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Stephanie Smith

Stephanie Smith

Head of Policy,
Russell Group

Stephanie Smith is Head of Policy at the Russell Group and is primarily responsible for policy relating to research and innovation, the EU and Brexit, and international and immigration issues. She joined the organisation from Universities UK International in 2014, where she helped to found UUKi’s Go International policy programme. Stephanie began her career in education policy at the Royal Society of Arts. The main focus of Stephanie’s current work includes the impact of Brexit on universities, immigration reform and the role of university R&D in the economy and society. Stephanie holds an MSc in European Politics and a BSc in Political Science, both from the London School of Economics.

  • Discussing the £91m boost in research funding for English universities for 2019-20 and how the government is not on track to meet its target of 2.4% spend of GDP on research and development by 2027 with current trends estimating this target will not be reach until 2053
  • Analysing the importance of research and development at the head of the government’s industrial strategy to ensure the UK stays at the forefront of innovation after Brexit and into the future
  • Exploring the opportunities provide through Quality-Related (QR) research funding and how this supports research talent