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.

‘Best place in the world to do science’ – but not if you’re from abroad?

CaSE Director, Dr Sarah Main said:

“I am dismayed that the Government seems intent on thwarting its commitment to make ‘Britain the best place in the world to do science’ with immigration proposals that threaten to put off the exceptional scientists and engineers who wish to come here.” Read More »

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Recent Round-Up

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

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CaSE responds to Science and Innovation Strategy

CaSE finds much to welcome in the Government’s science and innovation strategy, but important questions remain unanswered. Read More »

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CaSE warns of unintended consequences of proposed reforms to GCSE practical science

CaSE is concerned with Ofqual’s move to examine science GCSEs solely by written exam. CaSE sees that there is a real danger of further erosion of practical science experience and skills for GCSE science students.  There seems to be no evidence that this form of assessment would lead to better outcomes for young people. Read More »

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How to make the UK the ‘best place to do science’


Election 2015 – Policy Briefings

Ahead of the 2015 Election, the Campaign for Science and Engineering has worked with its members and collaborators to develop a toolkit that government can use to realise its ambition to make the UK a leading scientific nation.

Every major political party has put science and engineering at the heart of their plans for a prosperous innovative Britain, driving high skills jobs and growth. Read More »

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CaSE responds to Autumn Statement 2014

Does government back the Chancellor’s ‘personal priority’ of science?

In this Autumn Statement, science was again singled out as the Chancellor’s ‘personal priority’. We saw indications of intent on how the government will spend the £1.1bn pa capital committed to science for the next five years in announcements of new facilities and research centres.

With many of these located in the north of England, we see how science is being used as a tool in the government’s drive to ‘rebalance the economy’. Announcements on skills and the fiscal landscape for research are welcome, but these need to be part of a coherent cross-government strategy to work. Read More »

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Investing in science across the UK

CaSE has welcomed today’s news in The Times (£) that the Chancellor George Osborne will be announcing a new £200 million science institute to be built in Manchester.

Update: For further details see CaSE’s response to the 2014 Autumn Statement.

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Science and Engineering Debate – Election 2015

CaSE Cross-Party Science and Engineering Debate 2015
Wednesday 14th January
The Royal Society

With only six months until the 2015 General Election, CaSE is bringing together the science spokespeople from the three main Westminster parties to debate the future direction of science and engineering in the UK. Read More »

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Recent Round-Up

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

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The looming skills deficit

Nearly 60 per cent of employers are concerned they will be unable to recruit the engineering skills and talent their business needs, according to our new skills survey. But, it is not only engineering employers who should be worried about the looming skills crisis. So serious is the scale of the problem that, if it continues, the UK’s future economic prosperity could be at risk. Read More »

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Concerning the Scottish curriculum

The Scottish Parliament’s Education Committee is reviewing progress on the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), the transformative programme for 3 to 18 education in Scotland. Because the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Education Committee works to identify and promote priorities for education in Scotland at all levels, it has been involved in monitoring and responding to CfE. Read More »

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CaSE 2014 Annual Lecture – A Journey to Mars

By Nancy Williams, CaSE Intern

On Friday night Dr Ellen Stofan, NASA’s Chief Scientist, gave the Campaign for Science and Engineering’s 24th Annual Distinguished Lecture.

In front of a packed IMAX theatre at the Science Museum, Ellen took us through some of the extraordinary advances in science, technology and engineering resulting from exploration of space, and the challenges even now being worked on by scientists across the world driven by NASA’s journey to Mars. Read More »

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Letter to the Political Leaders in the Times

Ahead of the 2015 General Election, CaSE has written to the leader of every political party with at least one MP, asking them to set out their manifesto commitments that are relevant to the science and engineering sector. Read More »

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CaSE announces new Chair and Board of Directors

(L-R) CaSE Chair, Professor Graeme Reid, CaSE Director, Dr Sarah Main, and the former CaSE Chair, Professor Hugh Griffiths

CaSE is pleased to announce the election of its new Chair of the Board of Directors, Professor Graeme Reid.

Professor Reid is Chair of Science and Research Policy at University College London and was previously Head of Research Funding at the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). Read More »

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European Scientific Adviser Role Abolished

CaSE is extremely disappointed to hear that the position of Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) to the European Commission President is being abolished.

The role of European CSA is an hugely important one, ensuring that independent scientific advice and evidence-based policy remains embedded in the highest levels of EU-decision making. Read More »

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Charities at the heart of UK medical research

Medical research charities exist to support research that will help us to understand the condition or develop treatments to help people affected.

This support is not insignificant. AMRC member charities fund over a third of publicly funded research in the UK, spending £1.3bn in 2013. This is in large part down to the generosity of the UK public who make medical research their most popular charitable cause.

 

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Vacancy: Policy Officer

Central London. £22-26k pa full-time

One year fixed-term contract (January 2015-December 2015), secondments welcome

Applications close Monday 17th November Read More »

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World-class skills for world-class engineering

They may have different views on how to achieve it, but all three main political parties agree that developing world-class infrastructure in the UK is vital in enabling both job creation and economic prosperity.

With that however, comes a challenge. If we want world class infrastructure, we need a world class workforce to deliver it. The numbers speak for themselves – the UK will need around 87,000 engineers, per year, over the next ten years to meet current demand.

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Recent Round-Up

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

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The Data Manifesto: Improving data for policy making, democracy and prosperity

CASE has recently launched important briefings in the run up to the next election including a call for a 10-year plan for government spending on research and development that exceeds growth and aims to reach current investment levels in Germany and the United States. The Financial Times in a recent editorial has also indicated that it would be preferable to invest in the UK’s science base than to have tax cuts, if there is any cash to spare in the next Parliament.

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