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Chinese institutions on the rise, but the United States holds its position at the top of the 2022 Nature Index Annual Tables
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Chinese institutions on the rise, but the United States holds its position at the top of the 2022 Nature Index Annual Tables

China sees the largest increase in research output among the countries named in the top ten and closes the gap on the United States which has seen a drop in output but retains its place as the leading country The Nature Index Annual Tables, released on the 16th of June 2022, examine the institutions and countries that contributed most to high-quality natural-sciences research in 2021. China had a strong year, second for research output overall, as measured by Share* and with 14.4% growth in output in 2021 compared with 2020, the largest increase among the top ten countries in the Annual Tables. The Chinese Academy of Sciences leads the institutional tables for the tenth consecutive year since the Index was established, with a Share of 1,963.00 in 2021. This is more than double that o...
United States Takes Next Step in Supporting Innovative Clean Nuclear Technology in Europe
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United States Takes Next Step in Supporting Innovative Clean Nuclear Technology in Europe

On the 26th of June 2022, at the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Schloss Elmau, President Biden laid out the Administration’s whole of government effort to execute the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII) to narrow infrastructure gaps around the world, strengthen the global economy and supply chains, and advance international security through strategic investments.  As a key demonstration of this commitment, President Biden announced another milestone in the United States’ support for clean energy innovation as part of global efforts to combat climate change.  The United States is committing $14 million toward a Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) study to provide the basis for the deployment of a small modular reactor (SMR) power plant in Romania.  This action is the next...
Oxford to receive £7 million to turn bright ideas into global opportunities
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Oxford to receive £7 million to turn bright ideas into global opportunities

The University of Oxford has been awarded more than £7 million, the highest amount of funding given to organisations across the UK, in the latest round of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) funding - aimed at fueling the best, brightest and most disruptive ideas from Uk research institutions. The award follows Oxford’s recent top ranking in the UK for generating spin-out companies and its success in the Research Excellence Framework (the national research assessment exercise), which showed Oxford’s submission had the highest volume of world-leading research. Today’s news means the University has been awarded the largest amount of IAA funding in the UK, to jumpstart knowledge exchange, translation and commercialisation of research across all discipli...
Qatar Airways Group Announces a Record Profit in its 25 Year History of US$ 1.54 Billion for the FY 2021-2022
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Qatar Airways Group Announces a Record Profit in its 25 Year History of US$ 1.54 Billion for the FY 2021-2022

Qatar Airways Group celebrates its milestone 25th Anniversary year of operation with its strongest financial performance reflected in its published annual report for 2021/22, 200 per cent above its highest annual historical profit.  In the most difficult period ever in the global airline industry, the airline credits its positive results to its agility and successful strategy which continued to focus on customer needs and evolving market opportunities, as well as efficiency and the commitment of its worldwide employees. This profit is not only a record for Qatar Airways Group, but also a record among all other airlines that have published financial results for this financial year worldwide. Qatar Airways Group reported a record net profit of QAR 5.6 billion (US$ 1.54 billion) during the...
Thousands of families in England helped to build own homes
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Thousands of families in England helped to build own homes

Thousands of people and families in England will be supported onto the property ladder and given the opportunity to build their own home, with the launch of the government’s Help to Build scheme. Thousands of people in England will be supported onto the property ladder and given the opportunity to build their own home, with the launch of the government’s Help to Build scheme, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities announced today (24 June 2022). Backed by £150 million of government funding, Help to Build will enable people to overcome prohibitive mortgage costs to build a home that is tailored to their needs and in a community of their choice, with just a 5% deposit towards land and building costs. Help to Build will open for applications on Monday, making self a...
UK allocates over five crore taka for emergency relief to flood victims in Bangladesh
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UK allocates over five crore taka for emergency relief to flood victims in Bangladesh

This brings the UK’s contribution to the flood relief effort in recent weeks to £636,548 (over seven crore taka). The UK has released additional emergency funding of £442,548 (over five crore taka) to support communities affected by the ongoing floods in Sylhet division. This brings the UK’s contribution to the flood relief effort in recent weeks to £636,548 (over seven crore taka). Acting British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Mr Javed Patel, said “The devastation we have seen from flooding this year in Bangladesh has been heartbreaking. The new emergency funding we have released today will be used to support the most vulnerable through cash assistance, shelter management, water and sanitation, and educational materials.” The UK’s funding has been allocated through S...
School Workforce Data
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School Workforce Data

17-06-2021 The school workforce data must be seen in the context of the severe recruitment and retention problems that have developed over the past decade. Commenting on the Government’s publication of census data on the school workforce in England, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: "The school workforce data must be seen in the context of the severe recruitment and retention problems that have developed over the past decade. In the years leading up to the pandemic recruitment targets were missed and the number of teachers leaving the profession increased significantly. Too few teachers were recruited and retained to match pupil number increases, resulting in higher workload and pupil/teacher ratios. "Government policy directly contribut...
Celebrating Refugees Across the UK
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Celebrating Refugees Across the UK

Government recognises and celebrates the contributions of refugees who have resettled in the UK. Home Office, Chris Philp MP, and The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP 14 June 2021 This week is Refugee Week – a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. The government will be marking the occasion by sharing powerful stories of refugees who have come to the UK through government-backed legal routes to start a new life in the UK. Home Secretary Priti Patel said: This week casts a spotlight on all those who have enriched our communities since arriving in the UK looking to rebuild their lives. Thanks to the generosity and support of the British people, thousands of refugees from every part of the world are here makin...
Care Home Residents Can Stay Overnight As Visiting Restrictions Ease
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Care Home Residents Can Stay Overnight As Visiting Restrictions Ease

Care home residents will be able to spend more time with family and friends. Department of Health and Social Care and Helen Whately MP 14 June 2021 Residents will be able to spend time away from their care home with family and friends Every resident can nominate an ‘Essential Care Giver’ to provide additional support during visits This is the latest cautious step taken to restore care home visits to as close to normality as possible Care home residents will be able to spend more time with family and friends, including overnight stays as part of an easing of visiting restrictions announced today. Currently residents can only leave the care home for a visit if outdoors or for high-priority reasons, such as a dental or GP appointment, but will now be able to leave the hom...
The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021
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The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021

‘Caring Nation’ at the centre of Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021. Cabinet Office and The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP 11 June 2021 The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021 demonstrates the extraordinary efforts made by individuals in all four nations of the United Kingdom during the pandemic. The List includes those who have worked throughout the crisis, putting others before themselves - from caring neighbours, frontline and community heroes, to those supporting the UK recovery. The Birthday Honours List 2021 is the most ethnically diverse list to date, with 15% of recipients coming from an ethnic minority background. In a year that has truly tested the resolve and determination of the country, almost 23% of recipients are recommended for COVID-19 service. These include recipi...