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Response to Leaving the EU inquiry

07 Sep 2016

The Society responded to the Leaving the EU: implications and opportunities for science and research  inquiry of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. The Committee sought contributions on the risks and opportunities of leaving the EU, to allow the Committee to draw together a ‘Risk Assessment’ and a list of risks/opportunities which should feature in the Government’s work to set a new EU/UK negotiating strategy. Read the Society's response here Access the response on the Parliament's website

Response to Teaching Excellence Framework technical consultation for year 2

29 Jul 2016

The Society had conributed to the Royal Society of Biology's response to the Teaching Excellence Framework technical consultation for year 2. This consultation, which was published and read with the white paper Higher education: success as a knowledge economy, was seeking views on the detailed proposals for the operation of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in year 2. Read the Royal Society of Biology's response here

Response to the Stern Review

28 Jul 2016

In March 2016, the Society had responded to the call for evidence for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) review by Lord Nicholas Stern to highlight particular areas of concern for pharmacology, and supported the Royal Society of Biology's response to the review. The review examined how university research funding can be allocated more efficiently so that universities can focus on carrying out world-leading research, and made recommendations on the future operation of REF. The REF review report entitled Building on Success and  Learning from Experience was published on 28 July 2016.

Response to the Wakeham Review

27 May 2016

In January 2016, the Society was approached to contribute to Sir William Wakeham's review of STEM degree provision and graduate employability. The review looked at the provision of STEM degree courses and how their associated accreditation arrangements support graduate employability. After consulting members to seek their views on challenges faced by pharmacology graduates, the Society submitted a response that can be found via the link below. The report of the review which was published...

Response to Science communication inquiry

03 May 2016

The Society responded to the Science communication inquiry of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. The inquiry looked into how the Government, scientists, the media and others encourage and facilitate public awareness of – and engagement in – science. Read the Society's response here

Response to Apprenticeships inquiry

23 Mar 2016

The Society responded to the Apprenticeships inquiry of House of Commons Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy. The inquiry was looking at issues such as the Government’s target of three million apprentices by 2020, how the Government proposes to achieve this, and how this may affect the 'skills gap' in the UK. Read the Society's response here

Response to Gender Pay Gap inquiry

22 Mar 2016

The Women and Equalities Committee of the House of Commons conducted an inquiry to inform Government strategy on reducing the gender pay gap, focusing on women aged over 40. The inquiry was launched in November 2015. The Society had responded to the inquiry. The Committee has published a report today highlighting the lack of effective policy in many of the areas that contribute to the gender pay gap. It found that the key causes of pay differentials are: the part-time pay penalty; women’s disproportionate responsibility for childcare and other forms of unpaid caring; and the concentration of women in highly feminised, low paid sectors like care, retail and cleaning. Read the Society's response to the inquiry here

Response to United Nations Secretary-General's high-level panel on access to medicines

11 Mar 2016

The United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines consulted on promoting innovation and increasing access to medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and related health technologies in low-, middle-, and high-income countries. The Society responded to the consultation in February 2016.

Response to EC consultation on Orphan Medicinal Products

15 Feb 2016

The Society had contributed to the Royal College of Physicians' response to the European Commission consultation on orphan medicinal products via the Joint Speciality Committee for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (a partnership between the British Pharmacological Society and the Royal College of Physicians). Read the response here 

Response to the Big Data Dilemma inquiry

12 Feb 2016

The Science and Technology Committee examined the opportunities and risks of ‘big data’ in 2015. The Society responded to the inquiry in September 2015. The Committee recently published its Fourth Report of Session 2015–16, The big data dilemma, including all the written evidence. Read the Society's response here 

Response to the TEF Green Paper

16 Jan 2016

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have consulted on Higher education: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice green paper. The Society sought views of its membership on the green paper and contributed to the Royal Society of Biology's submission. Read the full response here