Author Archives: Nick Hall
CaSE finds much to welcome in the Government’s science and innovation strategy, but important questions remain unanswered. Read More
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
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
CaSE has welcomed today’s news in The Times (£) that the Chancellor George Osborne will be announcing a new £200 million science institute to be built in Manchester.
Update: For further details see CaSE’s response to the 2014 Autumn Statement.
CaSE Cross-Party Science and Engineering Debate 2015
Wednesday 14th January
The Royal Society
With only six months until the 2015 General Election, CaSE is bringing together the science spokespeople from the three main Westminster parties to debate the future direction of science and engineering in the UK. Read More
CaSE has published its December 2014 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:
Ahead of the 2015 General Election, CaSE has written to the leader of every political party with at least one MP, asking them to set out their manifesto commitments that are relevant to the science and engineering sector. Read More
CaSE is pleased to announce the election of its new Chair of the Board of Directors, Professor Graeme Reid.
Professor Reid is Chair of Science and Research Policy at University College London and was previously Head of Research Funding at the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). Read More
CaSE is extremely disappointed to hear that the position of Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) to the European Commission President is being abolished.
The role of European CSA is an hugely important one, ensuring that independent scientific advice and evidence-based policy remains embedded in the highest levels of EU-decision making. Read More
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CaSE has published its September 2014 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:
CaSE has published its Annual Review for 2013-14. It gives a summary of CaSE’s activities over the year, including meetings with ministers, policy consultations, events and campaign achievements. Highlights during the year include: Read More
In response to the 2014 BIS Capital Consultation “Creating the Future: a 2020 Vision for Science and Research”, CaSE wrote a letter to the Universities and Science Minister, then David Willets, and developed a joint submission with The Science Council, outlining key issues raised by their respective member bodies.
As part of this submission, CaSE and The Science Council believe that decisions about capital spending should be guided by the following principles:
- Long-term, stable and balanced strategy: a capital funding roadmap should sit within an overarching, long-term vision for UK science that supports high-quality multidisciplinary basic and applied research, the development of a skilled workforce, sustains our world-leading universities and research institutions, attracts industries from all over the world and builds a diverse and sustainable innovation ecosystem.
- Decisions must not be based on political expediency: capital infrastructure decisions must be determined by robust cost-benefit analysis outlined in a comprehensive business plan, not determined by electoral timetables or political agendas
- Robust and transparent decision-making: a robust mechanism for making capital funding decisions should be outlined within a long-term research strategy. A long-term strategy must set out capital investment priorities and provide flexibility for investment in new technologies.
- Science community-led decisions: within the robust mechanism, funding priorities and decisions at an operational level must be aligned with an overall strategy and made primarily on the basis of scientific excellence and potential impact.
- Resources to match capital investment: funding of human and material resources to ensure efficient operation and maintenance of facilities and equipment should be matched to capital investment to ensure that resources are used efficiently and achieve the greatest impact.
- Nurturing a highly skilled workforce: a highly skilled workforce is essential to maximise capital investment. There needs to be an aligned, long term and adequately resourced skills and training strategy to nurture the next generation of talent to match the long term capital investment strategy.
The full response can be found here.
CaSE has published its July 2014 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:
- CaSE has said goodbye to David Willets, former Minister for Science and Universities. We look forward to continuing close and productive relationships with the newly appointed ministers for universities, science, education and skills, Dr Greg Clark, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan, Nick Boles and George Freeman. CaSE has also set out what this reshuffle might mean for science and engineering. Read More
Today has seen change across ministerial responsibilities for universities, science, education and skills:
- Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities, The Rt Hon Dr Greg Clark (Formerly David Willetts – standing down at next election)
- Secretary of State for Education, The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan (Formerly Michael Gove – appointed Chief Whip and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury)
- Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, Nick Boles (Formerly Matthew Hancock – appointed Minister of State for Business, Enterprise and Energy) Read More
The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), the UK’s leading independent scientific advocacy group, welcomes Jenni Lacey as the new Membership Engagement and Development Manager.
Jenni will manage all aspects of CaSE’s individual and organisational membership.
She studied Natural Science at the University of Sussex and went on to complete a Masters in Science Communication at Imperial College London. Prior to joining CaSE she has worked in the marketing team for scientific equipment manufacturers and most recently as Membership Marketing Officer at the Society of Biology. Read More
CaSE has published its June 2014 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:
CaSE has welcomed the launch of the Equality Challenge Unit’s Race Equality Charter Mark national trial. Last month CaSE published its new report, Improving Diversity in STEM, bringing together data and research from the last five years to build a picture of the current state of diversity in STEM, from education to the workforce. Read More
CaSE welcomes today’s launch of the ‘Medical Research: What’s it worth?’ study which shows that each pound invested in cancer-related research by the taxpayer and charities returns around 40 pence to the UK every year.
Along with previous What’s it worth studies and CaSE’s report on the Economic Significance of the UK Science Base, this builds on the evidence to support advice that government can drive economic growth by investing in science and engineering research. Read More