Policy for science

Education policy

Physiology education is one of our key policy priorities, and we aim to both promote it and inform it at all levels. We collaborate extensively with the Royal Society of Biology’s Education Policy Advisory group, and run our own schemes rewarding higher education teaching and promoting best practise in physiology education. Read more about our education policy work.

EU Referendum

The recent vote to leave the European Union will have significant effects on the science sector, some of which are already being felt. The Society released a statement after the announcement of the result. The future policy work of The Society will aim to protect physiology research in the new regulatory regime, ensuring access to funding and the success of international collaboration.

It is important for us to understand and represent the views of the physiology community regarding Brexit, so a survey of our membership was conducted on this topic. As expected, a large majority of our eligible Members had voted to Remain. Visit our Brexit survey page to see the results and the areas of key importance which were highlighted by the survey.

Changes to Research Structure

The Government has announced that the recommendations of Sir Paul Nurse from his review of the Research Councils will be taken forward. These are to be enacted in the Higher Education and Research Bill, which is currently before Parliament. An overseeing body, UK Research and Innovation, is being created, which will control the Research Councils and Innovate UK. The Society has responded to consultations throughout the planning of these measures and will continue to work with government to ensure the changes bring about an effective, well-regulated research environment in the UK.