Our impact

Below is a list of consultation responses The Physiological Society has made, either independently or in collaboration with other organisations:

March 2017

The Second Research Excellence Framework

The society responded to a HEFCE consultation on changes to the REF for its next exercise in 2021. Read our response here.

July 2016
Professor Sir Adrian Smith review of post-16 mathematics provision in England

The Society submitted a response to Professor Sir Adrian Smith's review of post-16 mathematics provision in England, which looked at the case and feasibility for more or all students continuing to study mathematics to 18. The Society's response can be found here.

February 2016
Innovate UK's integration with Research UK

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills consulted on the integration of Innovate UK, the government's innovation agency, into Research UK, the overarching body responsible for government-funded research proposed by Sir Paul Nurse in his review of the Research Councils. The response submitted by The Society can be viewed here.

December 2015
Independent Commission on Freedom of Information

The Cabinet Office is sponsoring an Independent Commission on updating the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The Physiological Society submitted evidence with respect to the working of freedom of information legislation where the use of animals in research is concerned. Our evidence can be viewed here.

June 2014
Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act - Home Office consultation

The Home Office launhced a consultation on reform of Section 24 of ASPA. The Physiologcial Society responded through the UK Bioscience Sector Coallition, the response can be found here. The Society also submitted a supplementary reponse with the British Pharmacological Society, which can be viewed here.

September 2013
Women in STEM careers - Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry

The House of Commons Science and Technology select committee launched an inquiry "women in scientific careers", The Physiological Society submitted a response, which can be found here.

May 2013
Research funding - BIS call for views

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills requested views on the key priorities for the science and research base, ahead of the Government's forthcoming spending review. The Physiological Society submitted a response, which can be found here.

March 2013
Open access - HEFCE call for views

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) requested initial views on their open access policy ahead of a full consultation which will take place later this year, The Physiological Society submitted a response, which can be found here.

February 2013
Open access - Select Committee inquiry

The House of Commons Business Innovation and Skill select committee launched an inquiry into the Government's Open Access policy, The Physiological Society submitted a response, which can be found here.

September 2012
Institute for Public Policy Research call for evidence on the future of higher education in England

The Institute for Public Policy Research think tank launched a call for evidence on the future of higher education in England, The Physiological Society fed into the response submitted by the Society of Biology, the response can be found here.

June 2012
Sport and exercise science and medicine: building on the Olympic legacy to improve the nations health

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee launched a short inquiry on Sports and Exercise Science and Medicine. The Physiological Society responded to this, and our response can be found here.

The Committee published their report on the 18th July, and can be found here, containing a substantial number of references to The Physiological Society response.

May 2012
HEFCE consultation on teaching funding and student number controls for 2013/14 and beyond

HEFCE launched a consultation looking for views on changes to student number controls and teaching funding in higher education from 2013 - 2014. Further information about this consultation can be found on the HEFCE website. The Physiological Society responded to this through the Society of Biology. 

March 2012
Postgraduate education  

The Society sought Member input into the Higher Education Commission's inquiry into post-graduate education. 

Vision for science and mathematics education 5 -19

Following a call for evidence to our Members, The Physiological Society fed into the response submitted by the Society of Biology to the Royal Society oproject entitled 'Vision for science and mathematics education 5 -19'. 

February 2012
Bridging the "valley of death": improving the commercialisation of research 

The difficulty and problems facing translation of research into commercial application is a recurring topic of discussion. In the context of the recently published Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth (pdf) document, focussing on how the Government will work with both academia and the private sector to ensure private sector growth, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee initiated a consultation on the commercialisation of research. The Physiological Society responded to this through the Society of Biology, and the joint response can be found on the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee website.

January 2012
UCAS Admissions Process Review

Working with the Society of Biology, The Physiological Society responded to the UCAS Admissions Process Review.

December 2011
Higher Education in STEM Subjects

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee launched an inquiry on Higher Education in STEM subjects, which included a consultation phase. We launched a call for evidence and subsequently produced a response from The Physiological Society. We also fed into the response submitted by the Society of Biology.

In July 2012, The House of Lords published their report. This can be found here

October 2011
Research Excellence Framework (REF)

As part of on-going work on REF, HEFCE launched a consultation on the draft criteria and working methods of the REF 2014 panels. At the end of January 2012, HEFCE produced the final documentation relating to the criteria and working methods of the REF 2014 panels. Our response to the consultation will appear here shortly. 

September 2011
HE White Paper

During the summer of 2011, the Government released a White Paper 'Students at the Heart of the System', proposing a radical reform of the Higher Education Sector. The Physiological Society expressed their views through the Society of Biology in the creation of a joint response submitted by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Physics and Society of Biology.

Expansion of Society of Biology Accreditation Programme

The Society of Biology is currently piloting an accreditation scheme for in vivo and biochemistry degrees. Their consultation is investigating how Member Organisations feel this scheme should be expanded.

Transposition of EU Directive 2010/63

The European Directive 2010/63 on the ‘Protection of Animals in Scientific Experimentation’ will come into force on 1 Jan 2013. The United Kingdom is required to ensure laws are in place covering the provisions of the new EU Directive by 10 November 2012. The Home Office launched a consultation on how this Directive should be transposed into UK law. The Physiological Society’s Policy Committee worked with the UK Bioscience Sector Coalition to produce a response.

In addition, The Society submitted its own response which can be found here.