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.
At the end of August CaSE
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
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.
Earlier this year CaSE published its diversity policy review, with recommendations for government to improve diversity and inclusion in STEM.
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
, CaSE's Membership & Business Development Manager.
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,
British Ecological Society, British Psychological Society, GSK,
Queen's University Belfast,
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,
National Measurement Laboratory, N8 Research Partnership,
The Russell Group, T
he Royal Society,
Science Museum Group,
and US Embassy.