CSR and science funding: that morning after feeling

So understandably the debate goes on whether we should be drinking champagne or lucozade this morning after yesterday's announcement.  But I rather liked this sobre assessment by Jenny Rohn, originator of the Science is Vital campaign which has appeared in The Guardian. The New Scientist has also published a detailed analysis penned by Imran Khan … Continue reading CSR and science funding: that morning after feeling

Cap on Non-EU Economic Migrants: implications for science

You may have heard about the Home Secretary, Teresa May's, announcement of a cap on non-EU economic migrant workers on the news and in the newspapers.  Many of the reports I have seen have made reference to the concerns expressed by the science community about the impact of such a cap on attracting international researchers.  The … Continue reading Cap on Non-EU Economic Migrants: implications for science

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 Putting the 'public' in UK plc

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 An Open Letter to Lord Mandelson