If the UK Government is to realise its progressive vision of a science and innovation led economy then a strong supply of science graduates is essential. The Select Committee rightly point out that this requires stimulating student demand from primary school through to university. Good careers information, a stimulating curriculum and empowered teachers will all help to drive this.
"We believe there needs to be a radical re-think in terms of funding for strategic science subjects, not just in terms of the hub and spoke model suggested, but also in terms of incentivising students to study science," said ABPI Director of Science & Technology, Dr Philip Wright.
"Consideration should be given for short-term additional funding for universities or bursaries that would allow tuition fees for students studying essential science subjects to be waived."
The ABPI is establishing a science education task force that will report in 6 months time, to identify key issues from the pharmaceutical industry perspective and how industry can assist. Members will be drawn from the ABPI R&D, Medical and Manufacturing Committees and reflect the breadth and depth of science and engineering skills required to support the industry.
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