In March 2001, Sir Gareth Roberts was asked by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretaries of State at the Department of Trade and Industry and at the Department for Education and Skills to undertake a review into the supply of science and engineering skills in the UK. The review revealed that many early career researchers were lacking the skills required by employers. In response the government has provided money through the research councils to support the development of training opportunities for early career researchers in all subjects. This funding is colloquially known as the 'Roberts money'.
Development opportunities funded via `Roberts money’ (including those supported by this fund) need to promote development in one or more of the five areas outlined in sections C-G of the Research Councils’ Joint Skills Statement (2001) .
The five areas, C-G are :
- Research Management
- Personal Effectiveness
- Communication Skills
- Networking and Team Working
- Career Management
On Tuesday 1st June 2010 a Window On Research session was held on the subject of Roberts' Funding .