CaSE has published its February e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities over the last month. These include:
- In a recent speech, Universities and Science Minister David Willetts has confirmed that the Treasury will exempt university collaboration from VAT – a long-standing aim of CaSE’s campaigning.
- In an article in today’s Times Higher Education (THE), CaSE Director Imran Khan has called on the science and engineering community to set out a renewed argument for investment. In his piece, Imran highlights the new economic reality of 2012, in which both Labour and the Conservatives admit that financial austerity will continue beyond the next General Election. Thanks to our world-beating research base, the UK would be well-placed to benefit from an industrial agenda for science – if the political will and investment is there.
- The Scottish National Party has responded to calls from CaSE and others and increased the profile of science in the Scottish Government. Dr Alasdair Allan MSP has been named as Scotland’s first ever Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages.
- CaSE has welcomed the Government’s plans to reform computing education in schools. From September the current programme will be replaced by a flexible curriculum in computer science. CaSE has raised the issue of computing in schools separately with Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, and Nick Gibb, the Schools Minister
- The Government has revised the model funding agreement for Free Schools, banning creationism from being taught. CaSE had previously added its name to a statement on teaching evolution in school science, alongside the British Humanist Association, the Association for Science Education and the British Science Association, and we are delighted that the Government has listened to our concerns.
- In light of the demise of specialist science schools, CaSE is calling for a new sector-led initiative on the Secondary Science Quality Mark; an award scheme to develop and celebrate the quality of science teaching and learning in secondary schools.
- CaSE is pleased to announce the election of its new Board of Directors. Headed by the Chairman, Prof Hugh Griffiths, the Board will meet several times a year to discuss CaSE’s work in campaigning for the interests of UK science and engineering.