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.

Celebrating National Women in Engineering Day

The British automotive industry is booming. Bouncing back from a low point in the early 2000s, Britain is now the base for more manufacturers than any other European country: mass-market manufacturers, premium car-makers, bus builders and dozens of smaller producers, as well as eight of the 11 Formula One teams.  The UK is one of the world centres of motoring research and development, and attracts billions of pounds in foreign investment every year.

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CaSE welcomes new member BHF

SimonGillespieThe British Heart Foundation (BHF) are the nation’s heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. Read More »

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From niche to norm

A new Parliament brings with it many new MPs. In considering the content of my few remarks for this Tuesday’s Parliamentary Links Day on Science and the new Parliament I took the opportunity to reflect on what it is that the new intake of MPs care about.

Why have they put themselves through the most public of job interviews?

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Addressing the challenges facing physics

I shall be taking up office as president of the Institute of Physics shortly after the organisation’s introduction of a new strategy – a realignment of our aims and our work to better reflect the modern world. So one of the main concerns during my time at the helm will be helping to drive that strategy through.

In particular, a personal priority will be to improve the take-up of physics among women, who historically are drastically under-represented in the UK – only a fifth of physics A-level students, for example, are girls. The IOP already does a lot of excellent work aimed at remedying this, and I’ll be looking at how we can boost those efforts further. Read More »

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CaSE welcomes Northumbria University

VC003AndrewWatheyNorthumbria University is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence. The University carries out ground-breaking research that is responsive to the science & technology, health & well being, economic and social and arts & cultural needs for the communities.

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CaSE welcomes the Babraham Institute as members

FOT_0003The Babraham Institute is a world-leading research centre performing fundamental cell and molecular biology research to underpin lifelong health and healthy ageing. Located at the heart of the Babraham Research Campus, the Institute plays a key role within the Cambridge bioscience cluster. The Institute also works closely with a range of industrial partners through research collaborations to explore commercial translation of its research.

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Recent Round-Up

latest-e-bulletinCaSE has published its June 2015 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:

  • With the new Government up and running, CaSE has published a briefing which highlights how championing science and engineering can help support a strong economy, create high-value jobs, and help us all live healthier and happier lives. Read More »
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New Lords S&T Committee and POST members announced

The new Members of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee have been announced, along with a new appointment to the Board of the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST).

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Election campaigns underway to choose the next Chair of the S&T Committee

If you thought election fever was over, think again. The halls of Westminter are abuzz as the race begins to choose who will lead this Parliament’s powerful Select Committees. But don’t worry, it’s just MPs that have to vote this time, although you can contact your MP and try to influence their vote if you wish.

The number of Select Committees each party will Chair is based on the total number of MPs they have. So Conservatives have been given 14 Chairs, Labour have 10, and the SNP get two. The parties themselves then wrangle over which of the 26 committees up for grabs their party will Chair. Of greatest interest to us, the Conservatives have got the Science and Technology Committee Read More »

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How Science and Engineering is Represented in the new Parliament

With the official opening of Parliament, the dust has settled after the general election and MPs must get back to business. We think it is time to take a look at the changes to the representation of science and engineering in the House of Commons, as it is imperative that there is still a body of support for this vital sector.

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Why champion science and engineering? asks Andrew Miller

If you are a new Member of Parliament you will already have discovered that life in the House is not quite what you imagined. You will be trying to cope with a mountain of casework whilst not having had the time to appoint staff, sorting out domestic and office accommodation on an inadequate budget, meeting all the commitments made during the election and not least, trying to find out how the arcane rules of the House actually work! These are just a few of the challenges you are facing so what am I doing trying to get you to do something else? Read More »

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A new briefing on why the new government should champion science and engineering

Why champion science and engineeringIf you are a regular reader of this website I expect you already know and appreciate the incredible contribution science and engineering makes to the UK’s economic prosperity and public wellbeing. But with a new government now up and running and a parliament full of new and returned MPs, there is a new audience to engage with.

So today we have launched a “micro-briefing” to highlight how championing science and engineering can help support a strong economy, create high-value jobs, and help us all live healthier and happier lives. Read More »

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The Northern Powerhouse now has a Minister, or two!

2015 General Election - CabinetJames Wharton has been appointed as the Minister responsible for the Northern Powerhouse, the Government’s initiative to strengthen the economy in the North of England. Read More »

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New stats reveal more needs to be done to encourage girls to study physics and maths

The schools regulator Ofsted has just published statistics on pupils progressing onto AS levels and then to A-levels, broken down by gender and subject. This is the first time this has been brought together for England as a whole and follows recommendations by the Institute of Physics (IoP) that schools should monitor their rates and compare them to national averages. Read More »

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Is science in good hands?

Many hours of coalition ‘what ifs’ lie redundant and, rather than drawing up a coalition agreement, the new Government are getting back to business. Ministers are this week getting to grips with new briefs or, for many, heading back to their departments to pick up where they left off. And of course this has all happened rather sooner than any of us, and they, expected.

BIS is still the department housing the Science Minister but departments from Education to Treasury impact on the health of science and engineering. So we’ve taken a look at some of the actions key returning and new Ministers could take to strengthen science and engineering across education, investment, and use of scientific expertise in policy making. Read the full briefing here. Read More »

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CaSE welcomes Jo Johnson as new Universities and Science Minister

28659_jo-johnson-mp-for-orpington-meets-with-friends-of-orpington-hospitalJo Johnson MP has been appointed Universities and Science Minister at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. He was previously a minister in the Cabinet Office.

Commenting on the appointment, CaSE Acting Director, Naomi Weir said:

“There is enormous opportunity for science and engineering to drive economic prosperity and public wellbeing. In his new role, Jo Johnson is in a strong position to ensure science and engineering is a central feature of the Government’s long-term economic plan. I look forward to working with him to ensure the UK has the people, the funding and the policies for science and engineering to thrive.” Read More »

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CaSE responds to the General Election 2015 result

Responding to the formation of a Conservative majority government, CaSE Acting Director, Naomi Weir, said:

“Science and engineering is a national success story to which every part of the UK contributes and benefits. As part of the Coalition, the Conservatives provided relative protection for science and engineering, recognising the benefits it brings to the economy and society. It’s vital for Britain’s future that they continue putting science and engineering at the core of their long-term economic plan.”

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Recent Round-Up

latest-e-bulletinCaSE has published its May 2015 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:

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CaSE welcomes Canterbury Christ Church University as members

Rama2Canterbury Christ Church is a modern university actively involved in public life, from its role in influencing national policy and practice – particularly in the areas of Education and Health – to addressing real-world complexities through its teaching and research. Its wealth of national and international partnerships highlight the University’s relevance to contemporary society and the critical role it plays in transforming the social, economic and cultural prosperity of communities and individual lives. Read More »

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CaSE welcomes University of Bath as members

Prof Dame Glynis BreakwellThe University of Bath is an international centre for research and teaching excellence, achieving global impact through their alumni, research and strategic partnerships. It offers students a vibrant community characterised by its culture of high achievement, enterprise and creativity. Read More »

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