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Recent Round-Up

latest-e-bulletinCaSE has published its April 2015 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:

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What the Party Leaders have to say on science and engineering

Party LettersThe political parties have today set out how they would support science and engineering if they are put into power in the General Election on May 7th.

The commitments are set out in letters to CaSE, which wrote to the leader of every political party with at least one MP in Westminster, sending them our election briefings and asking them how they will support science and engineering in the next Parliament. Read More »

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Taking the politics out of science

Science and engineering are vital to a modern society and to it’s future prosperity.

The UK has been pre-eminent in the fields of science and engineering for hundreds of years. After all, it was the application of science and engineering here that resulted in the industrial revolution. This in turn produced a massive increase in productivity and wealth, ultimately leading to improvements in our health and longevity. Therefore the training, education and funding of the future generations of scientists and engineers should be a top priority of any responsible Government, and would be for a UKIP Government. Read More »

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Canterbury – a Centre of Excellence

British science has an impressive track-record, but government support is essential if we are to retain our position, punching above our weight in global science.

The parliamentary constituency of Canterbury includes the University of Kent, Christchurch Canterbury University as well as a strong and expanding College of Further Education and a number of other educational institutions. The University of Kent has particular strengths in Bioscience, Electronic Engineering and Computer Science. All the institutions are committed to training the highly skilled scientific and technical personnel we will need to retain our position at the forefront of world science.

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CaSE responds to 2015 Budget

In today’s budget the Chancellor stated that “future economic success depends on future scientific success”.

A successful long-term economic plan must therefore have a long-term plan for science at its core. He said the government was “choosing the future…choosing jobs… choosing the whole nation”. To do that the Chancellor, and the next government, must choose to increase investment in science and engineering over the long-term. Read More »

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CaSE 2015 Budget Briefing

New CaSE analysis shows that the UK research base has lost over £1 billion of investment over the course of this Parliament due to the government’s flat-cash ringfence policy.

It also reveals that if current government policy is maintained, overall funding for research will continue to be eroded by inflation despite recent capital spending commitments, with the overall shortfall reaching £2.3 billion by 2020.

CaSE has analysed investment since 2010 in the UK research base, composed of the resource ‘Science Budget’ and capital budget, over the term of this Parliament, comparing it to what would have been spent if 2010 budgets had been maintained in line with inflation. The analysis looks at overall research base investment and how the resource and capital budgets have individually affected investment in science and engineering. It also looks at planned investment in the next Parliament (2015/16 to 2019/20). Read More »

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Recent Round-Up

CaSE has published its March 2015 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:

  • Ahead of the Election, CaSE has been inviting Prospective Parliamentary Candidates to write for CaSE on why science and engineering is important to the UK and how they would support this as a Member of Parliament. So far we’ve received over 100 responses from candidates and we’ll be publishing their comments regularly in the run-up to May 7th. Read More »
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Parliamentary Candidates write for CaSE

Ahead of the 2015 General Election CaSE has been contacting Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs), inviting them to write for the CaSE website on why science and engineering is important to the UK and how they would support this as a Member of Parliament.

20% of the UK workforce is now employed in science and engineering roles. We believe that the electorate care deeply about scientific issues and would like to hear more from their candidates on the importance of science and engineering to the long-term future of the UK. Read More »

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Importance of Science and Engineering for the UK

I wholly accept that in a global economy in which there is fierce competition for talented people and an active transfer market of Scientists and Engineers across the world, the UK must be able to attract and retain the best people into its research companies, charities, universities and schools.

In my opinion Science and Engineering is vital to the UK in both research and manufacturing terms. Engineering can equip young people for a high tech future and will enable us to overcome global challenges, create jobs and build a prosperous Britain.

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CaSE responds to changes to GCSE practical science assessments

Ofqual has announced the adoption of a new approach for GCSE science practical assessment that will use written exam questions in place of controlled assessment.

Each exam board will have to specify a minimum number of practical activities that students must complete in class, set no lower than 8 in each individual science subject and 16 for combined science. Each school will be required to confirm that they have enabled their students to do the full range of practical work and students will be required to keep a record of their work. Read More »

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CaSE responds to Labour’s plan to cut tuition fees

Ed Miliband has today announced that a future Labour government would cut university tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000. The announcement comes with the assurance that the policy is ‘fully funded’, paid for by a cut to tax relief on the pensions of higher earners. Read More »

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Recent Round-Up

CaSE has published its January 2015 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:

  • CaSE has launched our top ten actions we want to see the next government take to champion science and engineering. #ChampionSTEM
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CaSE kicks off the election year with a debate and a call for action

The sold-out CaSE cross-party debate, kindly hosted by the Royal Society tonight, brings together the science spokespeople from the three main Westminster parties to discuss the future direction of science and engineering in the UK. Read More »

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Dr Martin Turner joins CaSE

Dr Martin Turner is the new Policy Advisor at CaSE

I’m really pleased to be joining the CaSE team, especially at such an exciting time with the upcoming general election.

2015 is going to be a critical year for science and engineering. No matter who enters Downing Street, there are going to be tough decisions for government spending and we will have to fight hard to protect investment in our sector. Read More »

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A step in the right direction for immigration

The Conservative party leadership has reportedly rejected proposals by Home Secretary, Theresa May, to force international students to return home after graduation before applying for work visas in the UK.

UK immigration policy currently allows international students to stay if they find a graduate-level job paying £24,000 a year within four months of graduating. Read More »

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‘Best place in the world to do science’ – but not if you’re from abroad?

CaSE Director, Dr Sarah Main said:

“I am dismayed that the Government seems intent on thwarting its commitment to make ‘Britain the best place in the world to do science’ with immigration proposals that threaten to put off the exceptional scientists and engineers who wish to come here.” Read More »

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Recent Round-Up

CaSE has published its December 2014 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include: Read More »

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CaSE responds to Science and Innovation Strategy

CaSE finds much to welcome in the Government’s science and innovation strategy, but important questions remain unanswered. Read More »

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How to make the UK the ‘best place to do science’


Election 2015 – Policy Briefings

Ahead of the 2015 Election, the Campaign for Science and Engineering has worked with its members and collaborators to develop a toolkit that government can use to realise its ambition to make the UK a leading scientific nation.

Every major political party has put science and engineering at the heart of their plans for a prosperous innovative Britain, driving high skills jobs and growth. Read More »

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CaSE responds to Autumn Statement 2014

Does government back the Chancellor’s ‘personal priority’ of science?

In this Autumn Statement, science was again singled out as the Chancellor’s ‘personal priority’. We saw indications of intent on how the government will spend the £1.1bn pa capital committed to science for the next five years in announcements of new facilities and research centres.

With many of these located in the north of England, we see how science is being used as a tool in the government’s drive to ‘rebalance the economy’. Announcements on skills and the fiscal landscape for research are welcome, but these need to be part of a coherent cross-government strategy to work. Read More »

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