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DIUS's Departmental Report 2008
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 77

DIUS's Departmental Report 2008

In its report examining the work and performance of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), set up 18 months ago, the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee finds that the department has not yet found its feet and it is too early to say if it will achieve the Prime Minister's ambitious targets. The DIUS annual report is 'impenetrable' and 'peppered with jargon', and the Committee fears that the jargon may be a substitute for having a clear idea about where DIUS is going and how it will achieve the Prime Minister's goals to make Britain one of the best places in the world for science, research and innovation. Examples of innovation in DIUS's own operatio...

Re-skilling for Recovery
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 124
Engineering: Oral and written evidence
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 453

Engineering: Oral and written evidence

Incorporating HC 470-i-iii, 640-i-iii, 599-i-iii, 1064-i, 1202-i, 1194-i of session 2007-08

Science Budget Allocations
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 57

Science Budget Allocations

In the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) 2007 the Science Budget has increased to £11.24 billion; the increase from 2007/08 to 2010/11 is 17.5 per cent, with a Government commitment to increase the science budget by 2.5 per cent per annum in real terms. But the increases do not fully cover Government-determined spending commitments, such as the requirement for Research Councils to cover 80 per cent of the full economic costs of research, and expenditure on new bodies like the Technology Strategy Board. The Committee is concerned that the Government has failed to protect the existing and planned research base, and has reservations about the influence Government appears to have on the use o...

Withdrawal of Funding for Equivalent Or Lower Level Qualifications (ELQs)
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 52

Withdrawal of Funding for Equivalent Or Lower Level Qualifications (ELQs)

In September 2007 the Government announced that it was withdrawing state funding paid to higher education institutions to subsidise the fees of ELQ students, that is those studying for a qualification at the same or lower level than they already hold. The result is that from 2008-09 students starting a second degree could see their tuition fees increase by 200 per cent. The Committee found that consultation on the withdrawal of the funding was restricted to the implementation arrangements with the full effects of the changes and consequences for other policies inadequately examined. They conclude that the transitional arrangements and exemptions are inadequate and inconsistent and feel that the change would have been better left until the independent review of variable fees due in 2009.

Renewable Electricity - Generation Technologies
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 77

Renewable Electricity - Generation Technologies

The EU's common Energy Policy commits the EU to generating 20 per cent of total energy consumption from renewables by 2020. The European Commission proposed national renewable energy targets for each Member State, and it was suggested that 15 per cent of UK energy be derived from renewables by 2020. Renewable energies comprise three sectors: heating and cooling, transport and electricity. In order to meet the EU Mandated Target of 15 per cent renewable energies by 2020, it will be necessary to generate approximately 35-40 per cent of electricity from renewable sources. This represents a considerable challenge, for which the Government's targets for renewable electricity generation are wholly...

Biosecurity in UK Research Laboratories
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 176

Biosecurity in UK Research Laboratories

Biosecurity in UK research Laboratories : Sixth report of session 2007-08, Vol. 2: Oral and written Evidence

Pre-legislative Scrutiny of the Draft Apprenticeships Bill
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 102

Pre-legislative Scrutiny of the Draft Apprenticeships Bill

This is the Commitee's scrutiny of the draft Apprenticeships Bill which was published on 16 July 2008. While putting much of the current arrangements for apprenticeships onto a statutory basis, the draft Bill provides greater flexibility to allow employers to design and bring forward for approval their own apprenticeship frameworks. The extent of this flexibility was not clear as a key document, the specification of apprenticeship standards, which will determine the core components of frameworks was not published with the draft Bill. Nor did the Government set out in detail how the National Apprenticeship Service would be resourced or organised, or how the legislation would apply in Wales. T...

HC 249 - Business-University Collaboration
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 44

HC 249 - Business-University Collaboration

The Government must commit to a 3 per cent target of GDP of research and development (R&D) spending by 2020 to ensure the UK doesn't lag behind international competitors. The BIS Committee finds that more than 30 years of under-investment in R&D has left the UK trailing countries such as the USA, Germany and France in science and innovation spending, threatening the opportunities for economic growth offered by the research excellence of the UK's world class university system. The Committee found the Catapult network has played a valuable role in harnessing the commercial benefits of science and innovation research. The Committee calls on the Government to back the recommendations of the rece...

Spend, Spend, Spend? - the Mismanagement of the Learning and Skills Council's Capital Programme in Further Education Colleges
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 128

Spend, Spend, Spend? - the Mismanagement of the Learning and Skills Council's Capital Programme in Further Education Colleges

The Building Colleges for the Future programme was a flagship endeavour for the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) (as it then was) and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). Through it the neglected further education sector was finally getting the infrastructure it deserved. But no-one was keeping an eye on the total amount of money which was being committed and the value of applications coming forward. In December 2008 it became clear that the total potential cost of projects which had received 'Approval in Principle' exceeded the capital budget and many more applications were in the pipeline. The report finds that a complicated management structure at the LSC and ap...