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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 2014 Annual Lecture and AGM – 14th November

This November sees the 2014 CaSE Annual Lecture, given by the NASA Chief Scientist, Dr Ellen Stofan, and hosted by the Science Museum.

The event is free and open to the general public – we would very much like to see you there.

In her lecture, entitled ‘NASA’s Journey to Mars’, Dr Stofan will provide an overview of the agency’s plans to develop a human exploration pathway to Mars, and highlights of other NASA science programs, including a human mission to an asteroid, and opportunities for international co-operation.

Registration is from 18:30 with the lecture beginning at 19:00. After the lecture, there will be a drinks reception amongst the exhibits of the Science Museum. The event will finish at around 21.30. You can register for the event here.

The CaSE Annual General Meeting will be held before the lecture at 17:30, we will discuss CaSE’s activities and finances, and appoint new board members. The AGM is open to all individual and organisational members. We will then email the AGM papers to all those registered.

Please note, if the Annual Lecture sells out, priority will be given to CaSE members. To find out more about CaSE membership see here.

Kindly hosted by the Science Museum and sponsored by the Science & Technology Facilities Council, The Royal Astronomical Society, and University College London.

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Recent Round-Up

CaSE has published its October 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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Recent Round-Up

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 responded to this year’s A-level results. This year’s results show the continued rise in popularity of science and maths subjects at A-level, and CaSE congratulates all students, their teachers and parents, who have worked so hard to achieve excellent results. Read More »
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CaSE Annual Review 2013-14 published

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 »

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CaSE responds to BIS Capital Consultation

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.

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Recent Round Up

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

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CaSE looks forward to working with new Science and Education Ministers

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 »
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CaSE welcomes new Membership Manager


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 »

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Recent round-up

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 »
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CaSE responds to ‘Medical Research: What’s it Worth?’ Study

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 »

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Vacancy: Part-time paid internship (3 month contract)

Part time: 0.6 FTE (3 days per week)

London Living Wage: £800 per month at 0.6 FTE (equivalent £1,335 per month pro rata)

The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) is the leading independent advocacy group for science and engineering in the UK. We campaign on behalf of our members from across the science and engineering community, in industry and academia, to raise the profile of science and engineering in politics and government. We have a track record of successfully influencing politics and the media at the highest levels to campaign for better policies for science and engineering. We want the UK to have world-leading research and education, skilled scientists and engineers, and innovative businesses. Read More »

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Recent round-up

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

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Science and engineering in the 2014 European elections

One week ahead of the 2014 European Elections, CaSE and Euroscience have published the responses of the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, UKIP, the Green Party, Plaid Cymru and the SNP, to our questions on their EU science and engineering policies covering research, skills, innovation and evidence-based policymaking. Read More »

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New CaSE report: Improving diversity in STEM

A new CaSE report, Improving Diversity in STEM, shows that diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is much needed, but by all measures progress is too slow. Read More »

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New evidence: science investment boosts growth

A new independent report for CaSE shows that investing public money in science and engineering is good for the economy. The Economic Significance of the UK Science Base examines the economic impact of public investment in the UK science base.

The report looks in detail at the relationship between public funding of science and engineering and three levels of economic activity: total factor productivity growth in industries; ability of universities to attract external income; and interaction between individual researchers and the wider economy.  Read More »

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Recent round-up

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

  • CaSE will be holding a panel discussion on the economic significance of the UK science base in May. The panel and audience will discuss findings from Jonathan Haskel and Alan Hughes’ new report, ‘The Economic Significance of the UK Science Base’. This report, commissioned by CaSE and funded by a consortium of CaSE members, provides crucial economic evidence to support claims that Government can boost growth by investing in science and engineering research. The event is kindly hosted by The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on 7th May, 2pm-3.30pm. The event is open to CaSE’s organisational members and collaborators. Please RSVP to nickh@sciencecampaign.org.uk. Read More »
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CaSE Opinion Forum on Immigration Policy

Over forty CaSE members and collaborators met with the Home Office in January 2014 at the offices of Fragomen, the world’s leading immigration law firm, to discuss on-the-ground experiences of UK immigration policy and its impact on the ability of these organisations to do their work. You can read a PDF copy of this summary here.

The meeting is one of a series of CaSE Opinion Forums over the coming year, to develop policy work and manifesto recommendations in the run-up to the 2015 General Election and subsequent Spending Review. Read More »

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Changes to ‘Exceptional Talent’ visas

On Tuesday a new accelerated visa endorsement process for researchers who have been awarded senior and intermediate-level fellowships was announced. Read More »

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CaSE responds to Lords report on international STEM students

‘Action needed to attract global STEM talent’

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has today called on the Government to make substantial changes to UK migration policy to reverse the declining trend in international STEM students.  Read More »

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