Is Scotland’s science sector properly funded? MPs ask universities and researchers
The Scottish Affairs Committee will hear evidence on the opportunities and challenges facing independent research organisations and universities in Scotland, as it continues its inquiry into Scotland’s science sector on Monday 20 November at 3pm.
In the inquiry’s first evidence session last month, MPs heard that while Scotland makes up 8.2% of the UK population, it is home to 11.4% of the UK’s researchers, and therefore its research capability “punches well above its weight.”
In the next public hearing, the cross-party group of MPs are likely to discuss the stability of research funding, how well UK Research and Innovation understands the sector, and the opportunities for greater collaboration with the private sector.
This will be followed by evidence from representatives of Scottish universities. Committee members are likely to ask if UK Government research strategies, such as the Science and Technology Framework published earlier this year, adequately address Scotland’s needs.
Questions are also likely on whether research institutions benefit from funding received through the UK and Scottish Governments’ City Region Deals.