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MPs to examine R&D and skills investment in Northern Ireland

14 January 2022

On 19 January, the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee will question leaders from academia and industry in a session examining investment in scientific research, innovation and skills development in Northern Ireland.

In written evidence to the inquiry, Queen’s University Belfast highlights that investment in Research and Development (R&D) is a key driver of economic growth, but that levels of public and private investment in R&D in Northern Ireland are some of the lowest in the UK. The evidence also highlights concerns of a lack of skilled graduates in the workforce, stemming from the significant proportion of young people leaving the country.

This second session of the Investment in Northern Ireland inquiry will hear perspectives from Northern Ireland on the effectiveness of the UK Government’s investment strategies in supporting scientific research and innovation and on improving skills development. Witnesses include the head of global aerospace and defence company Thales which has a large manufacturing operation in Belfast.


Wednesday 19 January

At 9.30am

  • Professor Emma Flynn, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr Robert Grundy, Chair, Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel (Matrix) and CEO Anglezarke Life Sciences
  • Philip McBride, Managing Director, Thales Belfast

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