Institute of Physics states the case for sustained investment in physics

26 April 2016

The Institute of Physics in Scotland (IOPS) has called on all political parties to ensure that sustained investment in physics at all levels is part of their proposed programme for government.

Institute of Physics states the case for sustained investment in physics

Stating their case, IOPS has highlighted the importance of physics to Scotland and called on political parties to:

  • Provide additional funding incentives to train new specialist physics teachers in Scotland.
  • Commit to fund schemes to improve teachers’ subject knowledge.
  • Support the establishment of a new physics-based national research facility in Scotland.
  • Generate incentives to encourage businesses to increase their investment in private R&D to bring Scotland up the UK average.
  • Ensure that the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA), when appointed, is able to feed into policy discussions wherever possible, and that the Scottish Science Advisory Council is reconvened following the appointment of a new CSA.
  • Provide additional funding for Science Centres in Scotland to enable them to offer free public access.

Alison McLure, National Officer for Scotland for the Institute of Physics, commented;

“These are challenging times for Scotland, with changes to the education sector and economic problems facing the incoming government. Whichever party comes to power after May 5th, it is critical that they recognize the importance of science to our nation. Our economy is underpinned by physics which contributes £8.5 bn to the national economy, employs more than 100,000 people who, with 4% of the workforce, drive 10% of the economy. It is critical that our education system is capable of producing a sufficient supply of highly skilled, scientifically literate young people to meet the demands of this economy.”

A copy of our election briefing for physics can be found here: http://www.iopscotland.org/policy/election2016/.



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