Author Archives: David Willetts

Shaping Science and Society

The issues are all around us I was reminded at the Science Media Centre’s 10th birthday celebration of a classic science and society issue: how science is reported and the importance of the relationship between scientists and journalists. Coverage of the … Continue reading

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Safeguarding fair access to higher education

Today the Sutton Trust conference heard from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg that too often children from disadvantaged backgrounds saw certain university courses and careers as “not for people like me”. For me the need to widen access to our … Continue reading

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Science and the Olympics – faster, stronger, smarter

  Science has played a part in every major British endeavour and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are no exception. As well as galvanising our sporting expertise, the Games bring together some of our very best scientists and … Continue reading

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A Great Year for Science and Innovation

Today we launched the Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth, a multi-million pound package setting out the Government’s plans to boost economic growth through investment in research and innovation. One of the highlights is £75 million of new investment to … Continue reading

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Celebrating the value and relevance of the social sciences

Last Thursday I had the honour of speaking at the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) flagship event celebrating the social sciences, held at the British Academy. This forms part of the ESRC’s Festival of Social Science, now in its … Continue reading

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To infinity and beyond the Higgs Boson

This month’s A Level results showed a significant rise in the number of people choosing to study science and maths. Entries for chemistry alone were up over nine per cent from last year – that’s over 4000 extra students. This … Continue reading

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Waiting for results

  Good luck to all those waiting for A-Level results tomorrow after many years of hardwork. I know how anxious a time it can be, but the majority of those holding an offer from a university are likely to achieve … Continue reading

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The next generation of healthcare

This week the Government looks at where we are currently in relation to the regenerative medicine field. A report, ‘Taking stock of regenerative medicine in the UK’ has been published following some good work from the Office for Life Sciences, … Continue reading

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Design for growth

  I’m delighted to say that one of the top items on my agenda this week is the ‘Design for Growth’ summit on Thursday. This is an event which BIS and the Design Council have pulled out all the stops to bring … Continue reading

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