Consultation on Free Bus Travel for under 19’s

As you may be aware, the Scottish Government plan to launch a new national travel concession scheme to provide free bus travel for young people under the age of 19. They anticipate that legislation to underpin the scheme would be required to be laid in Parliament in early 2021 and the scheme would come into effect later in 2021.

For the next six weeks (until Monday 7th December), Transport Scotland are running a consultation in regards to this scheme to gather information on the most appropriate ways to provide this free travel to best suit young people. They are hoping the consultation will reach as many members of the public as possible, especially to those who will be impacted by the proposals, including children and young people, their parents and carers and people who work with children in a paid or voluntary capacity.

The consultation can be found on https://www.transport.gov.scot/consultation/consultation-on-free-bus-travel-for-people-resident-in-scotland-aged-under-19/

More information on the proposed scheme can be found on https://www.transport.gov.scot/news/consulting-on-free-bus-travel-for-young-people-under-19/

Virtual Undergraduate Open Day – Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde

Staff from the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry will be online and ready to answer any queries from 10am-2.30pm on Saturday 14th November.  The live Chemistry presentation will take place at 10.15am-10.35am.

Students can register to attend the event here:

https://www.strath.ac.uk/studywithus/openday/

We are delighted to let you know that the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry has recently been rated Number 1 in Scotland and Number 3 in the UK for Chemistry (Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide).

You can find out more about our 5 undergraduate chemistry courses by visiting our departmental web pages www.strath.ac.uk/chemistry

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter @StrathChem and view many of our informative videos, including a Virtual Open Day Tour on our YouTube Channel ‘Strathclyde Chemistry’.

We would normally have an array of brochures for students to peruse at our on-campus open days.  Here are the links to pdf copies of those brochures that we hope will be of use to you:

MChem Chemistry

MChem Forensic and Analytical Chemistry

MChem Chemistry with Drug Discovery

MChem Chemistry with Teaching

MSc Applied Chemistry with Chemical Engineering

Chemistry Careers Brochure

Chemistry Industrial Placement Brochure

Online Application System for Nuffield Research Placements 2021 opened today (9th Nov)

The Nuffield Research Placement Scheme is aimed at the current 5th year pupils who will be sitting their Highers in 2021 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.

The scheme, now managed by STEM Learning, aims to widen access and priorities are being placed on students eligible for the bursary, this means the charitable funding is targeted where it will have the greatest benefit.

In 2020 although we did not have face-to-face placements we did still offer all students who had successfully applied virtual/online projects with supervisors and complimented these with research skills building modules (62 students in Scotland successfully completed projects). This year we are going for a blended approach and we are hoping to have face-to-face projects where possible (2-3 weeks, possibly staggered over a longer period), or if needed again virtual/online projects only, where government guidance and individual institutions and organisations policies allow or restrict. We will be implementing the research skills modules again and hope to roll these out to all successful applicants, even if they do not receive a project offer, and boost this with other skills opportunities, so most applicants will now benefit.

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 research modules and the research project

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

  • Come from a family with a combined household income of below £30,000 a year
  • Be entitled to free school meals, either now or at any time in the last six years.
  • Be living, or have lived in, local authority care

There is an eligibility tool for students too, in case they wish to find out before applying: https://www.stem.org.uk/nuffield-placement-tool

Summary of the process:

  • Students apply by completing an online application:  https://www.nuffieldresearchplacements.org/
  • When registering, students insert an email address of the teacher who is to provide them with a reference. The system automatically generates an email to that teacher to allow them to add reference.
  • After the closing date, (March 31st 2021) 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 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. Project students who are eligible for bursary will receive an additional £200 per placement.
  • Successful students are required to submit a report at the end of their placement and are invited to a celebration event (either in-person or virtual, depending on government guidance and restrictions).

PLEASE NOTE – an application does NOT guarantee a Nuffield placement, however all applications are treated fairly and considered.

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

 

East Lothian Youth Theatre

Dear Parent/Carer,

We have been monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus situation and how it has impacted on our youth theatre & move it classes. At the beginning of March all classes were postponed and we have been working extremely hard during these difficult times to provide a solution for delivery.

As many council venues remain closed and restrictions on face to face teaching, we have taken the decision to break into the online world and developed an online Arts Programme which will be delivered over Zoom, an online video-conferencing platform.

Our Youth Theatre, Move It, Dramarama and seated exercise classes will all be offered online from the beginning of November and run for 7 weeks. All classes are led by experienced and qualified drama and dance professionals who work as freelance performance artists and have a wealth of knowledge and talent.

Classes are being offered for a very low fee of £5 for a 7 week block, plus an additional £1.50 booking fee, thanks to funding which the Brunton has secured through Creative Scotland.

We know how important it is to stay connect right now and we would love to keep our amazing community of young drama and dance students together at this time.

Booking is now open and can be accessed using the link below, this will be exclusive to members until Sunday 25th October. From Monday 26th October booking will open to the general public and close on Saturday 31st October for everyone. We are anticipating high demand for these classes and would suggest booking as soon as possible to avoid missing out as spaces are limited. *Please note class times may have change, please check this before booking.

https://www.thebrunton.co.uk/en-GB/categories/online%20classes

 

Online booking is limited to two children, if you require booking for a third child please contact the box office on 0131 653 5245 10am – 3pm Monday to Saturday.

 I am aware cyber security may be an issue for some, therefore I have attached a list of security measures we will be putting in place to ensure the safety of all who are participating in our online sessions.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Development Officer of Dance and Drama: youththeatre@eastlothian.gov.uk moveit@eastlothian.gov.uk

I look forward to seeing you all very soon.

*Should we not reach sufficient numbers to run the class, we will look to facilitate your booking within another one of our online sessions.

Best wishes,

East Lothian Youth Theatre

 

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