Government response to feedback from DSIT’s Call For Evidence

29 March 2024

We welcome the government’s response (27 March 2024) to feedback from the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT)’s Call for Evidence to help develop objectives for the prospective National Academy focussed on the mathematical sciences, and we note their request for feedback on draft requirements for that Academy.


We are delighted to see that the response reports considerable enthusiasm for the government’s ambition to support the establishment of an incipient National Academy focussed on mathematical sciences and also clear endorsement from across the mathematical sciences community for that Academy to have a UK-wide remit and to be representative of the sector across all four nations.

As described in the response, the key themes from the Call for Evidence were: speaking with one voice; ensuring mathematical skills support economic growth and create societal benefits; championing mathematical sciences; the importance of education in mathematical sciences; promoting equality of opportunity at all levels of mathematics.

Requirements

The government has developed, for feedback by 10 April 2024, the following draft set of requirements for the National Academy in order to achieve these objectives:

Short-term Requirements (first three years):

  • Become an established, independent organisation.
  • Put in place the structures and processes required to provide a single, coherent voice for the mathematical sciences community.
  • Publish a strategy setting out a clear vision for the Academy.
  • Provide credible, expert and timely advice on mathematical sciences.
  • Increase public support and engagement in mathematical sciences.

Longer-Term Requirements (after three years):

  • Have an established self-governing fellowship.
  • Leverage private and third sector funding.
  • Work to improve and develop mathematical skills across the UK.
  • Develop the capabilities and expertise to represent the sector’s views on education.
  • Collaborating internationally.
  • Develop options for programmes that support the objectives set out above.

Next Steps

With the support of our colleagues in the Council for the Mathematical Sciences, the Learned Societies, and other organisations in the field, and drawing on over a year’s hard work by our staff, Executive Committee and Advisory Board, we look forward to engaging with the government’s next steps as outlined in the response, and presenting our case to be the delivery partner for this important initiative.