Implementing the English Baccalaureate

A consultation on increasing uptake of EBacc subjects to 90%. Our response requests more frequent information on subject uptake, raises concerns around shortages of specialist staff at KS3, and highlights the need to sustain fieldwork as a GCSE course component.

Research Excellence Framework Review

A call for evidence on the REF as part of Lord Stern's independent review. Our response stresses that current metrics, and definitions of output and impact, do not adequately assess research, particularly in interdisciplinary contexts.

Review of the UK Social Science PhD

Our response to this ESRC consultation highlights issues with UK PhD delivery, including short length, lack of support, limited funding and limited opportunities for growth and progression. It also discusses the need to broaden routes into and out of PhDs beyond conventional academic pathways, and to improve diversity and inclusion.

Spending Review 2010 inquiry

Our written response to the Science and Technology Committee's inquiry into spending review argued for greater recognition and support for the role of social sciences, arts and humanities in research.