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CaSE Diary

The Case Diary includes the latest information on our activites. The Diary archive, available via the links on the left, includes diary entries as well as all the information from our What's New section.


November 2010


30/11/10 Imran Khan spoke at the Scientists for Labour AGM

29/11/10 CaSE attended a meeting with the UK Border Agency alongside representatives from the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering to discuss the proposed immigration cap

29/1/10 Hilary Leevers and Imran Khan met with officials from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills

25/11/10 Imran Khan and David Hawksett met with Imperial College London

25/11/10 Imran Khan spoke at the Royal Society of Chemistry's parliamentary affairs committee meeting

24/11/10 Imran Khan met with Simon Benn from the Times 100

23/11/2010 Disabled Scientists & Engineers
Hilary Leevers spoke at the conference on Barriers to disabled students in science and engineering, organised by the Institute of Physics, and sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering. She talked about CaSE’s work in this area, and attempts to get recommendations from the 2008 Delivering Diversity report implemented. The event was inspiring and successful and the organisers and attendees agreed to ensure that a website was developed to share resources for disabled scientists and engineers and investigate the best way to develop better networking.
Read the Delivering Diversity report

23/11/10 CaSE responds to the Immigration Cap
CaSE has responded to the measures announced by the Home Secretary aimed at limiting the number of non-EU migrants entering the UK. We welcome the efforts made by the Home Office to cater for the UK’s need to attract and accept talented scientists and engineers, however, we remain concerned that the changes to the systems may well decrease the number of such individuals who can enter the country.
Read CaSE's fuller analysis
Read the press release
Read CaSE's comments in the Guardian

22/11/10 Imran Khan attended a two day conference at Chatham House entitled 'Is investment in science the path to future economic prosperity?'

19/11/10 Secondary Science and Mathematics
A National Audit Office report published last week noted the many positive advances over recent years in science and maths secondary education. However, certain problems persist, like shortages of specialist mathematics and physics teachers. Furthermore, CaSE is seriously concerned that new government policies will start to undo the progress that has been made.

First, more and more maintained schools will no longer have to follow the national curriculum in science and mathematics. Second, the 1,300 schools specalised in science, technology, engineering, or maths will no longer be required to offer separate GCSEs in biology, chemistry and physics - and these schools have been responsible for most recent improvements in this area. CaSE's concerns were covered in the Financial Times article on the NAO report, discussed with the Department for Education yesterday, and highlighted in a letter in the Times Educational Supplement today.
Read CaSE's letter in today's TES
Read the FT article
Read the NAO report
Read Michael Gove's letter to specialist schools

19/11/10 Science stays at the top in BIS
CaSE has welcomed the appointment of Prof Adrian Smith as the new Director General for Knowledge and Innovation (DG-KI) at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – the department responsible for the Science Budget. The appointment comes after concern that, for the first time in decades, the position responsible for overseeing government activity on science was likely to go to a career civil servant with no direct experience of the science and engineering sector.
Read the full press release
Read an earlier blog post where CaSE raised its concerns

17/11/10 CaSE met with key collaborators to discuss their response to the Government's forthcoming immigration cap on non-EU migrants

17/11/10 CaSE met with the Labour Shadow Universities and Science Minister Gareth Thomas MP

15/11/10 CaSE met with staff from the House of Commons Science & Technology Select Committee

15/11/10 CaSE met with Alok Sharma MP

11/11/10 Imran Khan met with Edinburgh University

10/11/10 Defence R&D Budget Spared Cash Cuts
CaSE has welcomed confirmation that the Ministry of Defence science and technology budget will be receiving a cash increase over the next 4 years. Taken with the real terms increase given to the Department of Health R&D budget in the spending review, this now means the two largest Whitehall departments for R&D spending have both maintained their budgets and CaSE hopes that other departments will follow their lead.
Read more

10/11/10 Imran Khan attended the annual Science and the Parliament event in Scotland. Imran also met with the Leader of the Scottish Labour Party Iain Gray MSP.

09/11/10 Imran Khan and Hilary Leevers met with Fiona Martland and Piers Baker from the Engineering Professors' Council

04/11/10 CaSE met with the TUC

04/11/10 Hilary Leevers attended a Reform lunch on the future of qualifications

04/11/10 CaSE met with Prospect

03/11/10 Government higher education plans leave unanswered questions
CaSE has responded to today's statement on Higher Education reform by David Willetts MP. CaSE Director Imran Khan said “We welcome the Government’s efforts to tackle the funding challenges which face our universities...But it’s not clear that these proposals will solve the chronic funding problems that our university sector continues to face"
Read CaSE's full comments

03/11/10 CaSE News and E-Bulletin
The latest issue of CaSE News has been published. As well as a round-up of the recent spending settlement and Science is Vital campaign, it also includes articles on the Browne Review, the new Labour science policy team and pieces by the Science is Vital founder Dr Jenny Rohn and the General Secretary for Prospect, Paul Noon. CaSE has also published its latest-bulletin, giving a round-up of all CaSE's activities over the last month.
Read CaSE News
Read the E-Bulletin