CaSE Blog

The CaSE blog compiles comment and opinion from across the science and engineering policy sector.

For a better navigation of the blog take a look at our tag cloud.

You can also register for up-to-the-minute email alerts for the CaSE blog.


Inspiring the next generation of female engineers

The QEPrize is a global £1 million pound prize that rewards and celebrates the engineers responsible for an innovation that has been of global impact on humanity.

The inaugural prize was awarded to the five engineers who made seminal contributions to the creation and proliferation of the Internet and World Wide Web: Louis Pouzin, Vint Cerf, Bob Kahn, Tim Berners-Lee and Marc Andreessen. As nominations have now closed, we are working on inspiring young people, especially girls, to become engineers. Read More »

Also posted in Highlights | Tagged , | Leave a comment

SET stats – a timely R&D health-check

In all of the excitement of a major reshuffle, it would have been easy to miss that the ONS published the Government Expenditure on Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) for 2012-13 this week. Read More »

Also posted in Highlights, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

What might the reshuffle mean for science and engineering?

In this Government’s most widespread reshuffle to date we’ve seen multiple changes to people and portfolios that will impact on science and engineering. Read More »

Also posted in Highlights | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Addressing the Gender Balance in Northern Ireland

The STEM Business group in Northern Ireland recently launched a report called ‘Addressing Gender Balance- Reaping the Gender Dividend in Science, Technology Engineering and Maths’. Read More »

Also posted in Highlights | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Changes to ‘Exceptional Talent’ visas

On Tuesday a new accelerated visa endorsement process for researchers who have been awarded senior and intermediate-level fellowships was announced. Read More »

Also posted in Highlights | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Medical Research Pledge

On Tuesday leading UK medical research charities and organisations launched a campaign to ask British MEP candidates to pledge their support for medical research ahead of the elections in May.

Read More »

Also posted in Highlights | Leave a comment

Beautiful science

Last month saw the opening of an interesting new exhibition at the British Library: “Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight”.

Read More »

Also posted in Highlights | Leave a comment

Running for Nick

Many of you in the science policy community will know that last year Nick Dusic, a former Director of CaSE, died of a rare cancer called Burkitt’s Lymphoma at just 34.

Read More »

Also posted in Highlights | Leave a comment

UK science and growth: doing more with the same

Sharing scientific kit is not primarily about cutting costs but is giving universities and their business partners access to state-of-the-art research equipment.

Read More »

Also posted in Highlights, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Putting learned societies at the centre of the ‘policy community’

2013 marked the 30th anniversaries of the first significant number of AIDS cases reported in Britain, and the UK’s first scientific meeting on what was then a terrifying new disease. Read More »

Also posted in Highlights | Tagged | Leave a comment

How to meet demand for engineering skills

Engineering drives UK economic growth and lies at the heart of our quality of life. From advances in prosthetics, to developing the next ‘big thing’ in electronics, engineers contribute £481 billion to the UK economy, working in every sector imaginable. Read More »

Also posted in Highlights | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Inspiring the next generation of engineers


Engineering cannot be taught successfully without an industrial and research context.

If UK higher education is to deliver the quality and quantity of engineering graduates the country needs (and the numbers were demonstrated again last week in Engineering UK’s 2014 report on the State of Engineering), the funding of science and engineering needs a long term cross-party commitment. Read More »

Also posted in Highlights | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Raising the profile of science in the Northern Ireland Assembly

All-Party Group on Science and Technology

The formation of the Northern Ireland Assembly All-Party Group on Science and Technology, in February 2012, heralded the start of a new and developing relationship between the science and engineering community in Northern Ireland, Members of the Assembly (MLAs), and the Executive.

The All-Party Group (APG) is chaired by Basil McCrea MLA and managed by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the world’s leading chemistry community. It meets three times a year with the principle objective of bringing together MLAs and others with an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in Northern Ireland. Read More »

Also posted in Highlights | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

CaSE cross-party debate summary

In October, CaSE brought together the science spokespeople from each of the main political parties to debate the future direction of science and engineering in the UK. The event, kindly hosted by the Royal Society and chaired by Pallab Ghosh, gave us the opportunity to hear from each party on issues ranging from the use of scientific advice in Government through to research funding and matters around diversity in science and engineering. Read More »

Also posted in Highlights, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

CaSE at the 2013 Party Conferences

Round-up by CaSE Director Dr Sarah Main

It’s time to draw breath after a busy conference season. The Campaign for Science and Engineering was represented at all three major party conferences in Glasgow, Brighton and Manchester this Autumn.

One long-time observer commented to me that there were more scientific fringe events at party conferences than ever before and that they were increasingly well attended. This must be good news for all of us and particularly for CaSE in its mission to raise the political profile of science and engineering. Read More »

Also posted in Highlights | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Credibility Across Cultures

At a time when scientific authority is both in high demand and hotly contested, the relationships between science advice, evidence, expertise and policy have been magnified by debates over what should succeed the Millennium Development Goals. Read More »

Also posted in Highlights | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Inspiring girls to take up STEM

Once again, this year’s A level and GCSE results show that girls are good at science. Of those that took STEM subjects, girls were more likely than boys to get a top grade. The challenge is to get more girls to choose science, maths and technology – especially when they make choices at 16, in order to increase the pipeline of female talent entering the STEM workforce. Read More »

Also posted in Highlights | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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 »

Also posted in Highlights, Press releases | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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.

Read More »

Also posted in Highlights, Press releases | Leave a comment

Vacancy: Assistant Director

Vacancy: Assistant Director

Central London. £30-36k p/a pro rata – 0.8 – 1.0 FTE

After almost two years, our current Assistant Director Beck Smith is leaving CaSE.  She said:

“I’m sorry to be leaving such a brilliant organisation, but I’m sure that CaSE is only going to go from strength to strength with Sarah as its new Director.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at CaSE and have learnt so much.

However, I am delighted to be joining the Shadow Universities and Science Minister Shabana Mahmood’s team as a Senior Policy Advisor focusing on science policy.   It’s going to be a hugely exciting time and I can’t wait to get started.”

CaSE Director, Dr Sarah Main said:

“We are very sorry to be losing our hugely talented and enthusiastic Assistant Director, Beck Smith.  Beck has led on CaSE policy for the last two years and has made substantial contributions to research funding and innovation policy. She ably steered the organisation as Acting Director between March and June this year.  Beck will be greatly missed at CaSE.  However, I am delighted for her that she is moving on to an exciting new era in her career as a senior policy advisor.”

Full details about the role of Assistant Director and how to apply are below.

Read More »

Also posted in Highlights | Leave a comment




  • Read our blog Read our blog   Read our blog

  • RSS Latest CaSE Tweets

  • Archives

  • Meta