Stem_2 Ian Taylor’s policy group on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will release its findings today. Click here for the pdf of the full report. It sets out nine objectives:

  1. To improve the effectiveness of UK innovation
  2. To use public procurement to drive innovation
  3. To stimulate UK R&D investment
  4. To raise school performance in STEM subjects
  5. To create the environment to enable more UK universities to become world-class
  6. To improve the UK’s national position in global excellence in science and technology
  7. To raise the status of STEM in Britain
  8. To tackle the risk-averse culture
  9. To establish a Department of Science & Innovation

Alpha Galileo has more synopsis.  Whilst at 16,000 words it’s not in the same league as the Social Justice and Quality of Life reports, it’s strange that the STEM report hasn’t been trailed in the papers or launched at an event. It hasn’t even been press released yet.

There’s a welcoming statement by David Cameron on the party’s website:

"The Conservative Party is acutely aware that science and engineeringare key to our national competitiveness – and this substantial reportsets out a constructive and effective way forward for these vitalindustries."

The group’s interim report advocated giving prize money to people and organisations that display great innovation.

2.30pm update: The Press Association has covered it now. It highlights proposals to put science labs in primary schools, and to put more money into science teachers’ wages and university science departments.

Deputy Editor

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