Engineering the Future for Girls (S3 Girls)

Engineering the Future for Girls

Monday 8 – Friday 12 June 2020                                                  

Please see below leaflet describing Strathclyde University’s 1-week Summer School for S3 girls (entering S4 in June). Engineering the Future for Girls is being delivered in collaboration with BP and BAM Nuttall and is designed to engage girls in a wide range of engineering challenges that will inspire them to become the next generation of engineers. The summer school is fully-funded by BP and BAM Nuttall and all student costs, including a contribution towards travel, will be covered. Strathclyde will accept applications from girls with any range of subject choices at National 5. The summer school is non-residential and therefore pupils should be able to make their way each day to the Strathclyde University Campus in the heart of Glasgow City Centre. Teachers are not required to accompany pupils during the week. For the pupils’ convenience, we have arranged for Mentors to accompany pupils from and to Queen Street train station, Glasgow Central train station and Buchanan Bus Station at the start and end of each day.

Pupils should apply using the online application form available on our website: www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/outreach/engineeringthefutureforgirls

The deadline for applications is Monday 25 November 2019 and pupils will be sent a confirmation email upon receipt of their application. The selection panel will meet in January 2020 and all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by Friday 31 January 2020.

In the application form, pupils are asked to supply the name and contact details for a teacher who can provide a statement in support of their application. Teachers will receive an automated email which will include a designated link to the online application in order to submit their statement. We ask that teacher statements are submitted online by Friday 6 December 2019, in order for the application to be considered.

If you would like any further information on the Summer School, please email: engineeringthefutureforgirls@strath.ac.uk

 

Nuffield Research Placements

I am happy to announce that the Online Application System for Nuffield Research Placements 2020 has now opened.

The Nuffield Research Placement Scheme is aimed at the current 5th year pupils who will be sitting their Highers in 2020 and who are studying any Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths (STEM) and Social Science/Humanities subjects at that level. The placements help increase confidence and improve key skills including practical, communication, report-writing and presentation skills. Placements also provide students with excellent experiences & skills to include on CV’s and personal statements. By working with professional scientists and engineers in a real-life environment, the students gain an invaluable insight into a wide variety of careers. This is a wonderful opportunity for your students and we hope you will promote the scheme to them.

The Nuffield Foundation are aiming to widen access, focusing on economic and social deprivation, and have found that students who come from lower income families, or whose parents have not attended higher education, benefit most from the scheme. In light of this the scheme is now only open to these students (and priorities are placed on students eligible for the bursary). This means our charitable funding is targeted where it will have the greatest benefit. It also means that we will have fewer unsuccessful applicants.

In your school only those eligible for the bursary should apply – schools are categorised using the number of students on the school role receiving Free School Meals as an indicator, your school is termed either a Category 1 or Category 2 school (fewer numbers of FSMs). In Categories 1&2 there are fewer allocated spaces across Scotland and so only bursary students will be considered for placement. Schools can move in and out of the categories each year and so it may be in the future this changes.

Before encouraging your students to apply, please read the following eligibility criteria carefully as these are different to previous years.

To be eligible to apply for a Nuffield Research Placement, students must:

  • Be over 16 years old
  • Be in full-time state-funded education in the UK
  • Have at least 5 National 5 / GCSEs (or equivalent) at Level B / 6 or above, including maths, a science subject and English (or another humanities subject)
  • Be studying one or more Scottish Higher, A-level (or equivalent) in science, technology, engineering, economics, geography, psychology, computing, statistics or maths
  • Be able to spend several weeks (4-6) of their summer holiday working on a research project

Students must also meet at least ONE of the following bursary criteria:

 Come from a family with a combined household income of below £30,000 a year

  • Be entitled to free schools meals, either now or at any time in the last six years.
  • Be living, or have lived in, local authority care

Summary of the process:

  • Students apply by completing an online application which can be accessed on the Nuffield Research Placement webpage at https://www.nuffieldresearchplacements.org/ The application has various sections – personal details, education, personal statement, teacher reference, parent consent, bursary application.
  • When registering, students insert an email address of the teacher who is to provide them with a reference. The system automatically initiates an email to that teacher to allow them to add reference.
  • After the closing date (February 25th 2020) applications will be scored, matched to placement projects available/suitable (where possible) and the appropriate applications will be forwarded to various supervisors for their consideration.
  • If a student and/or teacher has contact details of anyone in local industries/organisations who could offer a placement project, they can include the details on their application, we can then follow this up to check suitability.
  • If successful matched and accepted to a project by the supervisor, the student is then offered the project.
  • Placements normally take place at the end of June, July or early August.  The student will normally be working Mon-Fri (9am-5pm) for 4, 5 or 6 weeks. Students should therefore be made aware that is quite a big commitment.
  • All students will receive reasonable travel costs to and from their placement. Students who are eligible for bursary will receive an additional £100 per week of placement.
  • Successful students are required to submit a report at the end of their placement and are also invited to display their work in poster format at a celebration event in Edinburgh, taking place at the end of August / early September.

PLEASE note – there are a limited number of placements available and as such an application does NOT guarantee a Nuffield placement.

I hope this is of some help to you and that you do encourage some of your students to apply. If you would like a visit to the school to meet with you and any interested pupils, do just let me know.

More information on the Nuffield Research Placements scheme can be found at http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/nuffield-research-placements

 

On behalf of Professor Andy Baker and the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, you are warmly invited to attend Professor Baker’s forthcoming inaugural lecture.

 Professor Andy Baker

Head of Centre for Cardiovascular Science, Gustav Born Chair of Vascular Biology

 TITLE:    From Scouse to Mouse: Vascular injury and repair – a research journey

DATE:    Monday 18 November, 2019

VENUE: Shirley Hall, Chancellor’s Building, Edinburgh EH16 4SB

TIME:     5.30pm

 And afterwards for refreshments in the Sophia Jex Blake suite.

 We would be very grateful if you could confirm your attendance via Eventbrite as we expect this lecture to be busy.

 We very much hope that you are able to join us.

 

School Photos – Monday 4 November (S1-3 only) – S6 will be taken on Monday 2 December

Please find below times for pupils photos taking place on Monday 4th November.

1Go1 8.45am

1Go2 8.55am

1Gr1 9.05am

1Gr2 9.15am

1Gr3 9.30am

1Se1 9.40am

1Se2 9.50am

3Go1  10.00

3Go2 10.10am

3Gr1 10.20am

3Gr2 10.30am

3Se1 11am

3Se2 11.10

As the photographer has to be away by 11.30am it could be possible that we might not get through 3rd year. In this case the missed classes will be postponed until Monday 2 December when S6, S6 friendship Groups & Sports Teams will be taken. Thanks

S1-S3 Vet Medicine Information Evening – Wednesday 27th November 2019

S1-S3 Vet Medicine Information Evening – Wednesday 27th November 2019

Vet Medicine Information Evening is aimed at S1-S3 pupils and their parents/guardians and will take place on Wednesday 27th November from 19:00 – 20:30 at the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at Easter Bush, Midlothian.

The event aims to give pupils and their guests an idea of what it involves being a vet and a vet student as well as what it takes to become a vet. By the end of the session, pupils and their parents/guardians should be able to:

  • Identify some of the variety of areas vets can work in once qualified
  • Discuss some of the main roles/tasks carried out by vets
  • Discuss the some of the main aspects of a vet medicine degree & student life
  • List all the universities in the UK that currently offer Vet Medicine degrees
  • List the main subjects pupils need to take when they get to S4, S5 and S6
  • Discuss some of the basics of the application & selection process for Vet Medicine

This is an exciting new event we are running for the first time this year. We hope as many pupils as possible will benefit from finding out more about what it takes to become a vet at this early stage in school and help prepare them for what will be require in their later years in school should they want to pursue a career as a vet.

Pupils and their parents can get more information and sign up at the following link: https://vet-info-evening.eventbrite.co.uk

For those of you who use social media, we also have a tweet you can re-tweet using the following link: twitter.com/UniofEdWPteam/status/1184835823302254597         

Scotland’s Rural College November Open Day

Scotland’s Rural College is holding an Open Afternoon on 13th November at the King’s Buildings campus in Edinburgh from 2pm – 4.30pm.

If you are interested to find out more about university courses in subjects such as Environmental Resource Management, Animal Science, Business, Agriculture, Horticulture and Garden Design, please book via the website – www.sruc.ac.uk/edinburghopendays.

Biology prelims

The Biology prelims will take place:

First set: 11-18 November

Biology: Year two of 2 year National 5, Year two of 2 year Higher

Second set: 20-31 January

Biology: National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher

 

Young WEIR-WISE:  Discovering Engineering with S2 Girls

Young WEIR-WISE:  Discovering Engineering with S2 Girls

20 – 21 January 2020 and 23 – 24 January 2020

Applications Now Open!

Following the success of the Young WEIR-WISE: Discovering Engineering with S2 Girls outreach programme which saw 100 S2 girls take part in a variety of Engineering challenges here at the University of Strathclyde in January 2019, I am delighted to inform you that the programme will be running again in January 2020.

The programme is again being delivered in collaboration with the Weir Group – one of Scotland’s oldest and best-known global engineering companies, with a current workforce of 14,000. Following a successful first year in 2018, the programme was expanded for 2019 to run twice, giving 100 girls the opportunity to take part and we are delighted to be able to run the programme twice in 2020. 50 girls will be invited to attend from 20-21 January 2020 and a second group of 50 girls will be invited to attend from 23-24 January 2020. The information leaflet below provides further information on the 2-day programme.

The programme is fully-funded by the Weir Group and all student costs, including a contribution towards travel costs, will be covered. The programme is non-residential and therefore pupils should be able to make their way each day to the Strathclyde University Campus in the heart of Glasgow City Centre. Teachers are not required to accompany pupils.  For the pupils’ convenience, we will arrange for Mentors to accompany pupils from and to Queen Street train station, Glasgow Central train station and Buchanan Bus Station at the start and end of each day.

Pupils should apply using the online application form available at the website as detailed in the attached leaflet. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 30 October 2019 and pupils will be sent a confirmation email upon receipt of their application. The selection panel will meet early in November and all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application on Friday 15 November 2019. In the application form, pupils are asked to supply the name and contact details for a teacher who can provide a statement in support of their application. Teachers will receive an automated email which will include a designated link to the online application in order to submit their statement. We ask that teacher statements are submitted online by Wednesday 6 November 2019, in order for the application to be considered. Successful applicants will be informed as to which of the dates they have been allocated to attend (either 20-21 January OR 23-24 January 2020). Please note that applicants will be allocated to a specific date by the Young WEIR-WISE organizing committee and this date will be final – changes cannot be made following the allocation.

If you would like any further information on the programme, please contact us by email at

eng-weir-wise@strath.ac.uk

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