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).
Too many pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in England lack crucial support, a poll of education staff suggests.
One in three female students in the UK has a mental health problem, a survey suggests.
Nicola Sturgeon challenges pupils across Scotland to read from a list of up to 100 books as part of a drive to improve literacy.
Eating disorders, dieting and extreme exercising are as much of a problem for secondary school boys as for girls, suggests a survey.
Record numbers of UK university places have been offered - as top A-level grades fall for the fifth year in a row.
Many millennials regret the money spent on university, according to a new study. So should you skip the degree?
Sixth form funding pressures have been blamed for a drop in foreign language A-level candidates.
The chief inspector of schools in England does not think the chairman of Ofsted should resign after describing the Isle of Wight as a 'ghetto'.
The value of a university degree in higher earnings has not been eroded by the increase in student numbers, says the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
Funding and Consultations
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.
We believe that all discretionary payments for service should be subject to 3 broad policy objectives:
- clear to consumers that they are voluntary
- received by workers
- clear and transparent to consumers and workers in terms of how the payments are treated
The consultation document includes:
- the government’s response to the call for evidence
- proposals for further action
We’re seeking views on our proposals for further action.
Closed consultation: Property ownership and public contracting by foreign companies: improving transparency
Updated: Consultation closing date extended to 4 April 2016.
This discussion paper sets out proposals to improve the transparency of ownership of foreign companies that purchase property or participate in public contracting.
The proposals are designed to help prevent the UK from being a safe haven for corrupt money from around the world.
The consultation closing date has been extended to Monday 4 April 2016.
The Land Registry registers the ownership of land and property in England and Wales.
This consultation sets out options to move Land Registry operations into the private sector. The purpose of the consultation is to:
- set out government’s reasons for proposing change
- propose how a private sector Land Registry would work
- share our thinking on possible models for the future of Land Registry
- seek views on the proposals, especially on our preferred option
A sale of Land Registry could allow government to pay down debt, or enable other investment for the benefit of taxpayers. It is expected that a move into the private sector would also allow Land Registry to become even more efficient. At the same time it could continue with an appropriate level of service to support the property market.
We’re proposing maintenance loans for higher-level learners in technical and professional education. This includes the new National Colleges and learning at the emerging Institutes of Technology. We want to remove the up-front cost and increase the uptake of technical and professional learning in sectors that are important to the economy.
We’ll use evidence gathered through this consultation to make decisions on:
- whether introducing the loans would increase take up
- scope of the loans
- eligibility to receive the loans
We would like views from colleges and independent providers in the further education sector, including National Colleges, higher education institutions and other interested bodies.
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.