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

 

Virtual Parents’ Evening: How to Guide

Due to the current restriction all of our Parents’ Evenings will be conducted online.

We will be using a system called “Parents Booking” which we have used for scheduling teacher/parent appointments for the past few years. This system has been updated to allow the video call to take place within the system.

www.parents-booking.co.uk/prestonlodge

To log in you require to know:

  • Your first name and surname
  •  Your child’s first name, surname and date of birth

Be aware, this information must match our records!! (Parent surname can sometimes cause an issue if you use more than one)

  1. Making your booking

These slides explain how you make your bookings.

(You can fast forward or pause the video if the slides move too slowly or quickly.)

The login screen has had is look updated but the information you are require to enter is the same

More information and help on making a booking can be found here Parent Booking Help page

2. Online Meeting (Video Call)

You can watch this helpful video, which will explain how you use the system to hold the online meeting.

 

 

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