British growth through science

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17 december 2014 | The British government is setting its agenda for science and innovation by choosing eight priority technologies that will receive an additional £600mln in funding. “The wealth and breadth of possibilities in science and innovation mean that we cannot hope to do everything equally well.”

“We are one of the most prolific nations on earth for scienctific discoveries, and we regularly attain a level of excellence, and therefore influence, beyond what others achieve,” the British ‘plan for growth’ proudly starts. Yet there is room for introspection as “we collectively invest less thans ome other in research and development.”

The best place in the world

To retain a strong economic position in the future, the British government asks itself what should be done with regard to research and development. “The answer must be to build on our strengths, where those strengths are likely to be sources of advantage in the future. That is why science and innovation are at the heart of our long-term economic plan. Our aim is to be the best place in the world for science and business.”

In achieving this, the UK Government is largely focusing on strenghtening its position in STEM and hightech. Therefore a major plan is launched to “increase the quantity and quality of STEM teachers through £67 million of new programmes. These will train up to 17,500 maths and physics teachers over the next Parliament, on top of existing plans: adding to the skills of up to 15,000 existing nonspecialist teachers and recruiting up to 2,500 additional specialist maths and physics teachers.”

With regard to excellent research the ‘plan for growth’ has identified ‘8 great technologies’ that will get an additional investment of £600mln in their infrastructures. These technologies are seen as disciplines in which  “the UK could lead the world in their development – drawing on advice from the Research Councils, Innovate UK and the foresight exercises of the Government Office for Science.”


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