Policy statements and consultation responses

The IOP aims to respond quickly and effectively to consultations and to supply evidence-based advice and in-depth analysis of physics policy to governments and other agencies.

Below is a list of policy statements and consultation responses published by the IOP. For responses or statements from before 2012 please contact policy@iop.org

All policy statements and positions are agreed by the Council of the Institute.

November 2016Learned Societies Group on STEM education in Scotland further letter on draft Benchmarks for Assessments in the SciencesEducation Scotland
 Institute of Physics response to the consultation on draft criteria for the accreditation of Initial Teacher Education programmes in Wales and the proposal for the Education Workforce Council to accredit initial teacher educationWelsh Government
October 2016Institute of Physics response to the consultation on opportunities and challenges for teachers, researchers and policy-makers in educational researchRoyal Society and British Academy
 Learned Societies Group on STEM education in Scotland letter on draft Benchmarks for Assessments in the SciencesEducation Scotland
 Institute of Physics submission to the inquiry on role and priorities of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) interim chairHouse of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee
September 2016Institute of Physics submission to call for evidence on Scotland's relationship with the EUScottish Parliament European and External Relations Committee
 Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME), Association for Science Education (ASE), Institute of Physics, Royal Society, Royal Society of Biology, Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Society of Edinburgh response to call for evidence to inform Partial review of the Shortage Occupation List: TeachersMigration Advisory Committee
 Institute of Physics submission to the Higher Education and Research Bill Public Bill CommitteePublic Bill Committee
August 2016Institute of Physics response to the STEM Guidance Development Plan 2016-2020 ConsultationWelsh Government
July 2016Institute of Physics in Ireland response to the Northern Ireland Draft Programme of GovernmentNorthern Ireland Executive
 Institute of Physics response to Smith Review of post-16 mathematics in EnglandDepartment for Education
 Institute of Physics response to the technical consultation on the Teaching Excellence FrameworkDepartment for Business, Innovation and Skills
June 2016Institute of Physics response to the inquiry into leaving the EU: implications and opportunities for science and research (short response)House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee
 Institute of Physics in Ireland response to the consultation on the Statement of Strategy 2016-2018Department of Education and Skills, Ireland
May 2016Institute of Physics response to the science communication inquiryHouse of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee
 Institute of Physics response to the consultation on support for postgraduate study and part-time engineering, technology or computer science degreesWelsh Government
 Statement: the Institute of Physics and the EU referendumThe Institute of Physics
 Institute of Physics response to the energy revolution inquiryHouse of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee
April 2016The impact of EU membership on UK physics 
 Association for Science Education, Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Biology, Royal Society of Chemistry and The Royal Society letter on inter-subject comparabilityOfqual
 Institute of Physics response to the inquiry on grapheneHouse of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee
March 2016Learned Societies Group on Scottish Science Education response to the review of improvements to national qualifications and assessmentScottish Government
 Institute of Physics response to review of the Research Excellence FrameworkDepartment for Business, Innovation and Skills
February 2016Institute of Physics response to the inquiry on satellites and spaceHouse of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee
January 2016Institute of Physics' response to the consultation on higher education: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice (HE Green Paper)Department for Business Education and Skills
 Association for Science Education, Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Biology, Royal Society of Chemistry and The Royal Society response to the consultation on implementing the English BaccalaureateDepartment for Education
December 2015Institute of Physics’ response to the consultation on the influence of EU membership on UK scienceHouse of Lords Science and Technology Committee
 The Learned Societies' Group on Scottish Science Education response to the consultation on presenting data in graphs, charts and tables in science subjectsSQA
November 2015The Learned Societies’ Group on Scottish Science Education response to the National Improvement Framework for Scottish EducationScottish Government
 Institute of Physics in Ireland’s response to the consultation on the National Skills Strategy in IrelandDepartment of Education and Skills, Ireland
 Association for Science Education, Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Biology, Royal Society of Chemistry and The Royal Society response to the consultation on the supply of teachersHouse of Commons Education Select Committee
October 2015Association for Science Education, Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Biology, Royal Society of Chemistry and The Royal Society response to the consultation on a teachers’ professional development standardDepartment for Education
September 2015Institute of Physics' submission to the Spending Review 2015HM Treasury
 Institute of Physics' response to the Science Budget inquiryHouse of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee
 STEMM Disability Advisory Committee response to the consultation on targeting funding for disabled students in higher education from 2016/17 onwardsDepartment for Business Education and Skills
 Institute of Physics’ response to the consultation on a review of quality assessmentHEFCE
August 2015Learned Societies' Group on Scottish Science Education’s response to the consultation on the work and outcomes of the SQAScottish Parliament Education and Culture Committee
July 2015Institute of Physics and 23 other organisations’ statement on climate change (Climate Communiqué) 
 Institute of Physics’ letter on conditions and guidance in AS and A Level science (Biology, Chemistry and PhysicsOfqual
May 2015SCORE response to the consultation on GCSE reform: regulations for scienceOfqual
 Institute of Physics' response to the call for evidence on Support for Postgraduate StudyDepartment for Business, Innovation and Skills
April 2015Institute of Physics' letter in response to the consultation on initial teacher education of teachers of mathematics at primary and secondary levelACME
 Institute of Physics' response to the Nurse Review of Research CouncilsIndependent
 Institute of Physics’ Wales letter in response to the Successful Futures report and the Great DebateWelsh Government
March 2015Institute of Physics' response to the Dowling Review of university-business collaborationIndependent
 Institute of Physics Ireland's response to consultation on the Successor to the Strategy for Science, Technology and InnovationDepartment of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Ireland)
February 2015SCORE response to the consultation on developing the teaching profession to a world-class standardDepartment for Education
 SCORE response to the consultation on the Assessment of Practical Work in GCSE ScienceOfqual
 SCORE letter in response to the publication of the Carter Review of initial teacher trainingIndependent
 Institute of Physics' response to the consultation on the future of quality assessment in higher educationHEFCE
December 2014SCORE response to consultation on performance descriptors for KS1 and KS2 assessmentDepartment for Education
 Institute of Physics Ireland's response to the Northern Ireland draft budgetNorthern Irish Executive
November 2014Institute of Physics' response to the call for evidence on Team ScienceAcademy of Medical Sciences
 Institute of Physics' response to the consultation on changes to GCSE science in WalesWelsh Government
September 2014SCORE response to the consultation on Initial Teacher Training in EnglandDepartment for Education
June 2014Institute of Physics' response to an independent review of the role of metrics in research assessmentIndependent
May 2014Institute of Physics' response to the STFC Programmatic Review 2013STFC
January 2014SCORE response to the consultation on proposed A-level regulatory requirementsOfqual
December 2013SCORE response to the consultation on proposed GCE AS and A Level Subject Content for Biology, Chemistry, Physics and PsychologyDepartment for Education
November 2013SCORE response to the consultation on accountability for organisations teaching to 16- to 19-year-oldsDepartment for Education
October 2013Institute of Physics' response to the consultation on open access in the post-2014 Research Excellence FrameworkHEFCE
September 2013Institute of Physics' response to the consultation on women in STEMHouse of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee
August 2013Institute of Physics' response to review of UK and EU balance of competences: research and developmentDepartment of Business, Innovation and Skills
 Briefing – Physics and: teacher support 
June 2013SCORE response to consultation on Pre-ITT Subject Knowledge Enhancement – proposal for 2013/14 and beyond SKENational college of Teaching and Leadership
 Institute of Physics' response to a call for evidence on science infrastructureHouse of Lords Science and Technology Committee
 Institute of Physics' response to the inquiry into the implications of Scottish independence for business, higher education and researchHouse of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee
May 2013Institute of Physics' response to consultation on implications for Science and Engineering in Scotland in the Independence DebateScottish Science Advisory Council
 Institute of Physics' response to call for input on strategic priorities for science and research fundingDepartment for Business, Innovation and Skills
 Institute of Physics' response to the consultation on entry requirements for initial teacher trainingGeneral Teaching Council for Scotland
 Briefing – Physics and: development 
April 2013Institute of Physics' response to the review of EPSRC’s strategic advisory routesIndependent
 Institute of Physics' submission to the consultation on the work of the UK and European space agenciesHouse of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee
 SCORE response to the consultation on the draft National Curriculum for scienceDepartment for Education
March 2013Institute of Physics' response to the call for evidence to inform the UK higher education funding bodies’ policy on open access and submissions to the REF post-2014HEFCE
 Institute of Physics' response to the revised policy and guidance on open accessRCUK
February 2013Institute of Physics' response to the Triennial Review of the Research CouncilsDepartment for Business, Innovation and Skills
 Institute of Physics' response to the inquiry into open accessHouse of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee
January 2013Institute of Physics' response to the call for views on Ofsted’s annual reportHouse of Commons Education Committee
 Institute of Physics' response to the discussion paper on Team ScienceAcademy of Medical Sciences
 Institute of Physics' response to the inquiry into open accessHouse of Lords Science and Technology Committee
 Institute of Physics' response to the request for inquiry topics recommendationsHouse of Lords Science and Technology Committee
 Institute of Physics Ireland's response to the review of GCSE and GCE QualificationsCouncil for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment
 Institute of Physics in Scotland's response to the consultation on professional learning communitiesSTEMEC
December 2012Institute of Physics' response to the consultation on the future direction of the European Metrology Research Programme under Horizon 2020European Commission
 Institute of Physics' response to Evidence to the Women in the Workplace InquiryBusiness Innovation and Skills Select Committee
 Institute of Physics' response to the consultation on reforming Key Stage 4 qualificationsDepartment for Education
 Briefing – Physics and: diversity profiles 
October 2012Institute of Physics' response to the consultation on the HEFCW Corporate Strategy 2013-16HEFCW
September 2012Institute of Physics' response to the consultation on the Future of Higher EducationIPPR
 Institute of Physics Ireland's response to the consultation on the SFI’s strategy agenda 2020 and operational plan for 2013Science Foundation Ireland
 Institute of Physics' response to the inquiry on SME ExportsHouse of Lords Select Committee on SME Exports
 SCORE response to the consultation on A-level reformOfqual
 Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Chemistry and Royal Society of Biology response to the review of qualifications for 14 to 19 year oldsWelsh Government
August 2012Institute of Physics Wales' response to the consultation on requirements for the provision of initial teacher training courses in Wales – literacy and numeracy issuesDepartment for Education and Skills
July 2012Institute of Physics' response to the consultation on a risk-based approach to quality assuranceHEFCE
 Institute of Physics Wales' response to the consultation on the development of an Innovation Strategy for WalesWelsh Government
 Institute of Physics' response to the inquiry into ‘Building new nuclear: the challenges ahead’House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee
June 2012Briefing – Physics and: the 2012 games 
May 2012Institute of Physics' response to the consultation on arrangements for 2013-14 and beyond for student number controls and teaching fundingHEFCE
 Institute of Physics' response to the draft concordat to support research integrityUniversities UK
 Institute of Physics' response to the consultation for a capital investment roadmapRCUK
April 2012Institute of Physics' response to the Proposed Policy on Access to Research OutputsRCUK
 Institute of Physics' response to the consultation on sources of sustainable prosperity and jobsLiberal Democrat policy unit
 Institute of Physics' response to the consultation on the Welsh Language SchemeRCUK
March 2012Institute of Physics' response to the review into postgraduate educationHigher Education Commission
 Institute of Physics' response to call for views on the Vision for science and mathematics education 5 – 19 projectRoyal Society
 Briefing – Physics and: the 2012 games 
February 2012Institute of Physics' response to the inquiry on Bridging the “valley of death”: improving the commercialisation of researchHouse of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee
 Institute of Physics' response to the inquiry on science and international developmentHouse of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee
January 2012Institute of Physics in Wales' response to the consultation on the revised employment-based Teacher Training SchemeWelsh Government
 Institute of Physics' response to the review of the admissions processUCAS
 SCORE response to the consultation on the framework for the inspection of initial teacher education 2012Ofsted