Transforming Tomorrow Together

Whether it’s sending probes into space, finding new ways to treat cancer, or keeping the organisation running smoothly, we aim to make a real-world difference to people’s lives and the environment around us.

Launched in April 2018, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT). We invest in research and innovation to enrich lives, drive economic growth, and create jobs and high-quality public services across the UK. The work our scientists, technologists, engineers, and business support team do is focused on making an impact. Join our Apprentice Program today and get involved!

The path to delivering a Globally leading Research and Innovation Nation

Find out how we are empowering researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs to turn national and global challenges into opportunities for all, empowering our economy and our society, and putting research and innovation at the heart!

Discover what’s possible

Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, and Innovate UK.

Our nine councils work together in innovative ways to deliver an ambitious agenda, drawing on our great depth and breadth of expertise and the enormous diversity of our portfolio. UKRI offers a range of opportunities to launch your new career through one of our Apprenticeship programmes. With tailored training and support, you’ll relish the opportunity to work towards valued qualifications and develop expertise whilst making a real difference. We offer a range of programmes in both technical, scientific and business-related disciplines. Wherever your ambition lies, you can become a valued member of our team and forge your path in a supportive and innovative environment! We are looking for people who will relish the opportunity to work towards their chosen apprenticeship; developing knowledge, skills and behaviours whilst making a real difference in their role. We provide an opportunity to really pursue your interests and passion; you’ll have access to additional core skills development, a community of apprentices, annual Apprentice Awards Evenings, a number of active sport and social groups across our sites and potential opportunities for overseas placements. Our dedicated Apprenticeship Team will support you every step of the way, helping you make the most of your opportunities and to achieve the goals you already have – and those you have yet to discover!

Perks and benefits

  • Cycle scheme

  • Employee assistance

  • Flexible working

  • Learning and development

  • Pension

  • Rewards and benefits

UK Research and Innovation

UK Research and Innovation, Polaris House, Swindon, SN2 1FL

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Company information

Science, Research, Technology


  • Hampshire

  • Daresbury

  • Edinburgh

  • Didcot

  • London

  • Cambridge

  • Saltburn-by-the-Sea

  • Bristol

  • Nottinghamshire

  • Wallingford

  • Belfast, BT2 8FD

  • Cardiff

  • Edinburgh

  • London

  • Cambridge

  • Oxfordshire


  • ...something I was always interested in which I now have a career in.

    My apprenticeship has been useful as it allowed me to actually experience what engineering is – something I was always interested in which I now have a career in.
  • This is the friendliest workplace I have ever been part of!

    Embarking on my apprenticeship journey at STFC has been a dynamic experience, filled with both valuable technical challenges and signification accomplishments. This is the friendliest workplace I have ever been part of!
  • ...understanding of Engineering theory whilst feeling like I am making a difference...

    I thoroughly enjoy my role! The diversity of the work and the systems we maintain have enabled me to develop a broad understanding of Engineering theory whilst feeling like I am making a difference to the operation of the highly complex life science research unit.
Some of us have been with the organisation for many years and it’s important that we’re able to transfer that wealth of knowledge to our future workforce generation. Apprenticeships present the perfect channel for this and, as such, are an integral part of our succession planning. The fresh injection of talent, energy and different perspectives that an apprentice brings has had a positive impact in so many ways
Sue Roper
GeoInformation Collection Coordinator at BGS

University partners

  • Aston University, Birmingham

  • University of Bath

  • University of Bristol

  • Brunel University London

  • University of Cambridge

  • Cardiff University

  • Cranfield University

  • University of Cumbria

  • University of Derby

  • Durham University

  • The University of Edinburgh

  • University of Exeter

  • University of Glasgow

  • Heriot-Watt University

  • University of Huddersfield

  • Imperial College London

  • King's College London, University of London

  • Lancaster University

  • University of Leeds

  • University of Liverpool

  • Loughborough University

  • University of Manchester

  • Newcastle University

  • Nottingham Trent University

  • University of Nottingham

  • Open University

  • University of Oxford

  • University of Plymouth

  • Queen Mary University of London

  • Queen's University Belfast

  • Royal Veterinary College, University of London

  • University of St Andrews

  • University of Sheffield

  • Solent University (Southampton)

  • University of Southampton

  • University of Surrey

  • Swansea University

  • UCL (University College London)

  • University of Warwick

  • York St John University

  • University of York


Our vision is for an outstanding research and innovation system in the UK that gives everyone the opportunity to contribute and to benefit, enriching lives locally, nationally and internationally. Our mission is to convene, catalyse and invest in close collaboration with others to build a thriving, inclusive research and innovation system that connects discovery to prosperity and public good.


Our Values,  Collaboration  Excellence  Innovation  Integrity At the heart of world-leading research and innovation is our people. UKRI people have vision, passion, and pride, and are prepared to collaborate freely with each other to change the world for the better. Research and innovation should be for everyone, by everyone. By valuing all, we recognise that the diversity and inclusion of ideas, opinions, knowledge and people enrich our work and enlarges our knowledge economy.


  • Apprentice Employer of the Year

  • Gold award in the ‘We Invest in Apprentices’ accreditation