10 Days That Changed Britain: "Heated" Debate Between Scientists Forced Boris Johnson To Act On Coronavirus
It was on Wednesday, March 11 that some of the experts on the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies began to realise that the coronavirus was spreading through the UK too fast for the NHS to cope.
Academic systems rely on the existence of a supply of "outsiders" ready to forgo wages and employment security in exchange for the prospect of uncertain security, prestige, freedom and reasonably high salaries that tenured positions entail.
Could the Apprenticeship Levy Be the Answer to the UK's Diversity Crisis and £63bn Skills Shortage?
The current skills gap costs the UK £63 billion a year, with an estimated 600,000 job vacancies in digital technology alone. There are currently more FTSE100 companies being led by men called David and Steve, than companies led by women and ethnic minorities. Meanwhile, we know that companies that achieve...
UK Parliament Rejects Proposal to Keep Country in EU's Erasmus+ Scheme
Conservative MPs have voted against an amendment that would have required the government to negotiate continuing full membership of the EU's Erasmus+ programme, which helps students study in other countries.
I'm Striking Because Insecure Academic Contracts Are Ruining My Mental Health
A recent University and College Union (UCU) survey reported that 70% of the 49,000 researchers in higher education in the UK are currently employed on fixed-term contracts, as are 37,000 teaching staff (the majority of whom are paid hourly). The authors argues that the yearly search for new work is harming their health and is forcing them to put their life on hold.
International Partnership Opportunities for UK Research and Innovation
Independent report sets out new opportunities to boost international partnerships on research and innovation. The government will seek to maintain a close relationship with Europe on research and innovation. Continued international collaboration is vital to the UK remaining a global science superpower, tackling the world’s Grand Challenges and attracting and retaining the talent we need
New Report Scopes the Landscape of Future Research Assessment
A new report draws on contributions from more than 3,700 researchers to look at the current research landscape in the UK, including systems of research assessment, and to look ahead at how it may change over the next five to ten years.
Marking the launch of a new research on research institute, James Wilsdon reflects on the challenges of making good research and development policy. One surprising thread of continuity between Boris Johnson’s government and that of Theresa May, is its enthusiasm for research and innovation.
The UK government’s announcement of its plans to offer extended post-study work visas for international graduates of UK universities has received an unusual response - unalloyed praise from the higher education sector.