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RAS science policy: list of submissions and reports

The RAS promotes astronomy and geophysics by responding to government and other consultations, by producing policy papers and by networking with other organizations sharing similar aims.

Click the links below to read RAS submissions and reports (since 2003), which are all accessible as PDFs. (Date of document in brackets.)

 


Astronomy & geophysics education

 

BIS Consultation on Science and Society strategy: RAS response (2012)

pdfBIS Science and Society consultation October 2012 RAS response.pdf

 

Higher Education Commission: Inquiry into postgraduate education (2012)

pdfHigher Education Commission.pdf

 

HEFCE consultation on student numbers and teaching funding (2012)

pdfHEFCE consultation on student numbers and teaching funding.pdf

 

Evidence for House of Lords Science and Technology Subcommittee I: Inquiry into HE in STEM subjects (2011)

pdfLords Science and Technology Sub Committee.pdf

 

RAS statement on the teaching of creationism and intelligent design (2011)

pdf Teaching_of_Creationism.pdf

 

Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills consultation on 'A vision for Science and Society' (2008)
science and society response science and society response

House of Commons Education and Skills Committee review of Higher Education (2006)
Education and Skills Committee Review of HE_pdf.pdf Education and Skills Committee Review of HE

British Geophysical Association Report on Geophysics Education in the UK (2006)
Geophysics Education in the UK Geophysics Education in the UK

Report on the PhD and Careers in Astronomy in the UK (2005)
careers in astronomy.pdf careers in astronomy

House of Lords Science & Technology Committee review of Science Teaching (2006)
Science Teaching - House of Lords S&T committee Science Teaching - House of Lords S&T committee

House of Commons Science & Technology Committee review of strategic science provision (2005)
Strategic science provision in English Universities.pdf Strategic science provision in English Universities

Treasury-DTI-DfES consultation on Science and Innovation (2004)
Science & Innovation Science & Innovation

 


Astronomy & geophysics research

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee: inquiry into Women in STEM careers (2013)

[Pending publication of report]

 

Call for evidence: The ownership and governance of NERC centres (2013)

pdfNERC centres ownership consultation response final.pdf

 

Review of UK and EU balance of competences: call for evidence on research and development (2013)

pdfEU UK Balance of Competences final.pdf

 

House of Commons BIS Select Committee inquiry into the Implications of Scottish Independence (2013)

pdfScottish independence BIS Select Committee.pdf

 

House of Lords Science and Technology Committee: inquiry into scientific infrastructure (2013) 

pdfHouse of Lords Science and Technology Committee inquiry into Scientific Infrastructure revised.pdf

 

Triennial Review of Research Councils (2013)

pdfTriennial Review response.pdf

 

Migration Advisory Committee consultation on Shortage Occupation List: Joint Geological Society / RAS response (2012)

pdfGSL RAS final submission to MAC SOL

 

NERC consultation on BAS / NOC merger: RAS response (2012)

pdfbas-noc-merger-response-RAS.pdf

 

RAS letter to the AAS in support of the James Webb Space Telescope (2011)

pdfElmegreen.pdf

 

2010 Demographic survey of the UK astronomy and geophysics research communities (2011), summary for 'Astronomy and Geophysics' and general overview by Paul Murdin

pdfDemographics and Research Interests of the UK Astronomy and Geophysics Communities 2010 - Revised 2013.pdf

pdfAG_article_-_final.pdf

pdfDemography of Astronomy in the United Kingdom (Paul Murdin, Venngeist)

 

BGA / Geological Society / Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain submission to House of Commons S&T Committee 'Spending Review 2010' (2011) 

pdf final_pesgb_bga_gsl_submission.pdf

 

House of Commons S&T Committee 'Spending Review 2010' (2011) 

pdf CSR_note.pdf

 

House of Commons S&T Committee 'Astronomy and particle physics' (2011)

pdf RAS_submission_to_astronomy_and_particle_physics_inquiry.pdf

 

British Geological Survey consultation on 'Earth Sciences in the 21st century' - RAS response (2010)
 RAS submission to S+T inquiry into cuts 2010 Earth Sciences in the 21st century - RAS response.pdf

 

House of Commons S&T Committee 'The impact of spending cuts on science and scientific research' (2010)
pdfSciTechComCutsRAS.pdf cuts 2010
BGA submission to S+T inquiry into cuts 2010 BGA submission to S+T inquiry into cuts 2010

House of Lords S&T Committee 'Research Funding Priorities'(2009)
S&T research funding priorities.pdf S&T research funding priorities.pdf

Royal Society 'Fruits of Curiosity' Consultation(2009)
The Fruits of Curiosity.pdf The Fruits of Curiosity.pdf

 

STFC Consultation on funding options (2010)

pdf STFC_Consultation_-_RAS_response.pdf


STFC Corporate Strategy Consultation (2009)
STFC Strategy consultation -RAS response.pdf STFC Strategy consultation -RAS response.pdf

 
STFC Organisational Review (2008)


RCUK / UUK consultation on Full Economic Costing (2008)
fEC.pdf fEC.pdf

British Geophysical Association (BGA) submission to House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee investigation into the regulation of geoengineering (2010)
regulationofgeoengineering8129.pdf regulationofgeoengineering8129.pdf

British Geophysical Association (BGA) submission to House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee investigation into the regulation of geoengineering (2009)
regulationofgeoengineering20119.pdf regulationofgeoengineering20119.pdf

British Geophysical Association (BGA) submission to House of Commons Select Committee on Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills case study investigation of geoengineering (2008)
BGA submission to IUSS on geoengineering.pdf BGA submission to IUSS on geoengineering.pdf

RAS submission to the Wakeham Review of the Health of Physics in the UK (2008)
RAS submission to Wakeham Review.pdf RAS submission to Wakeham Review.pdf

UKRC proposals to create a Science & Technology Facilities Council to replace PPARC and CCLRC (2006)
Future of PPARC Future of PPARC

Funding Councils' proposals to replace RAE post -2008 (2006)
Future of Research Assessment (RAE) Future of Research Assessment (RAE)

Research Excellence Framework( REF) (2008)
RESEARCH EXCELLENCE FRAMEWORK RESEARCH EXCELLENCE FRAMEWORK

Research Excellence Framework (REF) (2nd consultation) (2009)

pdf REF_response_-_RAS.pdf

CSR: RAS case to HM Treasury and DTI for funding astronomy research (2006)
The case for funding blue skies research.pdf The case for funding blue skies research

RAS-IoP-PPARC-EPSRC International Perceptions Review of UK Physics and Astronomy (2000)
international review of physics and astronomy.pdf international review of physics and astronomy

RAS-IoP-PPARC-EPSRC International Perceptions Review of UK Physics and Astronomy (2005)
International Perceptions of UK Physics and Astronomy.pdf International Perceptions of UK Physics and Astronomy.pdf

 

RAS submission to EPSRC International Review of Mathematical Sciences (2010)

pdf Submission_of_Evidence_form.pdf 

 

RCUK Consultation on Peer Review( 2006)
RCUK-peer review.pdf RCUK-peer review

Role of Astronomy in Research funding of UK Physics Departments (2007)
Role of Astronomy in Research funding of UK Physics Departments.pdf Role of Astronomy in Research funding of UK Physics Departments.pdf

 


Science policy

 

House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into scientific evidence and advice in emergencies (Space Weather, RAS, 2010)

pdf S_and_T_-_Scientific_evidence_and_advice_in_emergencies.pdf

 

House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into scientific evidence and advice in emergencies (Icelandic volcano, BGA, 2010)

pdf S_and_T_-_Scientific_evidence_-_BGA.pdf

 

Putting Science and Engineering at the Heart of Government Policy (supplementary submission by the RAS) (2009)
IUSS Committee Sup. Evidence - V2.pdf IUSS Committee Sup. Evidence - V2.pdf

Putting Science and Engineering at the Heart of Government Policy' (submission by the Science Council to which the RAS contributed) ( 2009)
Putting science at heart of government.pdf Putting science at heart of government.pdf

RAS submission to Royal Society 'Fruits of Curiosity' inquiry (2009)
RAS submission to RS inquiry.pdf RAS submission to RS inquiry.pdf

BGA submission to Royal Society 'Fruits of Curiosity' inquiry (2009)
BGA submission to RS inquiry 2009.pdf BGA submission to RS inquiry 2009.pdf

 


Space policy

 

House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into the European and UK Space Agencies (2013)

pdfUKSA ESA inquiry response.pdf

House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into the UK Space Agency (2010)

pdf S_and_T_Committee_inquiry_into_Space_Agency.pdf

BIS consultation on the funding and management of UK civil space activities (2009)
BIS consultation response.pdf BIS consultation response.pdf

BNSC Space Exploration Review (2009)
RAS_BNSC_consultation_response.pdf RAS_BNSC_consultation_response.pdf

BNSC Working Group on Space Exploration ( 2007)
Response to BNSC Working Group on Space Exploration.pdf Response to BNSC Working Group on Space Exploration.pdf

BNSC Consultation on Space Strategy (2007)
BNSC Consultation on UK Civil Space Strategy.pdf BNSC Consultation on UK Civil Space Strategy.pdf

House of Commons Science & Technology Committee review of UK Space Policy (2006)
UK Policy on Space UK Policy on Space

RAS statement on Future of Planetary Sciences in the UK (2005)
 PLANETARY SCIENCES IN THE UK.pdf PLANETARY SCIENCES IN THE UK

RAS commissioned review of the scientific case for Human Space Exploration (2005)
Scientific Case for Human Space Exploration Scientific Case for Human Space Exploration

RAS statement on UK participation in the European 'Aurora' Space Programme (2004)
Aurora.pdf Aurora

 


Scientific publications

 

HEFCE Consultation on Open Access in the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework (2013)

pdfHEFCE Consultation 2013 final response.pdf

 

House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee: Inquiry into Open Access publishing (2013)

pdfCommons Open Access - final.pdf

 

House of Lords Science and Technology Committee: Inquiry into Open Access publishing (2013)

pdfLords Open Access - revised2.pdf

 

RAS publishing policy (2012)

pdfRAS publishing policy

 

European Policy on Open Access publication of scientific research (2006)
EU study on scientific publications - RAS response May 06.pdf EU study on scientific publications - RAS response May 06.pdf

 

RCUK statement on Access to Research Outputs (2005)
RAS_response_to_RCUK consultation on open access and repositories RAS_response_to_RCUK consultation on open access and repositories

 

House of Commons Science & Technology Committee review of scientific publications (2004)
Scientific Publications statement to S&T Committee.pdf Scientific Publications statement to S&T Committee

 

 


 

International

 

RAS response to the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service survey on the redefinition of UTC (2011)

pdf RAS_response_to_the_IERS_survey_on_the_redefinition_of_UTC.pdf

EU Commission consultation on the Digital Dividend: RAS response (potential impact on radio astronomy) (2009)
Digital Dividend Public Consultation.pdf Digital Dividend Public Consultation.pdf

International Telecommunications Union proposal to abolish leap seconds (2005)
RAS statement on Leap Seconds.pdf RAS statement on Leap Seconds.pdf

House of Commons Transport Committee review of UK participation in 'Galileo'(2004)
Galileo Galileo

 


Light pollution

 

House of Commons Science & Technology Committee review of Light Pollution & Astronomy (2003)
Light Pollution Light Pollution
oral evidence oral evidence

 

Department for Communities and Local Government: National Planning Policy Framework consultation (2011)

pdf National_Planning_Policy_Framework_consultation.pdf 


Radio spectrum

 

Letter to OFCOM re review of the EU Radio Spectrum(2006)
EU Radio Spectrum EU Radio Spectrum

Response to OFCOM re review of Ultra Wideband(2005)
Ultra Wideband Ultra Wideband  

BGA submission to IUSS on geoengineering.pdf BGA submission to IUSS on geoengineering.pdf