CaSE has published its June 2015 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:
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With the official opening of Parliament, the dust has settled after the general election and MPs must get back to business. We think it is time to take a look at the changes to the representation of science and engineering in the House of Commons, as it is imperative that there is still a body of support for this vital sector.
If you are a new Member of Parliament you will already have discovered that life in the House is not quite what you imagined. You will be trying to cope with a mountain of casework whilst not having had the time to appoint staff, sorting out domestic and office accommodation on an inadequate budget, meeting all the commitments made during the election and not least, trying to find out how the arcane rules of the House actually work! These are just a few of the challenges you are facing so what am I doing trying to get you to do something else? Read More
Today CaSE has published a short briefing summarising the strong evidence for the value of public investment in science and engineering. The evidence shows it supports a strong economy, creates high-value jobs, and helps us all live healthier and happier lives.
Over the next five years there is enormous opportunity for science and engineering to drive economic prosperity and public wellbeing as a central feature of the Government’s long-term economic plan. Read More
Jo Johnson MP has been appointed Universities and Science Minister at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. He was previously a minister in the Cabinet Office.
Commenting on the appointment, CaSE Acting Director, Naomi Weir said:
“There is enormous opportunity for science and engineering to drive economic prosperity and public wellbeing. In his new role, Jo Johnson is in a strong position to ensure science and engineering is a central feature of the Government’s long-term economic plan. I look forward to working with him to ensure the UK has the people, the funding and the policies for science and engineering to thrive.” Read More
CaSE has published its May 2015 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:
I’m seeking election in Newbury constituency, an area which stretches both sides of the M4 corridor, for 20 miles from Aldermaston to Hungerford. We have fantastic transport connections, an attractive location and are fortunate in being home to a number of hi tech companies and manufacturers, not to mention AWE, the Atomic Weapons Research establishment.
Engineering is the foundation upon which all of our modern facilities, and services are based. It forms the bedrock upon which every aspect of our existence in this technological world revolves. Without electrical engineers, you would not have the power to read this text on your PC, mobile phone or tablet. Without electronic and computer engineers, these devices would not exist. Can you contemplate a world without your mobile? Most people can get by without a PC of tablet, but most would never leave home without their mobile.
CaSE has published its April 2015 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:
- Ahead of the General Election, the political parties have set out how they would support science and engineering if they are put into power on May 7th. Read More
The 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
CaSE has today published its analysis of the science and engineering policies of all the main political parties. Bringing together manifestos, speeches, letters from the party leaders, and blogs by parliamentary candidates, the analysis provides the most comprehensive view yet of what each party thinks about science and engineering. Read More
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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