Key Government Appointments affecting Science & Engineering;
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
- Vince Cable as Secretary of State
- David Willetts as Minister of State for Universities and Science
- Mark Prisk & John Hayes also Ministers of State
Cable studied natural sciences with economics at Cambridge. While his background is not in the sciences, Willetts has often engaged with science issues in his former roles as Shadow
Secretary for Education and then Innovation, Universities and Skills. In his 2007 CaSE Annual Distinguished Lecture, Willetts spoke of the relevance of science to all areas of society, as a basis for rational thought, and of how fundamental it is to our well-being. He also gave the keynote speech at CasE’s 25th Anniversary event in January 2011. Willetts attends Cabinet and sits on the the new Committee on Economic Affairs.
Department for Education
- Michael Gove as Secretary of State
- Nick Gibb & Sarah Teather as Ministers of State
Gove has often emphasised the importance of improving STEM skills; he has spoken with CaSE and we have met his advisers. Sarah Teather has a natural science degree from Cambridge and worked at the Royal Society and for a research charity. CaSE had a productive meeting with Nick Gibb at the start of the year.
- George Osborne as Chancellor
- Danny Alexander as Chief Secretary
CaSE has met with Osborne’s advisers.