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Policy Responses

The policy team and education team develop responses to consultations on behalf of the Society, on topics including access to academic research, guidance on animal research, plant science, the funding and commercialisation of research, issues impacting on higher education and schools.

We also maintain an archive of consultation responses as a record of outputs.

Responses in 2017

The Royal Society of Biology as part of the Learned Societies Group has submitted evidence to the Scottish Education and Skills Committee on Teacher Workforce Planning for Scotland's Schools.
26 April 2017

The Royal Society of Biology responded to the BEIS consultation on Building our Industrial Strategy.
13 April 2017

The Royal Society of Biology responded to the HEFCE consultation on the 2nd Research Excellence Framework
17 March 2017

The Royal Society of Biology responded to the BEIS consultation on the UK Bioeconomy.
27 January 2017

The Royal Society of Biology responded to the Scottish Government's draft STEM education and training strategy.

31 January 2017
The Royal Society of Biology submitted a response to the draft STEM education and training strategy informed by a workshop hosted by the RSB Scotland branch. As part of the Learned Societies Group we submitted a joint response to the strategy.

The Royal Society of Biology responded to an inquiry into closing the STEM skills gap
18 January 2017
The Royal Society of Biology submitted evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on measures taken to close the STEM skills gap.

The Royal Society of Biology responded to the My Science Inquiry
11 January 2017
The Royal Society of Biology submitted evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, and suggested two areas for scrutiny: Managing Conflicts of Interest and Interdisciplinary Research Landscape in the UK.

Responses in 2016

The Royal Society of Biology responded to an inquiry on the impact of exiting the European Union on higher education
30 November 2016
The Royal Society of Biology submitted evidence to the Education Select Committee on the impact of exiting the EU on higher education.

The Learned Societies' Group has submitted a second-stage response to Education Scotland on the Curriculum for Excellence Science Benchmarks
24 November 2016
The Learned Societies' Group of which the Royal Society of Biology is a member has responded to the Scottish Government's draft Science Benchmarks for Assessments in further detail.

The Learned Societies' Group has responded to the Consultation on the Draft Curriculum for Excellence Benchmarks for Assessments in the Science
25 October 2016
The Learned Societies' Group of which the Royal Society of Biology is a member has responded to the Scottish Government's draft Benchmarks for Assessments in the Sciences.

The Royal Society of Biology has responded to the Royal Society call for views on education research
25 October 2016
The Royal Society of Biology has submitted a response to the Royal Society-British Academy joint project call for views on educational research.

The Royal Society of Biology in alliance with the other Learned Societies responded to the Migration Advisory Committee call for evidence to inform their 'partial review of the Shortage Occupational List: Teachers' this also included an additional evidence annex.

16 September 2016
The Royal Society of Biology with the Association for Science Education, Institute of Physics, Royal Society and Royal Society of Chemistry responded to the call for evidence, in our response we raised concerns about continued under recruitment of teachers across the sciences.

The Royal Society of Biology responded to Leaving the EU: implications and opportunities for science and research inquiry
7 September 2016
The Royal Society of Biology submitted evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into the implications and opportunities of leaving the EU for science and research.

The Royal Society of Biology responded to the call for evidence on Accelerated Courses and Switching University Degrees
19th July 2016
The RSB has responded to the Department of Business Innovation and Skills call for evidence on accelerated courses and switching degrees.

The Royal Society of Biology has responded to the technical consultation on the Teaching Excellence Framework
12th July 2016
The RSB has submitted a response to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills on the technical consultation for the implementation of the TEF year 2.

Royal Society of Biology briefing on the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee white paper: 'Higher education: success as a knowledge economy'
30 May 2016

The Learned Societies Group developed a briefing paper for new Members of the Scottish parliament.
10 May 2016

The Royal Society of Biology has responded to an inquiry into science communication

29 April 2016
The Royal Society of Biology submitted evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into Science communication.

The Royal Society of Biology has responded to the Review of the Research Excellence Framework (REF)
24 March 2016
The RSB has submitted evidence to the independent review of the Research Excellence Framework chaired by Lord Stern.

The Royal Society of Biology has responded to the Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy inquiry on apprenticeships
18 March 2016
The RSB has submitted evidence to the inquiry highlighting the needs of the biosciences sector.

The Royal Society of Biology has responded to the inquiry into EU regulation of the life sciences
15 March 2016
The RSB has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into EU regulation of the life sciences.

The Learned Societies' Group has responded to the Scottish Government's Review on Improvement to National Qualifications and Assessment
1 March 2016
The Learned Societies' Group of which the Royal Society of Biology is a member has responded to the review Chaired by Dr Alasdair Allan, the Learning Minister for Scotland.

The Royal Society of Biology has responded to the consultation on Implementing the English Baccalaureate
28 January 2016
The Royal Society of Biology with the Association for Science Education, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry responded to the consultation, highlighting the issues faced in recruiting specialist teachers

The Royal Society of Biology has responded to the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee green paper: Higher education: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice
15 January 2016
The RSB consulted with its membership, committees and special interest groups to develop its response to the green paper.

Responses in 2015

The Learned Societies' Group has responded to the SQA consultation on data presentation
17 December 2015
The Learned Societies' Group of which the Royal Society of Biology is a member has responded to the consultation on data presentation to encourage a consistent approach across all the sciences.

The Royal Society of Biology has responded to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology consultation on The Relationship between EU Membership and the Effectiveness of Science, Research and Innovation in the UK

27 November 2015

The Learned Societies' Group has responded to the Consultation on the Draft National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education.
20 November 2015
The Learned Societies' Group of which the Royal Society of Biology is a member has responded to the Scottish Government's draft National Improvement Framework for Scottish education.

The Royal Society of Biology in collaboration with other learned societies responded to the Education Select Committee Inquiry into the Supply of Teachers.
19 November 2015
The Royal Society of Biology with the Association for Science Education, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Society responded to the Education Select Committee inquiry on whether teacher supply in the sciences is at crisis point.

The Royal Society of Biology has responded to the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee Inquiry: Assessing the Quality of Higher Education
29 October 2015
The RSB responded to the BIS committee inquiry addressing the HEFCE review and the Teaching Excellence Framework.

The Royal Society of Biology in collaboration with other learned societies responded to the call for evidence on the teachers' professional development standard
16 October 2015
The Royal Society of Biology with the Association for Science Education, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Society responded to the Department for Education call for evidence, highlighting the importance of professional development for the teaching community.

The Royal Society of Biology has responded to the consultation on Developing New GCSEs, AS and A Levels for First Teaching in 2017
23 September 2015
The Royal Society of Biology has responded to the Ofqual consultation on the assessment of the Environmental Sciences A level qualification.

The Royal Society of Biology has responded to the consultation on GCSE and A level reform: content for teaching from September 2017
22 September 2015

The Royal Society of Biology has responded to the future approaches to quality assessment in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: consultation
28 August 2015
The Royal Society of Biology has responded to the consultation on the review of quality assessment across the higher education sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Royal Society of Biology has responded to the consultation on the draft Biosciences Benchmark and Biomedical Sciences Benchmark
21 August 2015
The Royal Society of Biology has responded to the consultation on the benchmarks for university courses in the biosciences and biomedical sciences.

Society of Biology response to Consultation on Support for Postgraduate Study
29 May 2015
The Society of Biology responded to a proposed loan system for postgraduate taught master's students. Under the scheme, anyone under 30 who is eligible and accepted to study will be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,000.

SCORE response to Ofqual consultation on GCSE reform: regulations for science
1 May 2015
SCORE of which the Society of Biology is a member have submitted a short response to the consultation on the regulations for the science GCSEs.

Society of Biology response to the Nurse Review of the Research Councils

22 April 2015
The Society gave a detailed response to the review of the Research Councils, led by Paul Nurse. Key to this response was the need to address interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research.

Society of Biology response to the Dowling Review of collaborations between businesses and university researchers
6 March 2015
The Society responded to Dame Ann Dowling DBE FREng FRS, who was asked by the Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, to lead a review examining how government can support the development of more effective collaborations between businesses and university researchers in the UK.

Society of Biology response to the Charity Commission consultation on changes to 'The essential trustee'
17 February 2015
The Society responded to a call for views on the new updated draft of 'The Essential Trustee'; the Charity Commission’s guide to charity trustees’ responsibilities.

SCORE response to the Ofqual consultation on the proposal for changes to the assessment of GCSE practical work
4 February 2015
SCORE of which the Society of Biology is a member have responded to the Ofqual consultation on GCSE practical work. SCORE acknowledges that there needs to be a change in the current method of assessment, however more details surrounding the proposals are needed to establish the best course of action.

SCORE response to Department for Education consultation on developing the teaching profession to a world class standard
3 February 2015
The Society of Biology as a member of SCORE, has responded to the Department for Education consultation to feedback on plans for the development of a College of Teaching to support the teaching profession.