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    Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan MP launches Higher Education Commission's international higher education recommendations

    The Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Chair of the Treasury Select Committee and former Education Minister, launched the Higher Education Commission's latest policy report.

    The report sets out 12-point plan welcoming Ministers’ recent commitments to international students and reviewing visa restrictions. Ms Morgan stressed the importance of sending a welcoming message to international students, highlighting recommendations that call for the UK to set a target for international student growth from the Commission’s report as key.

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    Collaborating with the V&A Research Institute: 'Make and Create' - Design and Innovation in Practice Based Research

    The APDIG & VARI brought parliamentarians together for a day of discussions with leading figures from the creative industries and academia, including Tristram Hunt, to discuss the work of the V&A Research Institute.

    The VARI aims to take the V&A's pioneering research culture into a new phase that allows the Museum to experiment with new ways of studying, displaying and accessibly storing its collections. VARI will give better access to the V&A's objects and join its experts with academic scholars, practicing designers and makers and members of the general public.

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    Carbon Connect launches The Production of Low Carbon Gas: Future Gas Series Part 2

    Carbon Connect suggests that biogases provide low regrets opportunities in the near term to provide low carbon heat and could also potentially make use of waste that would otherwise go to landfill.

    However, they require further support to allow them to continue contributing to decarbonising the UK economy. Hydrogen has applications across the energy system, from putting hydrogen in the gas grid to be burnt for heat in homes, to hydrogen buses and trains. However, to realise this potential, a market for hydrogen must be built up. Biogases could already replace many natural gas applications across the energy system.

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    Homes at risk to floods and water shortages if housing and water planning rules are not urgently reformed

    A cross-party inquiry, published by Policy Connect and the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum on 19th June, warns that government needs to urgently implement a brand new ‘Bricks and Water’ Sustainability Code for all homes being built.

    As the government advances on its target to build 1.5 million new homes by 2022, properties are at risk flooding and water shortages.

    The Westminster Sustainable Business Forum (WSBF) is warning that government must rethink its approach to the housebuilding agenda to include flooding and drought risks in people’s homes.

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    Policy Connect and UK Research & Innovation join forces to launch Zero Plastic Waste policy initiative

    This project will feature a series of parliamentary meetings examining how to achieve the vision of Zero Plastic Waste and how the UK can become the global leader on this issue.

    The parliamentary meetings will inform a final publication that aims to disseminate the evidence collected and provide a framework and recommendations for policy-makers and industry.

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