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Open consultations

The Society invites and collates views from members, who work across the biological professions, in order to respond to open consultations. We seek to achieve a consensus of opinion and present a unified voice for the bioscience community.

The consultations we are currently in the process of formulating a response to are outlined below:

A new UK research funding agency
The Government has declared it intends to create a new agency to be “broadly modelled” on the US ARPA, which will provide long term funding to support visionary high-risk, high-pay off scientific, engineering, and technology ideas. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee will inquire formally into the nature and purpose of this new UK research funding agency and invites written submissions. The RSB response to this consultation is currently in draft. Please contact for more information and if you would like to contribute.
Closes: 30 June 2020

Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education consultation on outline T level content
The IfATE are now consulting on draft outline content for T Levels in Agriculture Land Management and Production, and Animal Care and Management. The RSB has input into the panel for these routes, and is considering whether it is possible to respond to the consultation in the given time frame.
Closes 13 July 2020

Ofqual consultation on exams in 2021
The Royal Society of Biology is drafting a response to Ofqual's proposals for adaptations to exams and assessment 2021, recognising the ongoing disruptions due to COVID-19. Please email us to contribute your views on this matter as soon as possible, due to the tight deadline.
Closes 19 July 2020

OCR Natural History Consultation 2020
The Royal Society of Biology is drafting a response to OCR's proposals for a new Natural History GCSE. We will be seeking views from our committees, groups and members, please email us for further information.
Closes 19 July 2020

Education Select Committee inquiry
The Royal Society of Biology has submitted written evidence to the Committee on how the outbreak of COVID-19 is affecting all aspects of the education sector. The Society's education policy team will continue to engage with our community, government, regulating bodies, education providers and awarding organisations on a wide range of issues faced due to COVID-19 disruptions. Please email us if you feel further evidence can be provided to support our submission or future discussions.
Closes 21 July 2020


If you would like to draw our attention to other relevant consultations, please email us.

Royal Society of Biology consultation responses which have been submitted recently can be found on our consultation responses page. We also maintain an archive of Royal Society of Biology consultation responses as a longer term record of our previous outputs.


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