote the electronic resources which result from research and teaching in the arts and humanities

Information Gateways, News and Advice

British Academy Directory of UK Subject Associations and Learned Societies

British Academy Directory of UK Subject Associations and Learned Societies

Information Gateways, News and Advice

British Library - Business & Intellectual Property Centre

Comprehensive patent information and list of other UK libraries that can help

Information Gateways, News and Advice

Community of Science (COS)

American site for the global research and development community. Includes funding opportunities

Information Gateways, News and Advice

Electronic Development & Environment Information System (ELDIS)

Managed by the Institute of Development Studies

Information Gateways, News and Advice

HistoryWorld

An interactive multi-linked experience of world history. Users can create their own rapid pathways through time, pausing at any point to read about a selected event at the appropriate place in any of 400 interconnecting narratives.

Information Gateways, News and Advice

Infomine

Comprehensive showcase, virtual library and reference tool containing highly useful Internet/Web resources including databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, listservs, online library card catalogs, articles and directories of researchers, among many other types of information

Information Gateways, News and Advice

Intute

Provides access to a series of Internet resource catalogues containing descriptions of high quality Internet sites, selected and described by specialists from within UK academia and affiliated organisations

Information Gateways, News and Advice

IPR-Helpdesk

Free service provided by the European Commission to support creativity and innovation in Europe

Information Gateways, News and Advice

Joint Information Systems Committee

JISC supports further and higher education by providing strategic guidance, advice and opportunities to use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to support teaching, learning, research and administration

Information Gateways, News and Advice

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts

A collection of public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy. The collection is searchable and includes an easy-to-use concordance

Libraries of electronic texts

Bibliomania

Contains over 800 texts

Libraries of electronic texts

Oxford Text Archive

Holds several thousand electronic texts and linguistic corpora, in a variety of languages. Its holdings include electronic editions of works by individual authors, standard reference works such as the Bible and mono-/bilingual dictionaries, and a range of language corpora

Libraries of electronic texts

Project Gutenberg

A large library of electronic texts, including a number of reference works and dictionaries

Libraries of electronic texts

Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments (CL:AIRE)

Links the main UK players in contaminated land remediation so they can develop cost-effective methods of investigating and remediating contaminated land

Other organisations and networks

Design Council

The design council's purpose is to inspire and enable the best use of design by the UK, the world context, to improve prosperity and well-being

Other organisations and networks

Environment Council

Independent UK charity that develops long-term solutions to environmental problems

Other organisations and networks

Environment Research Funders' Forum

Aims to maximise the coherence and effectiveness of environmental research in the UK by bringing together its principal public-sector sponsors.

Other organisations and networks

Global Environmental Change Committee

An Inter-Agency Committee which provides a forum to coordinate UK involvement in the science and technology of climate change and other global environmental change, both nationally and internationally.

Other organisations and networks

Institute of Patentees & Inventors

Assists members in all aspects of patents and innovation

Other organisations and networks

Local Authority Research Council Initiative (LARCI)

Brings local authorities and Research Councils into closer partnership, leading to better informed research, policy and practice, and facilitating knowledge exchange at a strategic and operational level

Other organisations and networks

Partnerships UK

Helps the public and private sectors create better, stronger and faster partnerships. Includes useful guidance notes to help create business partnerships

Other organisations and networks

Royal Society

Independent UK science academy dedicated to promoting excellence in science

Other organisations and networks

Royal Society of Arts

Charity which encourages the development of a principled, prosperous society and the release of human potential

Other organisations and networks

Sustainable Development Research Network

Aims to contribute to sustainable development in the UK by encouraging the better use of evidence and research in policy-making

Other organisations and networks

The Climate Group

Aims to help government and business set the world economy on the path to a low-carbon, prosperous future. Creates a coalition of governments and the world's most influential businesses – all committed to tackling climate change

Other organisations and networks

UK Biodiversity Research Action Group

The UK's National Biodiversity Research Platform

Other organisations and networks

Prospects Graduate Career Information / Advice Unit

The UK's official graduate careers website

Postgraduate services and advice