RCUK Submissions to Consultations and Inquiries from 2011 are available below:
RCUK response to the House of Lords Science & Technology Committee Higher Education in STEM subjects inquiry
The RCUK submission to the House of Lords Science & Technology Committee Higher Education in STEM subjects inquiry. Further information is available here.
RCUK Response ERA Framework proposal consultation
The RCUK submission to the ERA Framework proposal consultation.
RCUK Response to GO-Science Science and Engineering Review of FCO
The RCUK submission to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office's use of science and engineering to support the development and delivery of its policies.
Science and Technology Committee - Science and International Development inquiry
RCUK response to the Science and Technology Committee's inquiry into Science and International Development
RCUK response to Welsh Government 'Future Structure of Universities in Wales' consultation
This document is RCUK's response to the Welsh Governments 'Future Structure of Universities in Wales' consultation. This evidence is submitted by RCUK on behalf of all Research Councils and represents their independent views.
RCUK response to HEFCE ‘Working methods of the main and sub-panels for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF)’ consultation
This document is RCUK's response to the HEFCE ‘Working methods of the main and sub-panels for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF)’ consultation. The finalised criteria and working methods will be published by HEFCE in early 2012.
RCUK response to House of Lords call for evidence ‘Role and function of departmental Chief Scientific Advisors’
This document is RCUK's response to the House of Lords call for evidence ‘Role and function of departmental Chief Scientific Advisors’. This evidence is submitted by RCUK on behalf of all Research Councils and represents their independent views.
RCUK Response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee report into ‘Peer Review in Scientific Publications’
This document is RCUK's response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee report into ‘Peer Review in Scientific Publications’. This evidence is submitted by RCUK on behalf of all Research Councils and represents their independent views.
RCUK response to Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee inquiry 'Natural Environment White Paper'
This document is RCUK's response to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee inquiry 'Natural Environment White Paper'.
RCUK response to Science and Technology Committee Inquiry ‘Engineering in Government: Follow Up’
This document is RCUK's response Science and Technology Committee Inquiry ‘Engineering in Government: Follow Up’ consultation. This evidence is submitted by RCUK on behalf of all Research Councils and represents their independent views.
RCUK response to REF 2014 – Consultation on Draft Panel Criteria and Working Methods
This document is RCUK's response to the draft assessment criteria and working methods of the REF 2014 panels consultation. The finalised criteria and working methods will be published by Universities UK in early 2012.
Lifting the barriers to women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics: a strategy for Scotland
The principal aims of this inquiry are to identify factors that appear to limit the proportion of women in the STEM workforce in Scotland, and to seek to introduce measures that may increase the number who rise to senior positions in universities, institutes, public and professional bodies, business and industry.
Science as a public enterprise: opening up scientific information
This Royal Society project examines the use of scientific information as it affects scientists and society, asking how scientific information should be managed to support innovative and productive research that reflects public values.
Food Standards Agency: Working in partnership
This consultation asks for the public’s views on a framework that will be used when deciding when and how to use external data from industry and non-governmental organisations. The framework will also be used when considering whether to jointly fund research with industry or non-governmental organisations.
As part of its ongoing monitoring of the Spending Review 2010 the Commons Science and Technology Committee decided to take evidence on forest research
MoJ Draft Defamation Bill Consultation
This consultation asks for feedback on proposals to amend the current libel laws to protect freedom of expression.
Nuffield Council on Bioethics consultation on emerging biotechnologies
This consultation considers the common ethical issues raised by emerging biotechnologies and the implications for policy, governance and public engagement.
Natural Environment White Paper
This inquiry focuses on the Defra Natural Environment White Paper and asks for details of support for key elements, suggested improvements and omissions.
Submitted June 2011 – awaiting publication of report
Green Paper on a Common Strategic Framework for future EU Research and Innovation Funding
This consultation asks for views on a Green Paper which proposes major changes to EU research and innovation funding to make participation easier, increase scientific and economic impact and provide better value for money.
Review of Cultural Education
This independent review, led by Darren Henley, MD of Classic FM, aims to consider how all children can experience a high quality cultural education.
Commons Science and Technology Committee Inquiry into Practical Experiments in School Science Lessons and Science Field Trips
This inquiry aims to investigate reports that the number of practical experiments in science lessons in schools and science field trips may be in decline.
Lords Science and Technology Committee Inquiry Nuclear Research and Development Capabilities
This inquiry investigates whether the UK’s nuclear research and development capabilities are sufficient to meet its future nuclear energy requirements to 2050.
RCUK has provided a written response to the European Commission Consultation on the successor to the Framework Programmes - the Common Strategic Framework for future EU Research and Innovation Funding (CSFRI).
Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry into Sustainable Food
This inquiry looks into the environmental and social consequences of the way the food we eat in the UK is produced, distributed, marketed and sold and how Government policy can be used to promote more sustainable practices and behaviours.
Home Office Review of Research and Development in Forensic Science
The aim of this review is to provide Ministers with advice on the current and likely future status of forensic science research and development in the UK.
Commons Science and Technology Select Committee Inquiry into Peer Review
This inquiry looks at the operation and effectiveness of the peer review process used to examine and validate scientific results and papers prior to publication.
Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee Inquiry into the Future of Higher Education
This inquiry focuses on the conclusions of the Browne Report, the Government’s proposed White Paper on higher education, and the role and future of state funding in higher education.
Commons Science and Technology Select Committee Inquiry into the Forensic Science Service
This inquiry examines the winding-down of the Forensic Science Service.
Revised Food Standards Agency Strategy for 2010 to 2015
The annual review and revision of the Food Standards Agency's 2010-2015 Strategic Plan, along with the associated science, evidence and analysis needs.
Independent Review of IP and Growth
This review aims to identify barriers to growth within the IP framework, which consists of the rules and regulations covering how IP is created, used and protected in the UK.
Commons Science and Technology Select Committee Inquiry into Astronomy and Particle Physics
The RCUK response to this inquiry focuses on the opportunities for outreach and inspiring the next generation of astronomers and particle physicists.
Consultation on Defra’s Information Strategy
This consultation asks questions about the steps Defra is taking to make its data and information more publicly available.
European Innovation Partnership on active and healthy ageing
This consultation asks questions about setting up a European Innovation Partnership to promote the development of innovative products and services that will help older people stay healthy, active and independent for longer.
BIS Call for Evidence on the EU Framework Programme
This call explores areas where the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills seeks views on UK participation in the EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.