Higher education policy

Our policy work advises on teaching and research across higher education institutions, with a particular focus on how statistical literacy and research methods can be advanced and improved.

Policy submissions and statements on higher education are informed by our Academic Affairs Advisory Group on a voluntary basis, with assistance from the Policy and Research Manager.

EVIDENCE: to the Science and Technology Select Committee's inquiry on research integrity (PDF)
Published: March 2017

RESPONSE: to the Higher Education Funding Councils’ consultation on the Research Excellence Framework, by the Council for Mathematical Sciences [PDF]
Sent: 16 March 2017

RESPONSE: to the British Academy’s consultation on Skills in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences [PDF]
Sent: 15 March 2017

RESPONSE: to the Scottish Government consultation on STEM education and training strategy (PDF)
Appendix Table [XLS]
Sent: 31 January 2017

EVIDENCE: to the Science and Technology Select Committee’s Inquiry on STEM skills gaps
Published: 19th January 2017

REPORT: The impact of academic statistics as shown through ‘impact case studies’ submitted to the 2014 REF (PDF) with data tables (XLS).
Published: January 2017

EVIDENCE: to the Public Bill Committee for the Higher Education and Research Bill (PDF)
Sent: 30 September 2016

RESPONSE: to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ technical consultation on the Teaching Excellence Framework (PDF)
Sent: 11 July 2016

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: to Lord Stern’s review of the Research Excellence Framework (PDF)
Sent: 22 March 2016

REPORT: to 'Mathematical sciences driving the UK economy' (PDF) by the Council of Mathematical Sciences
Published: January 2016

RESPONSE: to BIS regarding the Green Paper on Higher Education (PDF)
Sent: 15 January 2016

RESPONSE: to CaSE on the impact of immigration for UK science and engineering (PDF)
Sent: 14 August 2015

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: to the Nurse Review of Research Councils (PDF)
This and an associated response from the Council for Mathematical Sciences are summarised in an article on StatsLife.
Sent: 17 April 2015

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: to the Economic and Social Research Council for a demographic review of the UK Social Sciences (PDF)
Sent: 30 October 2014

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: to the European Commission on mathematics and digital science (PDF)
Sent: 29 September 2014

View the response and comments on European Commission webpage

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: to Economic and Social Research Council consultation on future strategic direction (PDF)
Sent: 15 July 2014

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: to UK Department for Business Innovation & Skills 2020 vision for science and research (PDF)
Sent: 7 July 2014

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: to HEFCE's independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment (PDF)
Sent: 27 June 2014

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: to Review of the ESRC Doctoral Training Network (PDF)
Sent: 2 April 2014

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: to the British Academy on the national strategy for quantitative skills (PDF)
Sent: 18 March 2014

REPORT: The future of academic statistics (PDF) by Kevin McConway (vice-president for academic affairs).
Published: February 2013

To read a Q&A on this report see this StatsLife article.