September 2018 E-Bulletin
R&D Investment and the Spending Review
 
With preparations for a Spending Review underway in Government, CaSE has been focusing on a programme of work that will contribute to thinking on how the Government's recent uplift in R&D funding can be used to greatest effect for the UK and society, and to reach the target of R&D investment of 2.4% of GDP across the economy by 2027. 

As part of this, CaSE has been conducting a series of in-depth interviews with members and has held roundtables with HM Treasury and with BEIS to hear from business stakeholders, both large and small. The meetings brought together officials from BEIS, UKRI, DCMS and Treasury. You can read our summary of the HMT and BEIS events.  We will continue to engage with our members in the lead up to the Spending Review and will host a further event on Spending Review preparations in the Autumn.  

Meeting with the Universities and Science Minister
 
Last week CaSE Executive Director Dr Sarah Main met with the Universities and Science Minister, Sam Gyimah MP, to discuss how to secure a thriving UK environment for research and innovation. Sarah shared messages from our members and analysis on Government strategies for R&D investment and discussed the optimum migration environment to support research and innovation.
Brexit and Science
 
At the end of August CaSE responded to the publication of 'no-deal' Brexit scenario guidance papers by the UK Government.  That research and innovation feature in so many of the notices is a powerful demonstration of the need for a strong agreement on science in the negotiations.  Elsewhere on CaSE Comment, Policy Officer James Tooze has reflected on the UK's waning involvement in Horizon 2020.

To mark the anniversary of the triggering of article 50 back in March, CaSE published a Brexit report with policy asks from the science and engineering sector on people, funding and regulation.
GCSE and A-level results
 
Last month CaSE  responded to this year's A-level results , highlighting the importance of diversity in driving growth in the UK. James Tooze has also taken a closer look at the overall picture of A-levels from data published by JCQ.

The following week CaSE responded to the 2017/18 GCSE results, welcoming reforms made to science including the new double award science and providing further analysis of the data. Elsewhere  James Tooze also reflected on Scottish exam results and the  current state of affairs of STEM education in Scotland. 

Earlier this year CaSE published its diversity policy review, with recommendations for government to improve diversity and inclusion in STEM.
Highlights from the year
 
CaSE has published its Annual Review for 2017-18, giving a summary of its activities and campaign achievements over the last 12 months.
 
It has been a year of wonderful moments for CaSE, from a sell-out Annual Lecture on the role of science in the future of the UK by the Chair of the Exiting the EU Select Committee, Hilary Benn; to securing changes to visa policy announced by the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid.  We are indebted to CaSE's member organisations who have contributed their insights to our work so generously this year.
New organisational members

CaSE are delighted to welcome the University of South Wales University of York and Richmond Pharmacology as new organisational members. We look forward to working with all these new members to ensure that science and engineering contributes to every region and sector of the UK.

If you would like to find out more about joining CaSE and the benefits of organisational membership, please contact Anna Dil, CaSE's Membership & Business Development Manager. 
Diary
 
Over the last few months CaSE has met with Ministers, Parliamentarians and other government stakeholders, including the Universities and Science Minister, the Chief Executive of UKRI, the Chair of the Commons Science and Technology Committee,  Vicky Ford MP,  the heads of Innovate UK and the Medical Research Council, and  officials from HM Treasury, Home Office, BEIS, and Department for Exiting the European Union.

CaSE has engaged with a wide range of organisational members, including  the Airbus, Association of Medical Research Charities,  the  British Ecological Society, British Psychological Society, GSK,  Queen's University Belfast,   Roche,  Royal Society of Chemistry,  University of Westminster, University of Aberdeen, University of Bath, University College London, University of London, and the  Zoological Society of London.

CaSE has also engaged with the Academy of Medical Sciences, CBI, Elsevier, Engineering Professors' Council,  Institution of Civil Engineers,  Midven,   Med City,  National Measurement Laboratory, N8 Research Partnership,  The Russell Group, T he Royal Society,  Science Museum Group,  and US Embassy.
Guest Blog 

Kate Clayton-Hathway from Oxford Brookes University discusses the importance of increasing diversity in the creation of spin-out companies

Camilla Barnes, Campaign project manager at Innovate UK, writes about supporting female entrepreneurs and innovators.

Professor Peter Halligan, Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales, describes his recent attendance at the 4th European Science Advisers Forum in Estonia.

Our Guest Blog series brings together topical comment and views from members and collaborators across the science and engineering sector. If you would like to write an article for our blog, please get in touch
Open consultations

Commons Treasury Committee
Closing date: ongoing open consultation

Balance and effectiveness of research and innovation funding
Commons Science and Technology Committee
Closing date: 28 September 2018

HM Treasury
Closing date: 28 September 2018
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