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Open consultations

The Society invites and collates views from members, who work across the biological professions, in order to respond to open consultations. We seek to achieve a consensus of opinion and present a unified voice for the bioscience community.

The consultations we are currently in the process of formulating a response to are outlined below:

A new UK research funding agency
The Government has declared it intends to create a new agency to be “broadly modelled” on the US ARPA, which will provide long term funding to support visionary high-risk, high-pay off scientific, engineering, and technology ideas. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee will inquire formally into the nature and purpose of this new UK research funding agency and invites written submissions. The RSB response to this consultation is currently in draft. Please contact for more information and if you would like to contribute.
Closes: 30 June 2020

Arrangements for Scottish qualification arrangements in 2020-21
SQA have launched a consultation on modifications to arrangements for course assessment in 2020-21 due to COVID-19 disruptions. The RSB will draft a response to this consultation based on our positions outlined to Ofqual regarding qualifications in England, and letter sent to the Scottish Government COVID-19 Education Recovery group in May 2020.
Closes 24 August

If you would like to draw our attention to other relevant consultations, please email us.

Royal Society of Biology consultation responses which have been submitted recently can be found on our consultation responses page. We also maintain an archive of Royal Society of Biology consultation responses as a longer term record of our previous outputs.


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