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Science and mathematics are at the heart of modern life. They are essential to understanding the world and provide the foundations for economic prosperity.

Being educated in science and mathematics enables people to make informed choices about their life and work, empowers them to shape scientific and technological developments, and equips them to prosper in today’s rapidly-changing, knowledge-focused economies.

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  • Response to Higher Education Green Paper

    The Royal Society has responded to the Government’s 2015 green paper on higher education. 

    Read the response

  • Education research

    This programme seeks to grow and harness the transformative power of education research. A research conference on the assessment of experimental science will be held in October 2016.

    Explore the programme

  • Partnership Grants

    Apply for up to £3,000 for your school or college to carry out an investigative STEM project.

    Applications now open

  • Vision

    This project aims to set out a vision for how the UK can develop an inspiring and high performing science and mathematics education system over the next 15—20 years.

    Explore the report

  • Making education your business

    A practical guide to supporting STEM education.

    Download the report

  • Computing education

    The Google and Microsoft funded Royal Society Computing Education Project aims to support schools teaching the new computing curriculum.

    Find out more

  • Doctoral students’ career expectations

    This project explored doctoral students' careers expectations, and how they can be best managed so that students and their supervisors understand the wide range of careers that a PhD can lead to in and outside of science. 

    Read the report

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ACME

The Royal Society hosts and supports the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME), which is the leading advisory body on 5-19 mathematics education in England.

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Teacher resources

Our education resources span all sciences and key stages.

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Fellows working in this area

Professor Tom McLeish

Professor Tom McLeish is a theoretical physicist whose work is renowned for increasing our understanding of the properties of soft matter.

He is Professor of Physics at Durham University and Director of the Durham Centre for Soft Matter, advises on the AHRC Science and Culture programme, and chairs the Royal Society’s Education Committee.

Dame Julia Higgins

Dame Julia Higgins is a polymer scientist and Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Investigator at Imperial College, London.

Working to foster gender equality and diversity amongst scientists, Dame Julia has chaired the Royal Society’s Diversity Committee and Education Committee, the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME), the Athena Project, and many more.