[The definite article] and why it stands in the way of a definitive plan for UK science

****you might also like to read William Cullerne Bown's analysis of the Science Minister's speech referred to in this blog and which appeared on the same day as that below*** Yesterday the Royal Society posted on its website the full text of Lord Rees' Christmas Lecture to the Science and Policy Research Centre. Its worth a... Continue Reading →

Putting the 'public' in UK plc

Science politics could get mighty difficult for those of us prone to mixing up names.  What with Lord Drayson as Science Minister. And Sir James Dyson advising the Conservative Party.  We might need to look twice when next going to our understairs cupboard.  Two of Drayson's predecessors as Science Minister - Lord Sainsbury and Lord Waldegrave - were... Continue Reading →

An Open Letter to Lord Mandelson

This week 'The Guardian' published an extract online of my response to Lord Mandelson's article in its pages about higher education funding.  But I thought I would provide the full text here for interest.  Dear Editor, The Business Secretary, Lord Mandelson, presents a stout case for why universities should see tighter budgets as an opportunity for diversifying their... Continue Reading →

Science Debate

The defining difference between national preparedness for snow in a country such as the US and one that is less so, like the UK, is this:  in the States they carry snow chains in their car; in the UK we carry cat litter if we are lucky. Preparedness - and more specifically preparedness for Government - is... Continue Reading →

Science in Europe

Hats off to the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) who were the only science organisation as far as I know to approach the political parties about their policies on science ahead of this week's European elections. And no, I am not just saying that because I happen to sit on CaSE's Executive Committee.  There... Continue Reading →

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