Feeds

Brown promises £1bn for UK science

Pumped and primed

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Gordon Brown is to invest a billion pounds of British taxpayers' money in science and innovation in the UK over the next ten years.

In his annual spending review, the chancellor of the exchequer put a figure on the cash for science that he promised in the Budget in March this year. Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt said then: "We still need to get science out of the labs, into our companies and on to the balance sheet." Today, she said that the £1bn promised to science would boost an already excellent science base.

The framework for the investment outlines the plans for the government to increase spending on science to 2.5 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) over the next decade. It has been developed in collaboration with industry and academia: the Wellcome trust, for instance, has committed to investing £1.5bn over the next five years.

However, professional science bodies, such as the Institute of Physics, warn that a shortage of graduates could hinder the government's plans.

Dr Julia King, chief executive of the Institute of Physics, said that education was key: "The first step is to invest in the infrastructure of school science teaching and university physics departments, and to foster a community in Britain that is welcoming to science."

Charles Clarke, secretary of state for education, said he is determined that the UK education system will deliver the right skills for the economy.

"This framework sets out a comprehensive strategy for tackling skills shortages in the science, engineering and technology fields," he said in a statement today. He added that he planned to look at education from school level to postgraduate to create "a responsive supply of skills in the future".

It promises higher salaries for Advanced Skills Teachers in science; at least one science-specialist Higher-Level Teaching Assistant in every secondary school in England; and a bigger golden hello for new science teachers and trainees. ®

Related stories

UK science to get out of the labs and onto the balance sheet
Chancellor wants nation of boffins
Budget sells IT industry short Intellect
IT guru donates millions to Oxford

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco
Standing in the corner, big pointy 'D' hats
KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so
LOHAN's Punch and Judy show relaunches Thursday
Weather looking good for second pop at test flights
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
Curiosity finds not-very-Australian-shaped rock on Mars
File under 'messianic pastries' and move on, people
Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
Helium seeps from Falcon 9 first stage, delays new legs for NASA robonaut
Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully
Clandestine NRO spacecraft sets off on its unknown mission
New FEMTO-MOON sighted BIRTHING from Saturn's RING
Icy 'Peggy' looks to be leaving the outer rings
Melting permafrost switches to nasty, high-gear methane release
Result? 'Way more carbon being released into the atmosphere as methane'
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.