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CaSE 2014 Annual Lecture – A Journey to Mars

By Nancy Williams, CaSE Intern

On Friday night Dr Ellen Stofan, NASA’s Chief Scientist, gave the Campaign for Science and Engineering’s 24th Annual Distinguished Lecture.

In front of a packed IMAX theatre at the Science Museum, Ellen took us through some of the extraordinary advances in science, technology and engineering resulting from exploration of space, and the challenges even now being worked on by scientists across the world driven by NASA’s journey to Mars. Read More »

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CaSE announces new Chair and Board of Directors

(L-R) CaSE Chair, Professor Graeme Reid, CaSE Director, Dr Sarah Main, and the former CaSE Chair, Professor Hugh Griffiths

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 »

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Vacancy: Policy Officer

Central London. £22-26k pa full-time

One year fixed-term contract (January 2015-December 2015), secondments welcome

Applications close Monday 17th November Read More »

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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 2014 GCSE Results

This year sees many changes to the GCSE system including the addition of the Further Additional Science qualification and changes to school accountability measures driving behaviour change. The changes make it difficult to unpick precisely what today’s results mean for science. Equally, the figures out today highlight the increasingly complex nature of the options for studying science facing schools, teachers and students. 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 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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Royal Society Vision

However hard people try, it is clear nobody can predict exactly what will happen in the future. But we can be sure that in five, ten and twenty years time science and mathematics will be at the heart of everyone’s lives, and skills in “STEM” areas will probably be even more essential in order to get a job and to to participate fully in society as a citizen. 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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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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Diversity and Science – WiSET

The WiSET team within the Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University have been addressing the barriers in science (and technology, engineering, maths and built environment) for under-represented groups, particularly women, over a number of years. 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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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 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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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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CaSE responds to 2014 Budget

“New investments welcome but gear shift needed to win global race”

Below is CaSE’s response to the 2014 Budget. You can also read our our  2014 Budget background paper.

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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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