Recent highlights

These posts are some of the recent highlights from the CaSE blog. To see all of our recent news and commentary, please see our full blog.

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CaSE has published its April 2014 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:

  • CaSE will be holding a panel discussion on the economic significance of the UK science base in May. The panel and audience will discuss findings from Jonathan Haskel and Alan Hughes’ new report, ‘The Economic Significance of the UK Science Base’. This report, commissioned by CaSE and funded by a consortium of CaSE members, provides crucial economic evidence to support claims that Government can boost growth by investing in science and engineering research. The event is kindly hosted by The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on 7th May, 2pm-3.30pm. The event is open to CaSE’s organisational members and collaborators. Please RSVP to nickh@sciencecampaign.org.uk. Read More »
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Vacancy: Membership Engagement and Development Manager

Central London. £24-34k pa, full time. Read More »

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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 »

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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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Recent Round-Up

CaSE has published its March 2014 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:

  • CaSE has responded to the 2014 Budget, welcoming new science and engineering investment by the Chancellor, but warning that the UK needs to shift gears in order to win the ‘global race’. Read More »
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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.

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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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Beautiful science

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

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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.

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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.

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Recent round-up

CaSE has published its January 2014 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:

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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 »

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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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Government R&D hit by disproportionate cuts, again

The Prime Minister and the Chancellor have clearly indicated their commitment to the UK’s world-leading science sector and its ability to drive economic recovery, so we are dismayed to uncover evidence of widespread disinvestment in science across government.

The Government’s expenditure on research and development (R&D) across all government departments is an important element of public funding of science.  It is used to commission the UK science and engineering sector to provide a range of information, including scientific monitoring, surveillance, policy evaluation and new research.

In 2012, CaSE analysis of budget changes between 2009/10 and 2010/11 found evidence that many departments under financial pressure reduced R&D more than other spending. This year, analysis by CaSE of figures for 2010/11 and 2011/12, reported in the Financial Times, shows that Whitehall’s R&D expenditure has been slashed by £856 million since 2009-10, with many departments seeing year on year cuts to R&D.

You can read a full PDF of the analysis here.

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New Year round-up

CaSE has published its January 2014 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:

  • CaSE is holding a roundtable discussion on the impact of immigration policy on the science and engineering community for our members and collaborators, with the Head of Migration Policy from the Home Office on 24th January, 11am-1pm Read More »
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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 »

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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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December round-up

CaSE has published its December2013 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:

  • Last week’s Autumn Statement by the Chancellor saw a number of announcements for science and engineering. See here for CaSE’s briefing on how science and engineering fared in the Autumn Statement. Read More »
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