Author Archives: Nick Hall

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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Vacancy: Membership Engagement and Development Manager

Central London. £24-34k pa, full time. 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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CaSE response to Lords Committee inquiry on international STEM students

The following is CaSE’s submission to the House of Lords call for evidence on International STEM students  (dated 19th February 2014).

The final report can be viewed here and CaSE’s response here. Read More »

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CaSE responds to reforms in science A-level practicals

“Science A-level reforms are not practical at all”

While the Chancellor has committed to making the UK the best place in the world to do science, changes to A-levels mean that young people will be able leave school with the highest grades in science without being able to do science at all. Read More »

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Recent Round-Up

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

  • CaSE has responded to the 2014 Budget, welcoming new science and engineering investment by the Chancellor, but warning that the UK needs to shift gears in order to win the ‘global race’. Read More »
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The Medical Research Pledge

On Tuesday leading UK medical research charities and organisations launched a campaign to ask British MEP candidates to pledge their support for medical research ahead of the elections in May.

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Running for Nick

Many of you in the science policy community will know that last year Nick Dusic, a former Director of CaSE, died of a rare cancer called Burkitt’s Lymphoma at just 34.

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Recent round-up

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

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Putting learned societies at the centre of the ‘policy community’

2013 marked the 30th anniversaries of the first significant number of AIDS cases reported in Britain, and the UK’s first scientific meeting on what was then a terrifying new disease. Read More »

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CaSE welcomes increase in science ringfence

CaSE is delighted to welcome the Government’s increase in the ringfenced science budget from £4,576m to £4,691m for 2015-16, an increase of £115m.

The Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts, and the Chancellor, George Osborne, have both emphasised that science is a priority for the Government and this announcement demonstrates their commitment.   Read More »

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New Year round-up

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

  • CaSE is holding a roundtable discussion on the impact of immigration policy on the science and engineering community for our members and collaborators, with the Head of Migration Policy from the Home Office on 24th January, 11am-1pm Read More »
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CaSE Press Release – ‘Skilled migration is essential’

Press release in response to British Social Attitudes Survey press release in advance of BBC2 ‘The Truth About Immigration’ presented by Nick Robinson, broadcast tonight, 7th January.

The Government wants to ‘win the race to the top’, as the Chancellor reiterated in his New Year speech yesterday. Once again, he backed his ‘personal priority’ of science to renew our high-tech economy and generate a ‘job-rich recovery for all’. It is clear that the future of the UK’s international competitiveness is not low-cost labour, but is high-skilled, high-value jobs in innovative world-leading sectors. The British Social Attitudes Survey reflects this as graduates and high earners think immigration is good for the economy. Read More »

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December round-up

CaSE has published its December2013 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:

  • Last week’s Autumn Statement by the Chancellor saw a number of announcements for science and engineering. See here for CaSE’s briefing on how science and engineering fared in the Autumn Statement. Read More »
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Vacancy: Part-time paid internship (3 month contract)

Part time: 0.6 FTE (3 days per week) – negotiable

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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CaSE Briefing – Autumn Statement 2013

This document sets out CaSE’s summary of announcements made today in the Autumn Statement that are relevant to science and engineering. They cover

  • Science and innovation
  • Education and skills
  • Infrastructure and capital
  • Departmental resource reduction

You can also read CaSE’s response to the Autumn Statement here.

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CaSE responds to Lords report on infrastructure

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has today published its report on scientific infrastructure, warning that the UK’s large scale scientific resources are being compromised by a lack of long term strategic investment.

CaSE welcomes this timely and comprehensive review by the Committee. Scientific infrastructure, including large pieces of equipment such as the synchrotron, aeroplanes for environmental monitoring, and high performance computing for large data sets, are essential to keep the UK at the forefront of discovery. Read More »

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CaSE response to the Lords inquiry on Scientific Infrastructure

The following is CaSE’s full response to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee report on scientific infrastructure – submitted June 2013. You can read CaSE’s response to the Committee’s final response here.

What role should the Government play in ensuring that there is an effective long-term strategy for meeting future scientific infrastructure needs?

A long-term strategy for meeting future infrastructure needs must be underpinned by a scientific infrastructure roadmap and accompanied by a long-term funding commitment.  Such a roadmap will include the case for well-argued large facilities, in addition to the maintenance and upgrade of existing facilities and provision for international collaborations. Read More »

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