Professor Dame Anne Glover, RSE President comments on Wednesday’s UK Budget Statement:
“The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), as Scotland’s National Academy, has continued to highlight the need for Scotland’s universities, research institutes and businesses to be able to recruit and retain internationally mobile talent to work and study in our academic and industrial organisations. It will be important that the plans for a new points-based visa to attract international talent in science and research take account of the needs and circumstances of Scotland. The RSE looks forward to engaging with the UK Government on the plans for this scheme.
We support the UK Government’s continued commitment to levelling-up opportunity and investment across the UK and we welcome today’s announcement of new polices on this. However, detail on how the Shared Prosperity Fund will operate is required to provide certainty to governments and communities across the UK.
It is very positive that the UK will be able to fully associate with European Research programmes, including Horizon Europe. However, the Budget was a missed opportunity to set out detailed plans for how this will be funded. The RSE calls on the UK Government to provide clarity on this issue as soon as possible.”