It is great to see the Liberal Democrats recognising the integral role that a healthy science base plays in supporting and growing innovative businesses. Today’s announcement proposes continuing to ringfence the science budget throughout the next Parliament and is a welcome first step. Read More
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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
Rising popularity of science and maths
Today’s A-level results show the continued rise in popularity of science and maths subjects at A-level. Maths continues its extraordinary rise to overtake English as the highest entry subject with 10.7% of the total A-level entry. Biology retains its position in third place with 7.7% of total entry. Chemistry assumes its highest ranking over the period 2002-2014 to take fifth place. Physics regains a 2002 high of 4.4% after a dip in popularity in the mid-2000s. Read More
Today has seen change across ministerial responsibilities for universities, science, education and skills:
- Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities, The Rt Hon Dr Greg Clark (Formerly David Willetts – standing down at next election)
- Secretary of State for Education, The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan (Formerly Michael Gove – appointed Chief Whip and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury)
- Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, Nick Boles (Formerly Matthew Hancock – appointed Minister of State for Business, Enterprise and Energy) Read More
CaSE welcomes today’s launch of the ‘Medical Research: What’s it worth?’ study which shows that each pound invested in cancer-related research by the taxpayer and charities returns around 40 pence to the UK every year.
Along with previous What’s it worth studies and CaSE’s report on the Economic Significance of the UK Science Base, this builds on the evidence to support advice that government can drive economic growth by investing in science and engineering research. Read More
CaSE welcomes today’s launch of the Equality Challenge Unit’s race equality charter mark national trial. Indeed one of the key recommendations from our recent report, ‘Improving Diversity in STEM’ was that universities should proactively engage with the Equality Challenge Unit’s Race Equality Charter Mark, using it as a framework to uncover and address any barriers to access and progression for staff and students from an ethnic minority group. So we are pleased to see this recommendation so broadly adopted. Read More
One week ahead of the 2014 European Elections, CaSE and Euroscience have published the responses of the Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, UKIP, the Green Party, Plaid Cymru and the SNP, to our questions on their EU science and engineering policies covering research, skills, innovation and evidence-based policymaking. Read More
A new independent report for CaSE shows that investing public money in science and engineering is good for the economy. The Economic Significance of the UK Science Base examines the economic impact of public investment in the UK science base.
The report looks in detail at the relationship between public funding of science and engineering and three levels of economic activity: total factor productivity growth in industries; ability of universities to attract external income; and interaction between individual researchers and the wider economy. Read More
‘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
“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
“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.
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
CaSE responds to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Report on Women in Scientific Careers.
CaSE welcomes the Committee’s report and urges Government and universities to be ambitious in their response.
After decades of effort aimed at improving diversity in the scientific workforce, women still remain under-represented at professorial levels in academia across every scientific discipline. The Government, universities and the science sector need to act now to ensure a similar report in five years’ time can celebrate significant progress. Read More
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
“Science supported at the highest levels – will it be sustained across government?”
Contact Dr Sarah Main at the Campaign for Science and Engineering for further details; 020 7679 4995/ 07791800858
The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), the UK’s leading independent scientific advocacy group, welcomes Naomi Weir as the new Assistant Director.
Naomi will play a leading role in CaSE’s policy analysis and development, engaging with high-level decision makers and opinion-formers, commenting in the media, and supporting the work of the Director, Dr Sarah Main. Read More
Science GCSEs are changing
Today’s results reflect the complex set of options that students and schools face in science education at GCSE level. We are in a transitional stage which must be difficult to navigate.
Among the options for a science education are Science and Advanced Science (worth 2 GCSEs if both are taken or 1 for Science alone); single subject sciences of Biology, Physics and Chemistry; International GCSEs, which appear to be preferred by some independent schools and academies. To further complicate matters, this is the first year of examinations for the new Science and Advanced Science syllabus which is intended to be more demanding. Read More
The Campaign for Science and Engineering welcomes the continued rise in the number of students choosing to study science and maths subjects at A-level. This upward trend over the last five years has seen increases in both the absolute number of students taking sciences and maths as well as the ‘market share’ of the total. The sciences and maths stand out as the only subjects seeing significant growth against a background of decline in A-level student numbers.