National Academy for Mathematical Science consultation

The RSE welcomes the opportunity to respond to the UK Government’s consultation to establish a National Academy for Mathematical Sciences.

The Department for Science, Innovation, and Technology aims to position the UK as a “maths superpower”, aspiring for the nation to excel in cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence and quantum computing.

In the open letter to the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, Professor Sir John Ball said: “We believe that such an establishment would be valuable for the mathematical community and wider society. Therefore, we strongly support the initiative.”

SUMMARY

  • The RSE strongly supports the UK government’s creation of a National Academy for Mathematical Sciences, believing it would benefit the mathematical community and broader society.
  • The RSE stressed the importance of representing all UK nations within the academy.
  • The RSE highlights the importance of providing high-quality advice to policymakers and representing perspectives across the UK, particularly regarding devolved competencies.
  • While acknowledging the importance of economic growth, the RSE cautions against overemphasising it and highlights the value of pursuing mathematics for its intrinsic benefits.
  • The RSE advocates for the academy to play a role in addressing negative perceptions of mathematics, supporting teacher training, and promoting mathematics education tailored to modern needs.
  • Initial years should focus on establishing operational and governance structures, defining criteria for the Fellowship, and developing engagement strategies with the Fellowship.
  • Rather than competing, the academy should collaborate with existing mathematical academies and grassroots organisations and draw upon their expertise.

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Contact

If you have any enquiries about this policy advice paper or if you wish to engage with the RSE, contact Stephanie Webb, Policy Advice Officer ([email protected]).