Action on the Higher Education and Research Bill
The UK government is currently considering a new piece of legislation called the Higher Education & Research Bill. In its current form, it threatens the long-standing autonomy of UK universities and gives the Secretary of State unprecedented influence over Research Councils. Science is Vital believes that crucial amendments are needed to ensure the independence and vitality of our universities and our research base. Find out what needs to change, and what you can do, in our blog post.
Update (14th Nov 2016): As the bill is due shortly to arrive in the House of Lords, we have opened a new front on the campaign, asking supporters to target present and former university Vice-Chancellors who are members of the upper house. Full details on how to go find if your present or former VC is a member and how to contact them are given here.
Investing in research enriches society and helps drive the economy. It led to our preeminent position in the 20th century, and will be vital in meeting the challenges of the 21st – whether they be in energy, medicine, infrastructure, computing, or simply humanity's primal desire for discovery.
The UK has a proud history of excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We are world leaders in many fields of research, producing over 10% of global scientific output with only 1% of the global population, and despite spending less on science per capita than most of our competitors.
Our world-class research universities and institutes which attract excellence and investment from around the world have made us a global hub for science. Nations such as the United States, China, Germany, and France have all recognized the importance of investing in science especially in austere times – it could be catastrophic for the UK to do the exact opposite.