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Strategy remains under wraps, writes Alison Goddard.

The science and innovation strategy that will inform annual spending of more than £500 million—which was widely trailed as forming part of last week’s autumn statement and was then supposed to appear yesterday—remains unpublished. It is still on the agenda for this week. The delayed announcement is getting almost as exciting as waiting for the annual grant letter from the government to the funding councils.

Nevertheless some £200 million to boost the numbers of students of science, technology, engineering and mathematics was revealed yesterday by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Some 73 universities and colleges will share the funds for teaching capital projects during 2015-16. The successful bids include new provision for chemistry and physics. About a third of the institutions to receive funds will get the maximum allocation of £5 million.

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