Bike to School Week

posted by Lesley Cook, School Travel Co-ordinator, Schools & Learning

National Bike to School Week 2020 is coming 28th September to 2nd October.

To help schools get on board Sustrans have created a set of downloadable resources and we’d be grateful if you could alert your schools to where they can download them and get involved. to download the teacher’s resources, including the pack with 5 days of activities, info pack and assembly presentation.

Dr Cecilia Oram
Delivery Coordinator, Education | Behaviour Change | Sustrans Scotland
Preferred pronouns she/her

Rosebery House | 9 Haymarket Terrace | Edinburgh | EH12 5EZ
0131 346 1384 | 07789904028 | @SustransScot

Road Safety Week

posted by Lesley Cook, School Travel Co-ordinator, Schools & Learning

ROAD SAFETY WEEK – 16 – 22 November 2020

Join the campaign for safer streets!

Brake, the road safety charity, is delighted to announce the launch of this year’s Road Safety Week which will run from 16 – 22 November 2020.

This year’s theme is No Need To Speed, encouraging everyone to learn the true impact of speed on our safety.

Make a difference in your area by joining this year’s campaign. Register for a free action pack and get access to resources, guidance and educational tools available for all schools and educational practitioners. From lesson plans and activities to educational games and videos, we want everyone to join together and spread the word that there is No Need To Speed on our roads. 

Register now at or by clicking the link below.

Angus Toy Appeal / Voluntary Action Angus

posted by Lynn Richards, Community Justice Assistant, Angus Council

Angus Toy Appeal /Voluntary Action Angus – Keep Little Hands Busy – Referral Guidelines

Referral Guidelines

Angus Toy Appeal are working in partnership with Voluntary Action Angus to deliver a COVID19 “keep little hands busy” appeal.

Families are struggling with staying at home in many ways, keeping children busy is particularly difficult, more so if parents are stressed about money, job security, etc.

We aim to reach these families right now, and supply age appropriate toys, activities and games to help alleviate some of that pressure.

We do sometimes get “doublers” from different agencies, but if in doubt submit your referral to ensure we don’t miss any children out.

If you require specific sensory toys or to assist with learning disabilities, please be specific on your referral.

Due to the urgency, and schools being closed all bags will be delivered straight to the family by a volunteer from Voluntary Action Angus or a committee member. 

Dead line for referrals 

There is no dead line! Who knows how long children and parents will need our support!


Tel:-  Sharon or Claire Spink on our toy appeal hotline – 07783426770

Post:- Sharon Spink, 78 Patrick Allan Fraser Street, Arbroath DD11 2LX

Under GDPR all information is confidential and destroyed appropriately. We do require the family name and address to assist with double referrals, but this information is not shared with anyone. No other information is passed on.



Capturing Lives in Scotland’s Communities: An Online Arts Award Explore Project

posted by Laura Beattie, Community Outreach Officer, University of Edinburgh Museums

From June 15th to July 24th, University Museums in Scotland (UMIS) are running an online Arts Award Explore project called ‘Capturing Lives in Scotland’s Communities’ and are looking for young people, aged 11 to 18, from across Scotland to participate.

What does life look like for young people in different communities across Scotland? How do we capture different aspects of life happening in our communities? No doubt you’ll have heard that we’re ‘living through history’ at the moment. How do we create an archive for the future of what our lives are like right now?

We’ll be exploring all these questions and more during the six weeks of the project, which brings together collections material and expertise from five different University Museums in Scotland:

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and the University of Dundee
  • University of Edinburgh
  • The Glasgow School of Art
  • University of Stirling.

Each week will explore a different theme and medium of art including photography, oral histories, landscape painting and public art. All instruction videos and resources will be posted online so participants can work through them at their own pace but we’ll also put them into groups of 6 or 7 people for weekly online discussion groups.

Every participant on the project will be assigned a current student from one of the universities as a mentor who will join the weekly discussion group sessions and help participants to complete the activities. All participants who complete the required number of activities will be eligible to receive an Arts Award Explore qualification, a registered qualification on the Registered Qualification Framework, moderated by Trinity College London. The deadline for signing up to participate in the project is Monday 8th June. We want everyone to be able to participate so let us know if having access to a mobile device or internet would be a problem. Find out more information and sign up here: or email


Dundee University Events

posted by Shabnam Wasim, Puplic Engagement Officer, Dundee University

Cafe Science Dundee: Artificial Intelligence: Risks, Rewards and Science with Prof Geoff Barton

Venue/Address       Medina Bar and Grill, 113 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DH
Date and time         Monday 16 March 2020, 7pm 

Event/activity/ description
Computers that can learn are able to solve some problems that humans can’t. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is used in research in Dundee and around the world. In Dundee, computers have helped us understand how cells in our body work, and how this can be applied in medicine.

But the stories we hear about AI are not always positive, with the use and misuse of personal data, for example the Cambridge Analytica scandal, generating lots of headlines. So what’s the real story?

This discussion with Prof Geoff Barton (University of Dundee) will showcase his research in biology and health, whilst considering the social challenges in how we use AI.

Join us at Café Science Dundee at Medina Bar and Grill, 113 Nethergate, Dundee on Monday 16 March, at 7pm. This is a free event and everyone is welcome. There is no need to book in advance but arrive early to avoid disappointment. 

Admission price      Free, Non-bookable


Dundee Arts Café: Curious Creatives: Art from a Child’s Perspective with Dr Anna Robb
Venue/Address       The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum, Albert Square, Dundee DD1 1DA
Date and time         Tuesday 14 April 2020 

Event/activity/ description
There is growing concern that creative subjects such as art, music and drama are being side-lined in schools in favour of other subjects. However, creative education is also seen as a crucial step in developing skills in young children. This is especially relevant in the city of Dundee, where skilled creative people are needed to support our growing creative industries.

So how do we make sure arts education is delivered in a way that benefits children’s development?
Join us at Dundee Arts Café as Dr Anna Robb from the University of Dundee, explores including the voices of primary school children, when developing school lessons and careers advice for the future. This presentation will draw on research focused on young children’s experiences of visual art in the home and at school, as well as in the local community and across the city. Anna will give examples of how our relationships with school subjects, such as art, inform our identities from an early age.

Everyone is welcome. This event is free and booking is recommended. Places are limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Doors open at 5.15pm. 

Admission price      Free, Booking recommended at –