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Party Conferences
Government R&D Cuts
Migration Inquiry
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25/10/12 Imran Khan met with the Director of the National Science Learning Centre


25/10/12 Imran Khan visited an LGC laboratory in Teddington


24/10/12 Beck Smith attended a Russell Group dinner at the Royal Automobile Club


23/10/12 Imran Khan attended a meeting of the STEM disability committee at the Institute of Physics


18/10/12 Imran Khan attended a meeting of the Parliamentary Affairs Committee


17/10/12 Imran Khan and Beck Smith met with the Universities and Science Minister David Willetts


15/10/12 Imran Khan attended an education policy lunchbox


12/10/12 Imran Khan attended the Institute of Physics' Board Meeting


11/10/12 Imran Khan met with Nesta


08/10/12 Imran Khan attended the Wellcome Trust screenwriting prize awards


05/10/12 CaSE met with Nesta


03/10/12 CaSE attended the Institute of Physics' Awards Dinner


03/10/12 Beck Smith gave a careers talk at the University of East Anglia


02/10/12 Imran Khan attended a Science Media Centre event at the Science Museum



Please forward this on to any colleagues or friends you think would be interested in supporting science and engineering.

Reinvest the 4G windfall in science and technology
CaSE and Nesta have launched our new campaign this week, 4Growth, which calls on the Government to reinvest the proceeds from the forthcoming 4G spectrum auction.


Please sign our petition, joining leading figures such as Prof Brian Cox, Lord Martin Rees, Lord William Waldegrave, Andre Geim, and Ben Goldacre - and do circulate the details to your colleagues and friends, so that MPs are forced to debate our calls.


You can find out more about the campaign and our calls at We've received coverage in the Financial Times, the Times, and the Guardian.

CaSE Annual Lecture - Lord Heseltine, 27th November 
Lord Heseltine will be speaking on Industrial Strategy
Tuesday 27th November, the Science Museum, 7pm

This year's Annual Lecture is kindly hosted by the Science Museum and sponsored by EADS and Airbus, with the former Deputy Prime Minister discussing the implications his recent Growth Review for science and engineering.

CaSE Annual General Meeting
The CaSE AGM will be held immediately before the lecture at 6pm and will discuss CaSE's activities, finances, and Board nominations.

The AGM is open to all individual and organisational members. If you are unable to attend the AGM but wish to send a proxy please send us their contact details.

You can register for the lecture or AGM  here. Alternatively contact the CaSE office for further details.
Protecting EU research funding - sign the petition

An open letter, signed by over 40 European Nobel laureates, was published last week, warning against proposed cuts to the future EU research budget. The letter has been joined by the launch of an online petition.

The UK is one of eight member nations calling for budget cuts, which includes funding for 'Horizon 2020' the EU's research programme. Such efforts threaten to cut €80 billion (63 billion) in research funding an area in which the UK receives a disproportionately large amount of the overall budget.


CaSE has called on the Government to protect the EU's research budget from this UK-led campaign for overall cuts. Our stance has also received support from Baroness Sharp, during a debate in the House of Lords last month. 

Government R&D hit by disproportionate cuts

A new investigation by CaSE has found that Whitehall departments have cut their research and development (R&D) budgets disproportionately - despite suggestions that such spending would be protected.  

CaSE Response to Migration Inquiry - Call for Evidence 

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has launched a new consultation on the Shortage Occupations List, which closes on 30th November 2012.

CaSE will be responding to the consultation, arguing that although we need to improve the UK's science and engineering education system in the long-run, in the short-term we can't close our doors to talented people from overseas.


Can you help us with specific examples of the effect that the new 'two year rule' might have on your particular institution or sector? Do let us know if so - especially if you're not planning on submitting a full response yourself.  

Party Conferences 

With the main party conferences coming to a close last month CaSE has put together a summary of the big news for science and engineering. Ahead of the conference, our Director Imran Khan wrote an article comparing the science policies of the three main parties. CaSE also analysed the speeches of the main figures at each conference, to see if our political elite are at least talking science - there were mixed results. 



Chancellor George Osborne used his conference speech to announce an additional 200m for the Research Partnership Investment Fund.     


Liberal Democrats
At their party conference, the Liberal Democrats passed a policy motion urging the Government to increase investment in science and research across the UK.  



In his conference speech, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls called for the 4G auction windfall to fund housing and stamp duty breaks. As set out above, CaSE has argued that the money should be re-invested in science and engineering. 

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