Published on 3rd November 2015, the Department for Education and Ofqual issue two consultations on the reform of subject content and the assessment for new GCSEs and A levels which will be taught from 2017, including AS and A Level Politics. The continued inclusion of Global Politics is key to students continuing on to further their International Studies knowledge at degree level. The reform of subject content is part of the wider reform currently being undertaken for GCSEs and A level subjects.
UK Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing inquiry.
BISA congratulates the University of Surrey's Department of Politics on the very welcome news that its future has been secured. The Department will continue to exist as a discrete unit, with a staff of ten, and there will be no compulsory redundancies. All of its undergraduate and postgraduate provision will remain intact. BISA extends its good wishes and full support to the Department in the next phase of its development.
Professor Nicola Phillips, University of Sheffield, BISA Chair
A new report "The Business of People: The Significance of Social Science over the Next Decade" by the Campaign for Social Science was launched on the 24th February, by Rt Hon Greg Clarke MP, Miniter for universities, Science and Cities.
As the UK general election and spending review draw near, this report makes recommendations to politicians and Policy makers in Westminster, Whitehall and in the devolved administrations, as well as funding councils, think tanks, higher education and businesses.
Monographs and Open Access report launched
HEFCE published its report 'Monographs and Open Access' in January 2015, a welcome in-depth study of the impacts of open access publishing on the publication of monographs. The British International Studies Association has been involved in debates regarding the adoption of open access models of publishing and their impact on academic research. The Association welcomes this detailed analysis of the implications of open access for monographs - a major form of research output in our discipline.
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