Aug 142018
 

Glasgow Science Centre (GSC) has received funding of £2.9 million that will revolutionise the visitor attraction. As well as improvements to existing facilities and exhibition spaces and the development of its community based learning programme, the funding will transform the exterior of the centre by the Clyde at its Pacific Quay location.

Awarded through the Inspiring Science Fund – a partnership between the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Wellcome Trust – it is the biggest single investment in GSC since it opened in 2001.

The money will fund GSC’s Connect project that will deliver a range of new interactions and experiences to make GSC more attractive and accessible to a wider and more diverse audience and aims to cement GSC in the fabric of Glasgow as a community hub.

Dr Stephen Breslin, Chief Executive at Glasgow Science Centre said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been successful in our application to the Inspiring Science Fund. Connect aims to empower the people of Glasgow to make positive changes in their lives and communities through learning and engagement with science.

It will build upon and expand our successful community engagement programmes to better serve the diverse communities across the city and will permeate throughout all of our activities to make us more relevant to Glasgow citizens – helping to raise attainment and develop skills for all.”

Elements of Connect:

·         Targeted community learning and development programme– GSC will enhance its needs-led engagement programme, serving the diverse communities Glasgow is home to. This will allow the GSC team to work alongside community groups to identify needs and develop relevant STEM engagement programmes. A new dedicated Community Learning Hub will also be built in the centre to allow groups to meet and take part in activities.

·         Enhanced exhibition spaces– “Explore!”, a new exhibition gallery, housed in the main atrium space and Ground Floor of GSC will be created. This will build the anticipation and excitement of visitors from the moment they arrive at GSC.

·         Improved facilities- in growing a more diverse audience, GSC identified that visitor facilities required to be updated to ensure individual needs are met. A key improvement will be the introduction of a Changing Places toilet that will give visitors access to extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably.

·         Programme of Inclusive Cultural Science Events- building on the successes of the Planetarium events programme and adult only Science Lates, GSC will create an ongoing events programme that are attractive to a broad audience.

·         Transformation of Pacific Quay– the creation of a new outdoor learning space filled with exciting hands on exhibits, seating and sculptures along the Clydeside. The aim is to bring the fun of GSC outdoors and build a free to access, unique and welcoming outdoor space for play, discovery and social interaction.  This space will also act as a venue for cultural science events.

The enhancements to the visitor attraction will be underpinned by organisational change that will create policies and practices that embed inclusion, diversity and equity within GSC. Connect will embed the practice of Community Learning and Development into the heart of GSC to create and nurture diverse and aware staff.

 

Over the next few months, the team at GSC will work with stakeholders to source the match funding required as part of the Inspiring Science Fund and plan the implementation phase of Connect. Visitors will start to see changes from spring 2019 with the addition of the Changing Places Toilet.

Dundee Science Centre also received £1.45 million to transform their centre into a local community hub. This is addition to the £2 million that has just been spent on expanding the exhibit and learning spaces in the centre. Together with the funding allocated to Aberdeen Science Centre last year, it represents a significant investment in science and STEM in Scotland as we embark on plans to deliver on our national STEM Education and Training Strategy. 

 

Feb 032017
 

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STEM Insight

 

 

 

 

 

The STEM Insight programme offers staff in schools and colleges a unique chance to experience STEM-related work in industrial settings.

You will be able to participate in a placement with an employer, be supported by face-to-face and online CPD from STEM Learning and SSERC, and learn more about diverse career paths and opportunities for your students.

If you are from a local authority school or college you will receive generous financial support to cover the cost of participating in the programme from Project ENTHUSE. The fee for participating in the STEM Insight programme is £283+VAT, with a £1450 bursary for a ten day placement and a £800 bursary for a five day placement.

For more information visit http://bit.ly/STEMINSIGHT or contact sts@sserc.org.uk

 

Jan 242017
 
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RSC
We have a few places available on a SSERC/RSC professional development course on 14th February 2017 at Garnock Community Campus, North Ayrshire (KA14 3BF). The funding for the course is such that the course fee for the day is £200 per participant to cover the full cost of the course including course materials, teas/coffee and lunch.  Each participant will receive a voucher with a value of £140 of resources which can be used against purchases from Scientific and Chemical.
Additionally, each participant from a local authority school or FE college can apply for an ENTHUSE Award from the National STEM Learning Centre – such applications must be made in advance of the course start date (details of how to apply will be sent to successful applicants).  ENTHUSE Awards will be paid to the school/college several weeks after completion of the course; the value of the ENTHUSE Award will be £200.
Expressions of interest to sts@sserc.org.uk by Friday Jan 27th please.
Nov 212016
 

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Professional development for secondary science probationers

The closing date for applications to attend SSERC’s 2-part residential course for Probationer teachers is Friday November 25th.  Through this programme, with practical work at its core, we focus on enhancing the range of activities which participants will be able to use to support Curriculum for Excellence in their classrooms. More than half of the practical elements of the course will be devoted to subjects outside participants’ own area of expertise. More details available from the SSERC website.

 

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Oct 042016
 

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Technician – (Fixed Term or Secondment)

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and creative individual to join the SSERC team which is dedicated to building capacity in Scotland for high quality CPD for science teachers and technical support staff. In addition to proven subject expertise, you must have an appropriate mix of practical, science, technology and ICT skills to contribute to a flexible technical support service across the sciences and technology, with a high regard to Health and Safety.

You should hold an SCQF level 5 qualifications in a relevant subjects and previous experience in a similar post is essential.

Further Details can be found at http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/vacancies/3430-vacancies-october-2014

 

Oct 042016
 

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Senior Technician – (Fixed Term or Secondment)

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and creative individual to join the SSERC team which is dedicated to building capacity in Scotland for high quality CPD for science teachers and technical support staff. In addition to proven subject expertise, you must have an appropriate mix of practical, science, technology and ICT skills to contribute to a flexible technical support service across the sciences and technology, with a high regard to Health and Safety.

You should hold an HNC or equivalent level qualification in a relevant subject and previous experience in a similar post is essential.

Further Details can be found at http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/vacancies/3430-vacancies-october-2014

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Education Officer – Technology

As an enthusiastic professional, you will join a motivated team who provide an advisory service which supports science and technology education in Scottish schools. You will develop close working relationships with Local Authority officers and other key stakeholders in Scottish technology education.

You will have at least 5 years teaching experience in a wide range of technology subjects in the school education sector. You will have experience in supporting career long professional learning (CLPL) and an understanding of the CLPL needs for teachers, PTs, HOFs and school support staff.

Complementing your professional expertise, you will bring excellent team playing, communication and organisational skills, an interest in Health and Safety in an educational environment and a love of practical work. The ideal candidate must be confident with using software on both PC and Apple platforms and can demonstrate experience using CAD software packages e.g. CREO 2.0 or Autodesk Inventor. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who have a passion for both workshop machinery and programmable devices.

This is a full-time, high profile role based in Dunfermline. It will involve regular visits to locations throughout Scotland. There is plenty of scope for personal and professional development offered to the post holder.

The post is offered on a 12 month secondment or fixed term basis.

Further Details can be found at http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/vacancies/3430-vacancies-october-2014

Completed application forms should be submitted with a covering letter to STS@sserc.org.uk .

Applications should arrive no later than 7/10/16

 

Sep 232016
 

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LEADING FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE

13-16 NOVEMBER 2016 & 12-13 MARCH 2017

SSERC is still taking applications for places on Leading for Excellence in Science course. The course carries full accreditation by the General Teaching Council for Scotland under its Professional Recognition scheme.

 

Our delegates will be those who have, or aspire to have, responsibility for leading science education in their establishments. Although some leadership skills are generic, there are aspects of science education which require specific leadership skills and have particular management responsibilities.  These particular responsibilities, as well as wider leadership issues, will be considered in science specific contexts.

 

Coverage will include:

 

  • Curriculum and course development issues with particular reference to CfE
  • Areas for development identified in HMIe report Science: A portrait of current practice in Scottish Schools and The Sciences 3-18 Impact Report, 2012

 

    • Improving learning and teaching through self-evaluation
    • Approaches to managing science health and safety issues
  • Science departmental/faculty issues and policies
  • Leading teams and managing change

 

 

For those teaching in local authority schools or colleges funding of £1080 from the National STEM Learning Centre is available to offset the course fee (£850)

 

Further information from Paul.Beaumont@sserc.org.uk or via the SSERC website at http://www.sserc.org.uk/index.php/cpd-sserc/leadership-cpd.

 

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Sep 062016
 

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Biology teacher placements at Glasgow University

Join the University of Glasgow for a placement where you can immerse yourself in the world of STEM outside of the classroom.

Summary

Location: University of Glasgow, Gilmorehill Campus, G12 8QQ

The following dates are currently available:

13 – 17 Feb 2017

20 – 24 Feb 2017

(Other dates may be available upon request).

£900 of ENTHUSE bursary funding provided.

The final part of the scheme is a one-day professional development experience, held during the summer 2017 term.

Express your interest in this placement by completing this form and sending it to: insight@stem.org.uk or mailto:grant.mcallister@sserc.org.uk

Deadline for applications: 30 September 2016

This opportunity is suitable for STEM secondary/FE professionals with an interest in Higher / Advanced Higher (or equivalent) in biology.

Going on a placement at the University of Glasgow will help you to:

Inspire your students – increase your own understanding by attending lectures, seminars and laboratory sessions in life sciences, medicine, genetics, molecular and cell biology. Meet with students, researchers and lecturers working in Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at Glasgow and gain and insight into the breadth of curriculum content available to students entering this field.

Build strong links with a local university – connect with a local university to develop staff and student experiences, with the aim of creating a longer term partnership. Help to boost your students’ confidence in making degree and career choices. Find out more about the skills and competencies required for a science-based career and gain ideas for future collaboration (e.g. work experience, mentoring, speakers).

Enhance your advice on careers options– gain useful information about how to support students to make university applications through UCAS, and develop a wider knowledge of how to support students in making career decisions, taking into account future STEM industries.

University Information:

The University of Glasgow College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (MVLS) brings together internationally renowned experts and state-of-the-art facilities with the goal of improving health and the quality of life for humans and animals across the globe. As well as a huge research portfolio, the college provides innovative teaching, preparing students for a wide variety of exciting careers. Students can choose from a broad array of subjects (more than 20 degree programmes) in the life sciences, from A (Anatomy) to Z (zoology), or alternatively, the clinical subjects; medicine (including programmes in medicine, nursing and dentistry) and the veterinary medicine programmes.
The University of Glasgow has just over 19,000 undergraduate students coming from around the world and gaining a place to study is highly competitive. Arming school teachers with insight and knowledge about current teaching practices and approaches will give their pupils the best chance to secure a place at the University and prepare them for higher education. We aim to support this, by giving teachers of Higher level biology, a guided tour through teaching at all levels in the university and provide them with the additional information they need to support their pupils, particularly in view of the recent changes by the SQA in the Advanced Higher biology “curriculum for excellence”.

Outcomes

This ENTHUSE bursary funded placement offers you an opportunity to:

• provide inspirational experiences for teachers, which will in turn help them to inspire their students
• support the transition between National Qualifications and Higher Education, helping to highlight routes of study and future STEM related careers
• develop firmer links between school / college and university
• equip your school or college in response to the Government’s careers strategy

 

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Sep 052016
 

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SSERC Newsletter August 2016

This will provide you with links to our Bulletins and upcoming CLPL events.

If you need to contact us about curricular or health and safety matters please email sts@sserc.org.uk or visit our website www.sserc.org.uk

SSERC has provided a range of equipment to Local Authorities on long term loan.

  • 5 Mystrica Mark II colorimeters which can be connected to PCs, iPhones, iPads and Android devices
  • UV-A sensor, voltage probe, Geiger-Müller tube, light sensor, gas pressure sensor and magnetic field all of which connect to the Vernier Labquest 2 data logger made available last year.

Independent schools wishing to borrow any of the above items should contact SSERC directly.

We have also sent for Technology Departments in all secondary schools a ‘Band Saw Buddy’ and an Inventor’s micro:bit kit. To find your local authority contact for this equipment please click here

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