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
In all of the excitement of a major reshuffle, it would have been easy to miss that the ONS published the Government Expenditure on Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) for 2012-13 this week. Read More
A new independent report for CaSE shows that investing public money in science and engineering is good for the economy. The Economic Significance of the UK Science Base examines the economic impact of public investment in the UK science base.
The report looks in detail at the relationship between public funding of science and engineering and three levels of economic activity: total factor productivity growth in industries; ability of universities to attract external income; and interaction between individual researchers and the wider economy. Read More
“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.
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
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.
“Science supported at the highest levels – will it be sustained across government?”
Contact Dr Sarah Main at the Campaign for Science and Engineering for further details; 020 7679 4995/ 07791800858
You can also read CaSE’s full briefing on how science and engineering fared in the Autumn Statement here. Read More
This document sets out CaSE’s summary of announcements made today in the Autumn Statement that are relevant to science and engineering. They cover
- Science and innovation
- Education and skills
- Infrastructure and capital
- Departmental resource reduction
You can also read CaSE’s response to the Autumn Statement here.
The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has today published its report on scientific infrastructure, warning that the UK’s large scale scientific resources are being compromised by a lack of long term strategic investment.
CaSE welcomes this timely and comprehensive review by the Committee. Scientific infrastructure, including large pieces of equipment such as the synchrotron, aeroplanes for environmental monitoring, and high performance computing for large data sets, are essential to keep the UK at the forefront of discovery. Read More
The following is CaSE’s full response to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee report on scientific infrastructure – submitted June 2013. You can read CaSE’s response to the Committee’s final response here.
What role should the Government play in ensuring that there is an effective long-term strategy for meeting future scientific infrastructure needs?
A long-term strategy for meeting future infrastructure needs must be underpinned by a scientific infrastructure roadmap and accompanied by a long-term funding commitment. Such a roadmap will include the case for well-argued large facilities, in addition to the maintenance and upgrade of existing facilities and provision for international collaborations. Read More
In October, CaSE brought together the science spokespeople from each of the main political parties to debate the future direction of science and engineering in the UK. The event, kindly hosted by the Royal Society and chaired by Pallab Ghosh, gave us the opportunity to hear from each party on issues ranging from the use of scientific advice in Government through to research funding and matters around diversity in science and engineering. Read More
Last Wednesday saw CaSE bring together the science spokespeople from the three main Westminster parties to debate the future direction of science and engineering in the UK. Read More
(L-R) CaSE Director Dr Sarah Main, CaSE Chair Prof. Hugh Griffiths, EU Chief Scientific Advisor Prof. Anne Glover
Last Tuesday saw the CaSE 2013 Annual Lecture, given by the Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission, Professor Anne Glover CBE.
The event was kindly hosted by the Zoological Society of London, with over 200 delegates in attendance from across industry, academia, learned societies and the general public. Read More
‘UK scientific competitiveness at risk’
In response to today’s announcement, which sees maintenance of the science budget at £4.6bn, CaSE has produced a briefing paper on the 2013 Spending Review.
Commenting on the announcement, CaSE Director Dr Sarah Main said:
“The signs had been good – the Chancellor had said that science was a ‘personal priority’ and that he was ‘up for the challenge of making the UK the best place in the world to do science’. But instead the research community is left exposed to competition from the global scientific premier league of nations.” Read More
“The spending review is about making choices, and for me science is a personal priority.”
Chancellor George Osborne at last week’s ‘topping out’ ceremony at the Francis Crick Institute
“I am up for the challenge… of making Britain the best place in the world to do science.”
Chancellor George Osborne in speech to the Royal Society 9 November 2012
CaSE welcomes the positive signals from the Chancellor of the Exchequer about his personal commitment to science in advance of the spending review. Read More
Yesterday was a day of positive signals from the Chancellor, George Osborne, about his intentions to make investment in science a priority in the forthcoming spending review.
After holding a breakfast meeting with Science Minister David Willetts, the Presidents of the Royal Academies, and representatives from leading academic and business institutions, Osborne tweeted,
“Breakfast with scientists in No11. Talked breakthroughs, opportunities for British industry and spending – where science is a priority” Read More
The Presidents of the four UK National Academies – the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Society, the British Academy and the Royal Academy of Engineering – have called on the Government to guarantee a stable investment framework for research and innovation over the next ten years. Read More
In a newly published letter, the Director General for Knowledge and Innovation at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), has requested feedback on government priorities towards science and research funding. Read More
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Yesterday CaSE attended a Parliamentary debate at Portcullis House, looking at the “key drivers of the UK’s innovation system”. While the question framed at the outset was “Which contributes more to British innovation, research tax credits or universities?”, the discussion rapidly took a different angle, focusing instead on how best to incentivise innovation across all research environments – from large companies to research laboratories, recognising that each plays a different role in driving innovation.
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“Additional commitments reduce shortfall in research capital, but we need to aim higher”
New analysis by CaSE shows that the £1.7bn shortfall in research capital the Research Base Budget faced following the 2010 Spending Review (SR10) has been reduced to just over £330m following a string of additional commitments.
CaSE’s paper (Public Funding of UK Science and Engineering – March 2013 update) shows that additional commitments to research capital now total over £1350m.