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Standing out from the IT crowd: How do we make Britain a world leader in digital skills?

CaSE and University Alliance organised a roundtable discussion to inform the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee and its inquiry into digital skills. This is an area of growing concern for a number of our member organisations and so this roundtable provided an opportunity for the Committee to hear directly from experts across the digital skills landscape including those involved in school education, informal learning, teacher training, higher education and employers. Read More »

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Recent Round-Up

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

  • CaSE has published a new report, calling on the Government to improve its immigration policies to maintain the UK’s position as a leading global hub of science and engineering.

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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. You can watch a video of the lecture here.

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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30 years of CaSE; does science still need saving?

1986 AdvertThirty years ago today, on 13th January 1986, a full page advertisement paid for by 1500 scientists appeared in The Times calling on the public to ‘Ask your Member of Parliament to save British science before it is too late’.

This led to the formation of the pressure group Save British Science, since renamed the Campaign for Science and Engineering.

This crowd-sourced action was prompted by a dire situation in UK research. Scientists were concerned about the ‘brain drain’ abroad, swingeing cuts to universities and whole areas of research being lost due to declining funding. They felt they needed a voice for science in Parliament, which is what we have provided ever since.

Today, despite recent Government’s efforts to protect the science budget, investment in research continues to fall behind that of our main industrial competitors and CaSE’s work is more important than ever. Commenting on the anniversary, Professor Denis Noble, one of the original founders, said:

“It would have been impossible for those of us who founded the organisation in 1986 to foresee such a strong case being made for science and engineering nearly 30 years later.”

30 years on from the original advert, CaSE Director Dr Sarah Main has had the following letter published in today’s Times:

Dear Sir

Thirty years ago today, 1500 scientists placed an advertisement in The Times calling on your readers to ‘Ask your Member of Parliament to save British science before it is too late’. It expressed their concern at the ‘brain drain’ abroad and at research lost due to declining budgets.

The parallels with 1986 are stark. Budgets are being heavily hit and government investment in science continues to fall behind competitor nations, even 30 years on.  There is a ‘brain block’, as opposed to a ‘brain drain’, as science students turn away from the UK believing they are not welcome.

The advert appealed to the public to make a stand for British science. I believe science is worth investing in. It is one of the UK’s great strengths and reaps rewards for us all. I wonder if your readers would agree and would stand up for British science today?

Stephen Metcalfe MP has also sponsored the following Early Day Motion in Parliament, celebrating CaSE’s 30th anniversary:

That this House marks the thirtieth anniversary of the advertisement placed in The Times on 13 January 1986 by 1,500 scientists which called on the public to ask their hon. Members to save British science before it is too late; notes that at that time concern was expressed about the brain drain abroad and the loss of research in the UK due to declining budgets; further notes that the organisation entitled Save British Science was established as a result and was later renamed the Campaign for Science and Engineering; applauds the work that both organisations have done over the last thirty years to promote UK science; and finally welcomes the efforts that the UK science and engineering community make to strengthen links between Science and Parliament.

In 30 years time, we expect science and engineering to be integral to shaping what life is like across the world. Will the UK be a creator of new knowledge and solutions to the world’s problems or a follower waiting for other countries lead the way?

The UK is a science superpower. Let’s not let it slide into second rate. Let’s back it with everything we’ve got.


The 30th anniversary gives an opportunity for those involved with CaSE, both past and present, to recall their time with the organisation and why CaSE remains so important.

Professor Bill Banks, University of Strathclyde and former Save British Science/CaSE Board Member:

“I was on the Committee when we changed the name and ethos to CaSE. I think it was an excellent move giving engineering an authoritative and powerful voice right to the heart of government. It has proved immensely beneficial over the years.”

Professor Dame Athene Donald, University of Cambridge and CaSE Advisory Council Member:

“CaSE is an organisation that, being independent and well-informed, can take a hard look at the issues facing the community and ask the questions of Government that need to be asked. It serves an extremely valuable role for the whole scientific community.”

Please feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments section below.

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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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New Report – Role of EU membership in UK science and engineering research

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CaSE responds to 2015 Spending Review

HMTFurther to this CaSE has since taken a more detailed look at the spending review and the research budget figures.

CaSE has welcomed the Government’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement, announced by the Chancellor George Osborne today.

Among the headline figures, the Government has committed to protecting the £4.7 billion science budget in real terms up to the 2019/20. Read More »

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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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Back to the Future

In preparation for Wednesday’s Spending Review, I’ve been digging through the CaSE archives to see how things unfolded back in 2010 (when I was just a young PhD student almost oblivious to the mechanisations of Whitehall’s spending decisions).

I’ve come across this helpful CaSE submission to the Science & Technology Committee’s 2011 inquiry on the impact of the Spending Review. I recommend giving it a read. It shows how the full details of the 2010 Review slowly emerged over the weeks and months following the Chancellor’s speech. 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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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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‘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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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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‘Science Lives Here’ says the Royal Institution

‘Science Lives Here’ is the motto that sits under ‘Royal Institution’ in our logo. We changed it a few years ago to reflect that for over 200 years the Royal Institution has been at the forefront of public discussion about science.

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Maintaining the UK as a scientific superpower

As the Government’s comprehensive spending review approaches, BIA members have joined together to voice the need for stable, long-term public spending on science and innovation in the UK. The pace of development in science and research is rapid and government investment in the sector is vital if the UK is to maintain its globally competitive edge. Read More »

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Innovation – the power of three

Seen from the ground, growth in sales and profits, rewarding careers opportunities, exploitation and dissemination of new technologies are just some of the obvious consequence of companies’ innovation efforts. And in their own words, manufacturers who participated in some recent EEF research told us why innovation matters to them…

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Science for Science’s sake

The upcoming spending review has meant that we have all had to re-examine our assumptions on this score. Ordinarily, I am a strong believer in science for science’s sake but, in really debating whether the science budget should be protected, it has become clear that there are many other reasons for doing so.

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Recent Round-Up

CaSE has published its September 2015 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 member Facebook

FB-f-Logo__blue_144Facebook is one of the world’s largest social networking services with offices and research facilities all around the world. With approximately 500 staff in the UK, Facebook relies on a skilled workforce of software engineers, mathematicians and data scientists to drive its business. Read More »

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