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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 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 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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Overcoming obstacles for women in science

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 »

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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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CaSE responds to the 2013 Autumn Statement

“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

You can also read CaSE’s full briefing on how science and engineering fared in the Autumn Statement here. Read More »

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CaSE welcomes new Assistant Director

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 »

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CaSE reaction to 2013 GCSE results

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 »

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Students choose science – CaSE reacts to 2013 A-level results

 

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.

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CaSE responds to the 2013 Spending Review

UK scientific competitiveness at risk’

In response to today’s announcement, which sees maintenance of the science budget at £4.6bn, CaSE has produced a briefing paper on the 2013 Spending Review.

Commenting on the announcement, CaSE Director Dr Sarah Main said:

“The signs had been good – the Chancellor had said that science was a ‘personal priority’  and that he was ‘up for the challenge of making the UK the best place in the world to do science’.  But instead the research community is left exposed to competition from the global scientific premier league of nations.” Read More »

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CaSE Appoints New Director

The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), the UK’s leading independent scientific advocacy group, welcomes Dr Sarah Main as its new Director. Read More »

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CaSE responds to the 2013 Budget

“Campaigners welcome government support for research, but insist more must be done”

The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) welcomes the announcement in today’s Budget of the expansion of the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) – something we called for in our 4Growth campaign – and an expansion of the R&D tax credit scheme.

However, a new analysis published yesterday by CaSE shows that the shortfall in research capital, which stood at nearly £1.7bn following the 2010 Spending Review had now been reduced to just over £300m.  Today’s Budget leaves this shortfall unchanged.

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Research investment welcome, but we need to aim higher

“Additional commitments reduce shortfall in research capital, but we need to aim higher”

New analysis by CaSE shows that the £1.7bn shortfall in research capital the Research Base Budget faced following the 2010 Spending Review (SR10) has been reduced to just over £330m following a string of additional commitments.

CaSE’s paper (Public Funding of UK Science and Engineering – March 2013 update) shows that additional commitments to research capital now total over £1350m.

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New trustees, departing director

Imran Khan

Imran Khan has led CaSE since 2010 and will be departing in March

As 2013 gets underway and we wish all of our readers, members, and colleagues a happy New Year, we’re also announcing some major personnel changes here at CaSE – the departure of our director, and the appointment of six new trustees.

Departing director

The first is that Imran Khan, our director since 2010, will be leaving the organisation in March. He is set to take over as Chief Executive of the British Science Association in April, succeeding Sir Roland Jackson who is stepping down after ten years in charge.

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CaSE welcomes Osborne science commitment

CaSE has today welcomed the Chancellor George Osborne’s speech at the Royal Society, in which he highlighted the critical role of science in ensuring economic growth and social wellbeing.

In particular, the announcement of an additional £60 million over five years  for the UK’s commitment through the European Space Agency will ensure the UK remains a leader in space science. Read More »

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Party Conferences: New investment welcomed

George OsborneCaSE welcomes today’s announcement from George Osborne of an additional £200m for the Research Partnership Investment Fund – bringing the fund’s total to £300m. Read More »

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GCSE Science: slower gains, but still great news

The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) welcomed another good year for science GCSEs, with physics, chemistry, and biology each enjoying a 12.3% rise in entries compared to last year. Although less emphatic than last year’s rises of nearly 16%, the trend is vitally important. There’s also good news for gender balance, with more of the increase coming from girls taking science than boys. Both of these changes now need to continue to filter through to pupils taking A-levels. Read More »

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CaSE responds to A-level results

The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) welcomes another year of good news for science and maths A-levels.  All of the main science and maths subjects are now in the top 10, with increases in both actual student numbers and in the ‘market share’ of overall A-level entries held by these subjects.

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Science lesson reforms leave campaigners bemused

“Teaching pupils to think and work scientifically should be at the heart of science education”

The Campaign for Science and Engineering has reacted with bemusement at new Government plans to shift focus away from the scientific method in science lessons.

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