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Higher Education Policy

The Society provides Government and other policy makers – including funders of biological education and research – with independent evidence-based opinion, representative of the widest range of bioscience disciplines.

The Royal Society of Biology responses to Higher Education specific consultations are documented below. If you would like to contribute to a response, or draw our attention to other relevant consultations, please email Lauren McLeod

2019 Responses

January 2019


2018 Responses

The Royal Society of Biology has responded to the UK Higher Education Funding Bodies consultation on REF 2021 draft guidance on submissions, panel criteria and working methods
October 2018
The Royal Society of Biology has responded to the Depart for Educations call for evidence on Post-18 education and funding
May 2018

2017 Responses

October 2017
August 2017

2016 Responses


2015 Responses

The QAA has published the Benchmark Statements for the Biosciences and Biomedical Sciences
November 2015
The Royal Society of Biology has responded to the consultation on the draft Biosciences Benchmark and Biomedical Sciences Benchmark
August 2015

2014 Responses

January 2014

2013 Responses

September 2013

2012 Responses


2011 Responses