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Science Minister gives the CaSE Annual Lecture

CaSE Annual LectureLast night saw the Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson, give the 30th anniversary lecture of the Campaign for Science and Engineering.

The event was kindly hosted by the Royal Institution and was attended by a sold-out audience from across the science and engineering community.

The Minister took the opportunity in his speech to announce new funding, and highlight the importance of the UK’s international research partnerships and the strength of ties with European research partners. Ahead of the lecture, the Science Minister had an article published in The Times, warning that Brexit risked damaging the UK’s world-beating scientists. Read More »

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CaSE launches new immigration report

Immigration report1CaSE has called on the Government to improve its immigration policies to maintain the UK’s position as a leading global hub of science and engineering.

In a report, launched today in the House of Lords, CaSE said that the Government’s anti-immigration rhetoric and immigration policies are putting the UK’s future economic and scientific success at risk. The report concludes that complex rules, unclear guidance, and bureaucracy are making immigration unnecessarily difficult for these economically-valuable workers. Read More »

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CaSE raises concerns over funding cuts in Wales

CaSE has written to the Minister for Education and Skills in the Welsh Government, expressing concerns at the 32% cut to the budget of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) proposed in the Welsh Government’s draft Budget in December.

You can read the full letter here.

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Recent Round-Up

CaSE has published its January 2016 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:

  • You are invited to attend the CaSE Annual Lecture , given by the Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson MP, on the evening of 27th January at the Royal Institution.

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CaSE Vacancy: Membership Engagement and Development Manager

Position: Membership Engagement and Development Manager
Full-time
Location: London
Salary: £28-34,000 depending on experience
Closing date for applications: 30th November 2015
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How long can science run without batteries?

Being less than a week away from the publication of the Spending Review, the science and engineering community is drowning in suspense and uncertainty. And let’s be honest, “A country that lives within its means” isn’t exactly an optimistic title for the document that will define the research and innovation atmosphere for the next five years. Read More »

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CaSE responds to the Nurse Review

Sir Paul Nurse has today published his independent review of the UK Research Councils.

The review was requested by the Government following the publication of the Science and Innovation Strategy in 2014.

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‘Is the world flat?’ A question from Manchester policy week

To many onlookers, a ‘flat cash’ settlement in the forthcoming Spending Review would be a pretty good result for UK science. They may be right, in the context of a worryingly tight fiscal round, that it might be. But there are many – particularly in UK science – who think it would be a disaster.

This was the context for a seminar held by CaSE at the University of Manchester’s Policy Week earlier this month. Speaking alongside Naomi Weir of CaSE, Graeme Reid of CaSE and UCL, Andrew Miller, former Chair of the Science and Technology Committee and Andrew Jones of AstraZeneca, we discussed what we thought might happen in the Spending Review, why we thought it would happen and what that would mean for science over the longer term. Read More »

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CaSE AGM – 16th December

CaSE will be holding its 2015 Annual General Meeting on 16th December, 5-6pm, kindly hosted by the Wellcome Trust. The AGM will discuss CaSE’s activities and finances, and appoint new board members.

You can register for the event here. Read More »

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Recent Round-Up

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

  • The new House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has this week published its report on the Science Budget, calling on the Government to back science in the upcoming Spending Review. Both our Acting Director and Chair gave evidence to the Committee, and the report’s publication received coverage in The Times and The Observer. CaSE has set out and commented on the Committee’s recommendations here. Read More »
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CaSE responds to Higher Education green paper

The Government has launched a consultation on how the UK’s research funding system could be simplified. The green paper on reforms to the higher education system proposes closing the Higher Education Funding Council for England, which administers the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and allocates Quality-Related research funding to English universities. The consultation also asks for views on how the REF could be improved.  Read More »

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Digging deep, aiming high; supporting UK geophysics and astronomy

It’s (almost) always about the money

The cycle of spending reviews has become very familiar. A budget sets out headlines, rumours of deep cuts follow, before we see outcomes a little better than expected, and the science community breathes a deep sigh of relief. Read More »

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‘Future of Science Policy’ event in Manchester

CaSE is hosting a science and innovation policy event with the University of Manchester, as part of the city’s ‘Year of Science’, on 3rd November.

The event, ‘The Future of Science and Innovation Policy’, is free and open to the general public.

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Science, productivity and the spending review

Stagnating productivity is one of the biggest problems the UK faces, and it’s the most compelling reason why, despite a tight fiscal climate, the science and innovation budget should be preserved (and ideally, increased). Read More »

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Call for respondents to a survey on science and engineering research and the EU

The Campaign for Science and Engineering and the Engineering Professors’ Council (EPC) are investigating the role that EU membership plays in science and engineering research in the UK.

Our findings will be published in a report by the end of the year to inform the in/out debate ahead of the EU referendum. The report will be published by the end of 2015 and will also be submitted to the House of Lords inquiry on the influence of EU membership on UK science.

We have released a survey to help us gather the views of research scientists and engineers to inform our work.

Please find the survey here. The deadline for responses is noon on the 23rd of October.

We are also looking to collect examples of research projects which illustrate the role EU membership plays in science and engineering research in the UK. We would be very grateful if you would be willing to share your experiences with us.

If you have any examples, or questions regarding the project, please contact: policy@sciencecampaign.org.uk

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Sowing the seeds of science for our future

2015 feels like it may end up being a watershed year for the environment.

When science and politics come together in harmony, great things can be achieved. The Paris climate summit at the end of the year will coincide with the impact of the most significant El Nino event since 1950 starting to be felt. The UN released human population growth projections, estimating an additional billion people inhabiting our planet by 2030, and also agreed 17 new Sustainable Development Goals. Read More »

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Vaccines: a good buy for health and science

When the Treasury published its guidance on the upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review in July in a document entitled A country that lives within its means their aims were immediately clear: tight fiscal discipline. In other words, major reductions in the budgets of many central government departments.

Some budgets have been protected, and this includes health. The threat is therefore focussed on unprotected budgets – which includes money that is distributed to life sciences research through the Research Councils. Any reduction in science spending would be disastrous not just for this generation of scientists but for those yet to come as many, including CaSE, have argued so eloquently. The ultimate impact on the UK’s prosperity is a genuine worry since spending on research and education have been shown to pay off handsomely. Read More »

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Recent Round-Up

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

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Four reasons why the Government needs to keep spending money on science

Cancer Research UK is the world’s largest independent cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. Last year we spent £434 million on research in institutes, hospitals and universities across the UK, supporting research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.

Our pioneering work has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates in the UK double in the last forty years. Read More »

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Science is under threat again and we need your help!

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