Friday, 1 February 2008

Anyone here who can innovate?

The THES reports that the Royal Society believes that the Government's desire for an innovation-based economy may be unfulfilled if the amount of UK students undertaking science PhDs does not increase. This follows a Royal Society report which shows the proportion of doctorates being awarded to UK students has decreased by nearly 10% in the last 10 years.

The report makes the following key suggestions:
  • Reduction of fees for certain subjects
  • Introduction of more bursaries
  • Better promotion of science as a career option
  • Introduction of an 8-year study period from start of first degree to PhD completion
  • Detailed review of employer needs to inform study of STEM subjects in Universities
  • More emphasis on a collaborative approach to learning

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