Events from University of Dundee – November 2019

posted by Shabnam Wasim, Public Engagement Officer, University of Dundee  

Dundee Arts Café: Solving Environmental Issues Together with Prof Mel Woods, University of Dundee 

Venue/Address       The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum, Albert Square, Dundee                                        DD1 1DA
Date and time         Tuesday 12 November 2019, 6pm 

Event/activity/ description
Due to the popularity of recent events Dundee Arts Café is now a ticketed event. Please book your free tickets in advance –

We are currently facing a grave climate emergency. Unless we take urgent action, the increase in global temperature threatens human society and all life on our planet. It’s a daunting thought, but what can we do about it?

There are many projects where people across the world come together to monitor how our planet is changing and to test solutions. These projects are also known as ‘Citizen Science’, and can be a very helpful way to collect data and solve environmental issues together.

Join us for this discussion with Prof Mel Woods from the University of Dundee, as she discusses what makes an effective Citizen Science project and how we can all help the environment by getting more involved.

Everyone is welcome. Doors open at 5pm. Please book your free tickets in advance. 

Admission price      Free, Booking essential. Booking available at

Cafe Science Dundee: What’s Happening to our Rainforests? with Dr Mark Cutler, University of Dundee 

Venue/Address       Medina Bar and Grill, 113 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4DH
Date and time         Monday 25 November 2019, 7pm

Event/activity/ description
The world’s tropical forests are under increasing pressure, with the fires burning in the Amazon being the latest tragic example.  This destruction and degradation of forests has continued for decades, with over half of all tropical forests now having been logged at least once.  Those that remain face threats posed by a changing climate and conversion to agricultural plantations.

But how do we know what is actually happening in our rainforests? Using satellites in space and new sensors on the ground we can now see the changes and responses of these fragile ecosystems better than ever before.

Join Dr Mark Cutler (University of Dundee) to explore what we can and cannot see from these new technologies and what this means for the long-term exploitation and conservation of tropical forests across the world.

Join us at Café Science Dundee at our new venue Medina Bar & Grill at 113 Nethergate on Monday 25 November 2019, 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



posted by Rhonda McFarlane, Funding Officer, Strategic Policy and Performance

Funding for Sensory Equipment for Schools that Cater for Pupils with Special Education Needs (UK)
SEN Schools can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to enable them to purchase a range of sensory equipment to help enhance the pupils’experience at school. To be eligible schools need to cater for young people under the age of 19 who have a physical/ sensory/ learning disability. Schools that cater for socially disadvantaged children or mainstream schools for children with behavioural problems are unable to apply. The funding is being made available through the Lords Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity. Schools are required to pay a self-help contribution of around 25% of the total cost of the package. There are no application deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time.

Funding for STEM Enrichment and Enhancement Activities in Schools (UK)
The Royal Institution (Ri) has announced that UK state schools can now apply for grants of up to £500 to host STEM Enrichment and Enhancement activity for their teachers and students. Funded by the Clothworkers’ Foundation, the scheme is designed to help integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities into school practice and to support teachers’ professional development. Activities enrich or go beyond the curriculum and often use resources that are not readily available to schools. Activities can range from shows and talks to workshops and team-based challenges. The scheme will close for applications at midnight on the 4th November 2019.

The 2020 applications for Nuffield Research Placements are Due to Open on Monday 14 October 2019 (UK)
Students in the first year of a post-16 science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) course studying at a state-maintained school or college in the UK will be able to apply for a bursary to develop their research and quantitative skills. Nuffield Research Placements (previously Nuffield Science Bursaries) provide over 1,000 students each year with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists (including quantitative social scientists), technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Nuffield Research Placements take place in the summer holidays after Year 12 (England) or equivalent, placements are typically for between 4 and 6 weeks and can be in a university, research institute, company or voluntary organisation. Most projects are based in an office, but some include working in a laboratory or fieldwork. The funding will cover the travel costs of all students and depending on the families circumstances some applicants may also be eligible to receive a bursary of £100 for each week of the placement.

Funding to Promote Public Engagement and Teaching of MicroBiology (UK)
Grants of up to £1000 are available for a variety of educational outreach activities to promote public engagement with microbiology. Funding is available to support relevant science teaching or promotion initiatives, or to support developments likely to lead to an improvement in the teaching of any aspect of microbiology. Full, Full Concessionary or Postgraduate Student Members of the Microbiology Society who reside in the UK or Republic of Ireland can apply under the Microbiology Society Education and Outreach Grants Programme. Funding is available for talks, workshops, demonstrations, posters, leaflets, broadcasts, activities at science festivals and audio-visual or computer-based packages. Applications relevant to the teaching of any aspect of microbiology in primary, secondary or tertiary (including postgraduate) education will be considered. There are two funding rounds each year, the next closing date for applications is the 15th April 2020.

Lunchtime Learning Session – Child Protection for Children with Disabilities

posted by Joyce Brewster, Business Support Assistant  

Lunchtime Learning Session – Child Protection for Children with Disabilities – An Update
Thursday, 31 October, 2019, 12 noon-2pm, Lesser Hall, Reid Hall, Forfar

Please click on Flyer below for further details.




posted by Rhonda McFarlane, Funding Officer, Strategic Policy and Performance  

Teacher Development Fund Opens for Applications (UK)

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has announced that the Teacher Development Fund (TDF) has re-opened for applications. Through the TDF, primary schools working in partnership with other primary schools as well as arts / cultural organisations can apply for grants of up to £150,000 to develop the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to support the delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the classroom, and to embed learning through the arts in the curriculum. The Foundation expect to make around six grants to partnerships of arts/cultural organisations and up to ten schools, who will work together for two academic years. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on the 29th November 2019.

Grants of up to £30,000 Available to Support Disadvantaged Children (UK)

Not for profit organisations such as schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years for projects that help children and young people overcome the effects of illness, distress, abuse or neglect; disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and poverty and deprivation. Projects supported in the past include Trewirgie Junior School, which received a grant of £9,760 to provide after school sailing sessions to disadvantaged children aged 7-11; and Corley Special School in Coventry which received a grant of £6,000 to provide lunchtime horse riding sessions for children with disabilities. The funding is being made available through the BBC Children in Needs small grants programme and the next closing date for applications is the 2nd December 2019.

Grants of up to £5,000 Available to Schools for Projects that Teach Digital Skills to Young People (Scotland)

Schools and colleges in Scotland as well as businesses, government bodies and charities can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for innovative, adaptable, and sustainable projects, that teach digital skills to young people who are currently underrepresented in the digital sector. The ultimate aim of the programme is to increase the number of young people from all backgrounds entering highly skilled digital careers. Activities supported will be extracurricular and delivered in a safe, fun and sociable environment. Partnership working between different organisations is encouraged. The funding is delivered by the Digital Xtra Fund and the closing date for applications is the 31st October 2019.

November Beep Beep! Day with Timmy Time!

posted by Lesley Cook, School Travel Coordinator, Schools and Learning  

For Twitter:   Take a look at @brakecharity’s #BeepBeepDay with @aardman’s Timmy Time, a fantastic opportunity to teach 2-7 year olds about #RoadSafety basics, using free and low cost resources.

Sign up for a #BeepBeepDay with Timmy Time for activities and resources from @brakecharity and @aardman to get your little ones understanding #RoadSafety.

72 words:  Beep Beep! Days with Timmy Time are a great opportunity for early year’s educators to introduce 2-7 year olds to road safety basics, with fun activities and resources provided by Brake.

You can register for your free action pack and get involved during Road Safety Week 2019. The pack includes lots of fun road safety activities or purchase a bumper pack (£11.50 +VAT) for more reusable, laminated road safety activities, certificates and stickers!

For more information visit

270 words:  Run a Beep Beep! Day to engage early years in road safety basics.

Beep Beep! Days with Timmy Time, sponsored by Churchill, are a great opportunity for early year’s educators to introduce children to road safety basics, with fun activities and resources provided by Brake, the road safety charity. Every year thousands of tots and infants aged 2-7 take part to help save little lives.

Every day, 500 children and young people are killed on roads around the world. Brake works to stop road deaths and injuries by campaigning for safer roads, and supports people bereaved or injured in road crashes.

To help UK early years get involved with the initiative, Brake produces a range of special resources to help little ones understand road safety basics, from the importance of holding a grown up’s hand to recognising when it’s safe to cross.

Everyone who registers to take part receives a free e- resource pack or can purchase a bumper pack for just £11.50 +VAT, per 50 children. The pack includes lots of fun and reusable road safety activities, including colouring sheets, posters, laminated activities, certificates, stickers and balloons! For this event the resources will feature characters from Timmy Time!

In 2018, over 2,500 nurseries, schools and childminders registered to take part, helping spread important messages to more than 350,000 children. The event also provides an ideal opportunity to fundraise for Brake by dressing in stripy clothes in exchange for donations. Funds raised help the charity in its work to support bereaved and seriously injured road crash victims, and campaign for safer roads.

For more information visit or email or click on the flyer below:


UK Road Safety Week 2019

posted by Lesley Cook, School travel Coordinator, Schools and Learning  

UK Road Safety Week (18-24 November 2019)

Educators are being encouraged to register for UK Road Safety Week 2019 (18-24 November) at Coordinated by charity Brake, the Week is a great opportunity to engage children of all ages with road safety by using free resources on this year’s theme Step up for Safe Streets.
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Schools, nurseries, colleges and family centres can now register for UK Road Safety Week 2019 (18-24 November) at Coordinated by charity Brake, the Week is a great opportunity to engage children of all ages with road safety by using free resources. These include assembly slides, lesson plans, guidance sheets, activity sheets, posters and digital content such as videos and games. This year’s theme of Step up for Safe Streets aims to raise awareness about how young people can step up and learn how to create a safe and healthy future and shout out for change.
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Register now for #RoadSafetyWeek in November and receive free recourses from @brakecharity on the theme ‘Step up for Safe Streets’ #StepUp

This #RoadSafetyWeek @brakecharity is calling on us all to ‘Step up for Safe Streets’. Register and receive free resources to engage children, staff and parents

Register for #RoadSafetyWeek and receive free resources from @brakecharity including lesson plans, assembly slides and activity sheets

Please click on the link below to view flyer: