Research and Education
12 August 2016
This year's four-day-long design sprint from the Summer of Student Innovation was a huge success. We hear from winners past and present at the design sprint, and Justin Haylock tells us about this year's winning ideas, and what the teams have been up to at the event (including playing with Lego).
A report carried out by a campaign group reveals that some parents are struggling to access the childcare they are entitled to.
With girls' dominance on the university campus set to continue, we ask why more women than men go to university.
A major exam board is to ask teachers to submit potential questions for GCSE and A-level exams.
As thousands of students prepare to head off to university for the first time, here are 10 alternative ways they can help fund their education.
A drive is launched to sign up 500 volunteers as members of Scotland's Children's Panels.
Sex and relationship education (SRE) in schools is often criticised - so we've asked a teacher to watch old videos and explain how it's changed over the last 50 years.
Employers are offered an extra £2,000 to take on teenagers, care leavers and those with special education needs as apprentices in England.
Students in university are more likely to start their own business while still in school - but what happens when these dorm-room firms have to grow up?
A study revealing hundreds of youth centres have closed and youth worker jobs axed says services in the UK are heading towards collapse.
Funding and Consultations
We want views on whether further protections are needed for small and micro businesses (a business employing 9 people or less), including sole traders, in the non-regulated sector.
We are interested in hearing from:
- individual firms
- trade bodies
- research and academic organisations
- others with experience of analysis in this area
You should back up your submission with strong and clear evidence to support any views offered.
The government made a commitment to consult on protections for small businesses in the competition plan, published in November 2015.
This consultation builds on last year’s call for evidence, which looked at current protections around the sale and supply of goods and services to small businesses.
Updated: Added impact assessment and Regulatory Policy Committee assessment.
We want industry views on how we should implement the requirements in the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive (2014/95/EU) into UK law. This amends Directive 2013/34/EU and requires certain companies, with more than 500 employees, to disclose information in their management reports about their:
- environmental risks
- social and employee situation
- respect for human rights
- anti-corruption and bribery issues
- diversity in their board of directors
This will provide investors and other stakeholders with a more comprehensive view of a company’s performance.
Updated: Added link to categories of regulatory provisions to be excluded from the BIT.
We’re seeking your views on which regulators to bring within scope of the business impact target (BIT), growth duty and Small Business Appeals Champion. We’re also asking for feedback on draft statutory guidance to support the implementation of the growth duty and the Small Business Appeals Champion.
This consultation is relevant to regulators and businesses and members of civil society subject to regulation.
On 3 March 2016 the Secretary of State published his list of categories of regulatory provisions which will be excluded from the BIT. All other regulatory provisions coming into force or ending during this Parliament will be treated as qualifying regulatory provisions and will count against the target.
In this call for evidence we are seeking a better understanding of how T&Cs can be made more accessible for consumers. It includes a number of proposals along with more general questions on how respondents approach T&Cs and what might work better for them.
We are also proposing additional enforcement tools, including civil fining powers for breaches of the consumer protection legislation.
Views are sought from the public, consumer representatives, businesses, trade bodies and regulators.
The Damages Directive is designed to make it easier for businesses and individuals to claim for compensation when they have been victims of a breach of European competition law.
This document sets out the changes we believe we need to make to UK law in order to implement the directive.
Government has asked Lord Nicholas Stern to lead an independent review of the Research Excellence Framework (REF). The review is examining how university research funding can be allocated more efficiently so that universities can focus on carrying out world-leading research.
The review has already received many helpful inputs through the community’s response to the Higher Education green paper consultation questions on the REF. This call for evidence is to explore some of the issues raised and investigate ways in which a simpler, lighter-touch, system for the REF might be developed.
See the terms of reference.
The government wants to open up public sector recruitment, to ensure that the best people can be hired for the job.
This call for evidence is to gather information on the use of internal-only recruitment in the public sector, including whether it is ever ineffectively or inappropriately used. We are also seeking views on the role for government in encouraging more open recruitment.
We want to hear from businesses about the barriers they are facing in accessing superfast broadband.
We encourage responses from businesses, communications providers and other interested parties.
Open consultation: Developing black and minority ethnic talent: issues faced by businesses - McGregor-Smith review
In February, the Business Secretary asked Baroness McGregor-Smith to undertake a review of the issues faced by businesses in developing black and minority ethnic talent from recruitment through to executive level.
In order to inform that review, Baroness McGregor-Smith has launched a call for evidence and welcomes your views on:
- the need for change
- identifying obstacles
- assessing the impacts of obstacles
- existing data
- best practice
Updated: Deadline for responses extended to 30 May 2016.
Innovation can transform lives. It can help us to face some of our biggest challenges, from energy supply and food security, to demographic change and the delivery of public services. It enables businesses to develop new ideas, products and services, and create new jobs and export opportunities.
We want to know how you think the UK can improve its innovation framework. The survey asks for views on 7 areas:
- access to finance
- challenger businesses
- national infrastructure
- intellectual property
Your ideas will help us to develop a National Innovation Plan which we will publish later this year.