Category Archives: Reports, Briefings and Consultations

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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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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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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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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Can the Chancellor promote the UK to the scientific premier league?

“The spending review is about making choices, and for me science is a personal priority.”

Chancellor George Osborne at last week’s ‘topping out’ ceremony at the Francis Crick Institute

“I am up for the challenge… of making Britain the best place in the world to do science.”

Chancellor George Osborne in speech to the Royal Society 9 November 2012

CaSE welcomes the positive signals from the Chancellor of the Exchequer about his personal commitment to science in advance of the spending review. Read More »

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CaSE reviews advisory network in Whitehall

Today the House of Lords is debating the role of departmental Chief Scientific Advisors (DCSAs). The debate has been called by the Chair of the Lords Science and Technology Committee, Lord Krebs, following the Committee’s report into the role and function of DCSAs, earlier this year.

Science and engineering impacts on the work of every government department, from climate change to transport infrastructure and military defence to school-age education. It is therefore crucial that independent scientific advice should be at the heart of government and that each department should have a CSA to deliver expert advice and oversee science policymaking.

Ahead of today’s debate, CaSE has produced the following briefing – giving an up-to-date review of the DCSA network across government.

Summary
CSA Scorecard
Sufficient Oversight Powers
Ministry of Defence
Department for Culture Media and Sport
Departmental Research & Development Budgets Read More »

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Immigration evidence needed – can you help?

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has launched a new consultation on the Shortage Occupations List, which closes on 30th November 2012.

The MAC is the Government’s main independent advisory body on immigration policy. Part of their role is keeping the Shortage Occupations List (SOL) up to date. If your job appears on the SOL, then you’ll have an easier time getting into the country.

The Government have recently asked the MAC, amongst other things, whether jobs on the SOL should be removed from the list automatically after two years – the rationale being that the SOL is intended to be a short-term measure, not a way of addressing long-term skills shortages. Read More »

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Changes to UK immigration rules

Introduction

New Immigration Rules took effect on 6 April that will change the way that research centres, universities and other employers recruit workers from outside of Europe.  More changes are due on 14 June 2012.

The extensive set of changes touched on every area of policy for Tier 2 migrants, the ‘skilled worker’ category.  There has been a lot of change, and staff in HR, the individual employees and their recruiting managers could be forgiven for losing track. Read More »

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CaSE Evidence to Lords Inquiry into Departmental Scientific Advisers

This following evidence was submitted by CaSE to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Inquiry into the Role and Function of Departmental Chief Scientific Advisers (CSAs), on 11th October 2011. We’ve also compiled a Scorecard to rate the suitability of each  departmental CSA, which you can view here.

The Commitee’s report was published in February 2012 and you can read it here.

Introduction

  • 1. The Campaign for Science and Engineering is a non-profit organisation which advocates for the UK to become a better place in which to conduct science and engineering. We are supported by a hundred different organisational members in the science and engineering sector, ranging from universities and companies to learned societies and research charities. Read More »
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CaSE response to Liberal Democrat science policy review

The following is CaSE’s submission to the Liberal Democrat science policy review, dated 20th February 2012. You can access a PDF version of the submission here.

 

Dear Julian,

Thank you for your letter of 31st January 2012 inviting CaSE to contribute to your update of Liberal Democrat science policy. I have enclosed some of our reflections on the current state of UK science policy in the three keys areas you identified – money, people, and science in policy as well as recommendations which we hope your party will be able to implement in Government and for your next manifesto. I hope they are of use to you.

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CaSE response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee – Bridging the “valley of death”: improving the commercialisation of research

1. The Campaign for Science & Engineering (CaSE) is a membership organisation aiming to improve the scientific and engineering health of the UK. CaSE works to ensure that science and engineering are high on the political and media agenda, and that the UK has world-leading research and education, skilled and responsible scientists and engineers, and successful innovative business. It is funded by around 750 individual members and 100 organisations including industries, universities, learned and professional organisations, and research charities. Read More »

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Science Funding queried in Parliament

Science funding was today raised in the House of Commons, during oral questions to the Secretary of Sate for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and CaSE was mentioned in the exchange.

Labour Shadow Business, Innovation and Skills Minister Chi Onwurah stated that the independent Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) showed that science funding had been cut by 12 per cent. Innovation support was being denied to businesses, she added.

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Huge inconsistencies in science advice in Government

The scientific advice network across Whitehall suffers from wildly inconsistent support mechanisms, according to new research conducted by the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE). While some departmental Chief Scientific Advisors (CSAs) have excellent links with their host department, many post-holders may not have sufficient independence, oversight, or access to ministers to properly fulfil their brief, according to the independent advocacy group.

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CaSE Chief Scientific Advisor Scorecard

Responding to a House of Lords Science and Technology Committee inquiry into the work of departmental Chief Scientific Advisors (CSA), CaSE has compiled a scorecard to rate the suitability of each current departmental CSA up to September 2011. The scorecard has found “huge inconsistencies in science advice in government”.

Note that the scores relate to the departmental CSA structure, rather than the competency of the individuals themselves. You can view a PDF copy of the scorecard here.

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CaSE respond to inquiry into practical experiments in schools

 

This is CaSE’s consultation response to the House of Common Science and Technology Committee inquiry into practical experiments in school science lessons and science field trips, which can be found here.

Science and engineering are critical to the UK’s social and economic future. Demographic trends in Europe and further afield mean that this country must strengthen its medium- and high-skills sectors in order to be competitive. Read More »

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Public Funding of UK Science and Engineering: Putting Government Rhetoric to the Test

In this paper we analyse recent changes in the amount and organisation of public spending on science and engineering and test whether actual spending plans live up to Government rhetoric. CaSE believes that a higher priority needs to be given to science & engineering spending. The Government must develop a long-term investment plan to genuinely secure the future of UK research, and the innovation that such research drives.

A PDF version is available here.

The Science Budget (£4.6bn..?)

Government Statement:

“Britain is a world leader in scientific research.  And that is vital to our future economic success. That is why I am proposing that we do not cut the cash going to the science budget.  It will be protected at £4.6 billion a year.”

George Osborne, Chancellor, 20th October, 2010[1] Read More »

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CaSE response to R&D Tax Credits Consultation

This is CaSE’s response to the HM Treasury consultation on R&D Tax Credits. We believe that the UK must become a knowledge-intensive economy if it is to be internationally competitive in the years to come, and it is therefore crucial that the tax system incentivises research and development activity in the private sector.

Government SET Statistics show that in 2008, 1.8% of UK GDP was spent on R&D. This compares to 3.4% in Japan, 2.8% in the USA, and 2.6% in Germany. Looking at R&D performed by business alone, the figures are 1.1% for the UK, 2.7% for Japan, 2% for the USA, and 1.3% for France. These figures underline the importance of incentivising R&D in the UK.

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CaSE response to teacher-training proposals

This is CaSE’s consultation response to the Department of Education’s report Training our next generation of outstanding teachers which can be found here. The report discussed the quality of teacher trainees, the effects of better investment and the reform of teacher training.

Answering the questions set out by the Department of Education, CaSE aimed to give its view of the report and make suggestions. Read More »

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