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Robert Gordon University Newsletter

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OCTOBER 30th
NOVEMBER 20th

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Don’t forget our upcoming virtual events:

We’re hosting a variety of events in the coming months for senior phase pupils with a focus on specific subject areas. These interactive events are free to attend and your pupils can sign up using the links below and join us on our Zoom platform:

There will be an opportunity for students to learn more about the course, hear from various student and alumni panels and have their questions answered on the night.

Spotlight on Business and Management – 26th October (4:30pm-6:00pm)

Spotlight on Accounting and Finance – 27th October (4:30pm-6:00pm)

Spotlight on Law – 28th October (4:30pm-6:00pm)

Spotlight on Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management – 1st November (4:30pm-6:00pm)

Spotlight on Tourism, Hospitality & Events – 2nd November (4:30pm-6:00pm)

Spotlight on Digital Marketing and Business Analytics – 3rd November (4:30pm-6:00pm)

Spotlight on Fashion Management – 4th November (4:30pm-6:00pm)

Spotlight on Portfolio and Design – 9th November (4:30pm-6:00pm)

Spotlight on Portfolios and Fine Art – 10th November (4:30pm-6:00pm)

Spotlight on Sport – 11th November (4:30pm-6:00pm)

Spotlight on Media – 11th November (4:30pm-6:00pm)

Spotlight on Journalism – 17th November (4:30pm-6:00pm)

Spotlight on Applied Bioscience – 18th November (4:30pm-6:00pm)

Spotlight on Pharmacy – 25th November (4:30pm-6:00pm)

It’s Never Been Easier to Speak to a Current Student – Connect now

More information about all of our future ‘An Insight into…’ events is located here.

Success is right in front of you, you just need to take your chance and go for it! 

For the first time in two years we are having On Campus Open Day’s and we couldn’t be more excited.

The Forensic and Analytical Science degree at RGU provides students with key problem solving skills to progress in an exciting and fascinating forensic or analytical science career as well as.

Find out more

The Law School is working in partnership with
@UNHouseScotland
to provide the technological hosting for the From Paris to COP26 events, which aim to engage with all sectors in anticipation of the Glasgow COP26 .

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University of Edinburgh Upcoming Events

Monday 1 November

Scar Wars: from padawan to professor

 

Inaugural lecture of Professor Jonathan Fallowfield, Chair of Translational Liver Research.

 

Liver disease is a silent killer and is on the rise. It is now the biggest cause of death in those aged between 35-49 years old. Jonathan will discuss his research career, encompassing studies in patients and in the laboratory, and his search for new treatments, diagnostic tests and preventative strategies for cirrhosis and its complications.

 

5.30-6.30pm

On Zoom

 

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Wednesday 24 November

Research Insights

Our viral future

 

In the first of our Research Insights series for 2021/2022, we’ll be considering if viral pandemics are an inevitable part of our future. Join us to hear from Dr Richard Sloan and Dr Aaron Trent-Irving about the origins of viruses that have shaped our lives and how similarities between them could help scientists pinpoint potential sources of future pandemics.

 

4.30 – 5.15pm

On Zoom

 

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Monday 6 December

Edinburgh Medical Debate 2021

Surviving COVID-19: the future of the NHS

How will the pandemic influence changes in UK healthcare?

The delivery of healthcare has evolved significantly since COVID-19 swept the globe in early 2020, with many services adapting to ensure continuity of care while prioritising only the most urgent of patient needs. As new practices emerge, what impact will they have on the NHS and the society it serves? Join us for a panel discussion about the future of the NHS.

Speakers include Professor Linda Bauld OBE, Bruce and John Usher Chair of Public Health in the University of Edinburgh’s Usher Institute and Chief Social Policy Advisor to the Scottish Government, and Dr Carey Lunan, GP and past Scotland Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

This event will be streamed live online from Assembly Hall, where a limited student audience will be joining our panel.

7.00 – 8.00pm

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Wednesday 8 December

Research Insights

Traveller Genes: genetics and ancestry  

In early 2021, a group of Scottish Travellers asked Professor Jim Wilson a question – could he look at their genes to try to better understand their origins?

For the second in our Research Insights series, Jim will talk us through the latest from the Traveller Genes study. He will be joined by Samantha Donaldson, one of the study contributors, who’ll share her perspective on why and how genetic studies like Traveller Genes are of interest to her community.

4.30 – 5.15pm

On Zoom

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Wednesday 19 January

Research Insights

Health data: what’s in it for you?

Join us to hear how researchers use information about people’s health to help make life better for the whole population.

4.30 – 5.15pm

On Zoom

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Wednesday 2 February

Research Insights

Science after Dolly: gene editing and ethics    

Twenty-five years ago, scientists cloned a sheep and called it Dolly. Join us to hear more about the science that followed this breakthrough and the questions it continues to raise about the ethics of genetic manipulation.

4.30 – 5.15pm

On Zoom

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What is Research Insights?

Research Insights is free, online and open to all. It’s a chance for you to explore research topics with scientists and clinicians who work in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and to ask them questions about their work.

Events will run online at 4.30pm on Wednesday afternoons between November 2021 and March 2022. You can find out more and register for these events by following the link below.

We’d love to know what research topics you are most interested in so at the end of each event we’ll ask you for your ideas. We’ll then do our best to find speakers who can cover the most popular suggestion at our final event in March.

We hope that you can join us at an upcoming Research Insights event, and if you think it looks good please share with your friends, colleagues and students who might be interested too.

>View the full Research Insights programme

 

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