Team Science wants YOU

At the last general election, support for the Liberal Democrats was buoyed by more than just Cleggmania: the party enjoyed particularly strong support from scientists and science commentators. Much of this was on the strength of Evan Harris’s foregrounding of evidence-based policy and support for reform of the outdated libel laws that saw author Simon […]

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China science: challenges and opportunities for the UK (Autumn conference fringe 2014)

This autumn conference in Glasgow, Aldes is teaming up with the Chinese Liberal Democrats to run a discussion panel on the challenges and opportunities for the UK’s research sector in working with – or having to compete with – the rapid growth of China’s science and technology industry. China now invests over 1.98% of its […]

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A ringfence is not enough

The party has recently been trailing hints of the content and priorities of the new manifesto. One released last week was an announcement touting a ringfence of the science budget. They write: The manifesto plans include ringfencing the science research budget and introducing a green innovation arm to the British Business Bank. It’s great that […]

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Re-balancing the economy: building the skills base in Engineering and Science

Engineering Student

Liberal Democrats are deservedly pleased that the British economy is turning the corner, both in terms of growth and employment. But how can we ensure that we maintain and improve on this trend? Aldes are concerned that one of the greatest threats to maintaining sustainable growth and prosperity is the skills gap, where the UK is unable to meet the demand of employers for high-value technical and industrial skills.

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