The Reid Review – summary of documents and weblinks

Reid Review of Research & Innovation in Wales

Summary of Reid Review

Terms of Reference for the Review of Government Funded Research and Innovation in Wales

The Reid Review Advisory Panel

Timeline of Key Announcements, Deadlines and Documents

The Reid Review of Government funded Research and Innovation in Wales

Professor Graeme Reid (University College London and former head of research funding at the Department of Business Innovation and Skills) has been asked by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure (Ken Skates AM), Cabinet Secretary for Education (Kirsty Williams AM) and Minister for Science and Skills (Julie James AM) to undertake a review of strengths, gaps and future potential to sustain and grow strong research and innovation activity in Wales. This review builds on work undertaken in recent reviews of student finance and funding by Professor Sir Ian Diamond and the review of the oversight of post-compulsory education by Professor Ellen Hazelkorn. The last of these reviews recommended a review of research and innovation strategy and policy.

Professor Reid’s review will identify research and innovation strengths in Wales and outline how these assets can be used more effectively by business, communities and Government. The Welsh Government’s aim is to position Wales as a small smart nation which can achieve the scale and quality of research and innovation which compare favourably with OECD member states within 10 years.


Professor Graeme Reid 

Graeme Reid (2)Prof Graeme Reid is Chair of Science & Research Policy at UCL. He teaches on several postgraduate courses at UCL and has a research interest in the relationship between taxpayers and the science community. Graeme was specialist advisor to the House of Lords inquiry on EU Membership and UK Science ahead of the 2016 referendum. Graeme has spent many years at the interface between science and government, including a civil service career that spanned the Treasury, the Cabinet Office and BIS. He was head of research funding at BIS and made the case for the science budget in the coalition government’s 2010 spending review. He is a physicist and chartered engineer


Terms of Reference for the Review of Government Funded Research and Innovation in Wales

The Consultant reports directly to Dr Huw Morris, Director, Skills, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning Division (SHELL), although day to day contact will be with the contract manager within the Chief Scientific Advisor for Wales Division (CSAW Division).

Key Responsibilities:

The Consultant will be required to:

  • provide sound, well-judged, timely advice in the form of a report to the Welsh Government on the governance, funding, regulation and oversight of Government funded research and innovation in Wales. The Terms of Reference for the review are shown below in the Appendix;
  • provide monthly update reports to Welsh Government staff and verbal updates to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Minister for Skills and Science as required;
  • build strong working relationships built on mutual trust and respect with senior staff within SHELL, CSAW Division and Innovation to secure buy-in and support for the review and any proposals for change;
  • Take sole responsibility for the findings submitted to the Welsh Government at the end of the contract but draw on advice from an advisory panel, expertise from Welsh Government officials, and evidence from external sources during the preparation of those findings.


Appendix – Terms of Reference for the Review of Government Funded Research and Innovation in Wales.

Professor Reid’s review will:- 

1.  Collate the results of recent analyses of research and innovation activity in Wales. This collation will be used to generate a map of research excellence and innovation strengths in Wales. Recent analyses include the results of the Research Excellence Framework in 2014, the analysis of innovation and business support arrangements in Wales completed by the REAP panel in 2016, the Science and Innovation Audits of South West England and South East Wales submitted by the GW4 network of universities in 2016, the Science and Innovation Audit for the rest of Wales led by Swansea University in 2017, the Innovation Advisory Council’s recent review of innovation activity and the analysis of research impact in Wales completed by staff from Kings College London in 2017, as well as the report on research in Wales by Halligan and Bright and the Elsevier Report on Science in Wales (Halligan and Bright, 2015; Elsevier, 2016).

2.  Seek to identify patterns and themes in the development of business and public services in Wales which draw on research and innovation strengths in Wales and further afield. This analysis to be undertaken with staff in the Welsh Government’s economy and infrastructure department drawing on expertise and support from the office of the Chief Scientific Advisor for Wales, Innovation Division and representatives of the academic, business and public services communities at national and regional levels. This national and regional analysis will draw on work undertaken as part of the Cardiff City Deal, Swansea City Deal and North Wales local growth deal bid processes, as well as reports from the Regional Employment and Skills Partnerships, Innovation Advisory Council for Wales, Science Advisory Council for Wales and other groups. These analyses will consider how firms, public services and research groups in universities connect locally and globally to support the needs of Welsh communities, business and the economy. It will also consider how the connections and interactions between these groups can be improved to enable Wales to become a more entrepreneurial state (Mazzucato, 2013).

3.  To consider how future Government-led investment and support for research and innovation in Wales can be aligned with the requirements of the Well-Being of the Future Generations Act (2015). The seven well-being goals are as follows:

  • a prosperous Wales;
  • a resilient Wales;
  • a healthier Wales;
  • a more equal Wales;
  • a Wales of cohesive communities;
  • a Wales of vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language; and
  • a globally responsible Wales.
  • To also consider the implications of Brexit for Government funded research and innovation in Wales.

4.  Work with people from the business, higher education, public service and research communities in Wales, the U.K. and further afield to consider how current activities and future plans can be aligned with the five principles of the Well-Being of Future Generations Act. The five principles are as follows: –

  • look to the long term;
  • focus on prevention;
  • deliver an integrated approach to achieving the 7 well-being goals;
  • work in collaboration with others to find shared sustainable solutions; and
  • involve diverse populations in decisions that affect them.

5.  Make recommendations for the development of a research and innovation strategy for Wales and guiding principles to inform future investment and funding decisions by the Welsh Government. These recommendations to be informed by analyses of what works in other parts of the UK and further afield as revealed by systematic studies and evaluations of science and innovation policy of the sort completed by the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR), National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB), National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA), Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD),  Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and the ESRC What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth (e.g. Elder et al, 2013 and Martin, 2015) and by Professor Reid himself (Reid 2014). To also consider these proposals in the light of related recommendations for innovation, knowledge exchange and research contained in the Diamond Review Report 2016.

Professor Reid will be supported in his work by staff from the Welsh Government and by a small panel of advisors with experience in the following fields: –

  • research and innovation in business;
  • research and innovation in health and social care;
  • research and innovation policy and funding in an international context; and
  • research and innovation in universities
  • research and innovation in Wales


The Reid Review Advisory Panel

Professor Reid’s advisory panel will receive written and oral evidence over the spring and summer months to help inform the development of the report and recommendations. The panel will balance science and innovation expertise.

The panel led by Professor Reid consists of:

  • Dr Wendy Ewart (Chair of Welsh Government’s Sêr Cymru Independent Evaluation Panel and former Deputy Chief Executive and Chief of Strategy of the Medical Research Council),
  • Professor Peter Halligan (Learned Society of Wales),
  • Professor Karen Holford (Deputy Vice Chancellor, Cardiff University),
  • Dr Sarah Main (Campaign for Science and Engineering),
  • Alexandra Vincent (Research Councils UK),
  • Professor Robin Williams FRS (former Vice Chancellor Swansea University),
  • Andrew Evans (SPTS Technologies Ltd) and
  • Colin Sirett (AMRI and formerly Airbus)


Timeline of Key Announcements, Deadlines and Documents

31 January 2017 –Welsh Government Plenary response to Hazelkorn and announcement of the Reid Review

The Welsh Government announced that Professor Graeme Reid would oversee a review of research and innovation activity investment made by Welsh Government and related agencies.

8 February 2017Answers to Questions not reached in Plenary

Professor Graeme Reid has been asked to undertake a review of investments by the Welsh Government and related agencies in research and innovation activity in Wales. His work is intended to identify research and innovation strengths in Wales and outline how these assets can be used more effectively by business, communities and government.

5 April 2017Welsh Government News: Review of government funded research and innovation in Wales begins

Meeting Agenda – First Project and Panel Meeting: Temple of Peace, Cardiff

  • Introductions, discussion of call for written evidence, and methods of working.
  • Wales Research Volume and Quality – Outcomes of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework  (Robin Williams,HEFCW).
  • Research capacity resourcing and development – the role of Sêr Cymru and related initiatives – Julie Williams.
  • Innovation and engagement (the last 5 years)
  • Outcomes of Annual Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey (HEBCIS)/Innovation Hot Spots – Alastair Davies, (Advisory Council for Wales).
  • Wales share of Competitive UK and EU Research funding – (Alyson Thomas, HEFCW).
  • REAP/MIT research on business support connections between academic research, innovation and enterprise in Wales Dylan Jones-Evans and Duncan Hamer.
  • Bibliographic Indicators – Elsevier and Kings College research on research citation and impact of research from Wales (Peter Halligan, LSW)


13 April 2017 – Invitations issued to various stakeholders within universities to provide Written Evidence to the Reid Review and to attend Reid Review Oral Evidence Hearing on Research and Innovation in Wales, held at the Temple of Peace, King Edward VII Ave, Cardiff, CF10 3AP from 13:30 – 15:30 on 3 May 2017.

Graeme Reid letter – invitation to submit written evidence

Graeme Reid letter – invitation to give evidence at afternoon oral session

26 April 2017
– Announcement from UCL: Professor Graeme Reid to lead review on research and innovation for Welsh Government (includes information on the panel).


3 May 2017 – Oral Evidence Hearings: Temple of Peace & Cardiff University, Cardiff

In attendance:

  • Dr Louise Bright University of South Wales
  • Prof Richard Day Glyndwr University
  • Iestyn Davies, ColegauCymru
  • Dr David Owen, Life Sciences Bridging Fund
  • Professor Colin Riordan, VC, Cardiff University
  • Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, PVCR Swansea University
  • Amanda Wilkinson, Director; Lisa Newberry, Deputy Director & Olivia Jones, Policy Advisor, Universities Wales


5 May 2017 – Publication of announcement by Learned Society for Wales: Reid Review of Research and Innovation in Wales, Learned Society for Wales


15 May 2017Welsh Government News: Link to Online Consultation Survey published

Welsh Government invitation to contribute to online survey (external link), for a review that will:

  • analyse research and innovation activity in Wales
  • identify patterns and themes in the development of research and innovation-dependent business and public services
  • consider how current activities and plans can be aligned with the Well-Being of Future Generations Act 2015.

Copies of the oral evidence submitted will be made available on request via the following email:

Open Consultation: Research and Innovation in Wales (External site):

(NB. The link to this external site is found on the Research and Innovation page as updated 15 May 2017 above.  The consultation is not listed and cannot be found by a search on the official government consultation site:


7 June 2017 – Panel Interviews: Temple of Peace, Cardiff & Ty Hywel, Cardiff Bay

15 June 2017 – Panel Interviews, London

28 June 2017 – Panel Hearings with HEFCW in Cardiff; and TWI and University of Wales,Trinity St David in Port Talbot

30 June 2017 – Closing Date for Written Evidence

5 July 2017 – Panel Hearings with Welsh Government, University of South Wales and HEFCW

19 July 2017 – Meeting with Swansea University

5 September 2017 – SACW

6 September 2017 – Universities Wales

Meeting with all Welsh University Vice Chancellors at UUK Conference in London

13/14 September 2017 – Bangor University

19 September – Universities Wales

Meeting with the Universities Wales PVC Research Group, in London

11/12 October 2017 – Aberystwyth University

25 October 2017 – HEFCW

Research, Innovation and Engagement Committee (RIEC)

16 November 2017 – Draft Report Review and update

Panel discussion and agreement on final recommendations

5 December 2017 – Draft feedback

Provided to Ken Skates AM, Kirsty Williams AM & Julie James AM plus Welsh Government senior civil servants

December 2017 / January 2018 – Publish Report


Additional Information


Elder, J.; Cunningham, P.; Gok,A. and Shapira, P. (2013). Impacts of Innovation Policy: Synthesis and Conclusions, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, University of Manchester. Available at: Last accessed 17th January 2017.

Elsevier (20160. International Comparative Performance of the Welsh Research Base 2010-2014, 2016 update. Available at: Last accessed 5th February 2017.

Halligan, P. and Bright, L. (2015). The Case for Growing STEMM Research Capacity in Wales, Stimulus Paper, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

Martin, B. (2015). ‘Twenty Challenges for Innovation Studies,’ Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex and Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Available at: Last accessed 19th January 2017.

Mazzucato, M. (2013). The Entrepreneurial State: De-bunking Public vs Private Sector Myths, Anthem, London.

Reid G (2014) Why should the taxpayer fund science and research?, National Centre for Universities and Business