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Careers Hive – Live!


Careers Hive, an innovative careers event for S1-S3 pupils hopes to encourage young learners to keep studying science and technology subjects at secondary school. At its core, Careers Hive hopes to inspire the young people attending to consider keeping Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects in their course choices to leave the door open to them, eventually playing a part in the burgeoning and exciting science, tech and innovation sectors.

Join live through Glow TV from the Careers Hive to have an opportunity to speak to Jules Howard, a zoologist, writer, blogger and broadcaster. He writes on a host of topics relating to zoology and wildlife conservation, and appears regularly in BBC Wildlife Magazine and on radio and TV, including on BBC’s The One Show.

Also Andrew Tibbles who works as Studio mentor for MAKLab. Founded in 2012, MAKLab is a network of creative spaces that provides people with access to the latest disruptive technologies. They deliver teaching workshops, community outreach programmes, professional development and accredited learning for a wide demographic across Scotland.

Finally Alexandra Constantinou who works as an Engineering apprentice for Siemens – the largest engineering company in Europe. Get an opportunity to ask YOUR questions!

Sign up and join in on Tuesday 1st March at 2pm – Careers Hive LIVE!

If you unable to join in for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Women into Engineering – City of Glasgow College

Are your S2-S6 girls interested in pursuing a STEM related career? Why not take them to the City of Glasgow College’s annual women into engineering event? This event is aimed at promoting awareness and identifying opportunities for aspiring female engineers.

This one day event combines presentations from inspirational female engineers with practical sessions in the Colleges new state-of-the-art engineering campus. Participants will be able to:

  • Practice electronics on our award winning city bytes circuit boards
  • Experience Mechanical and Electrical Engineering training
  • Visit our industry standard Nautical Ship Simulator and Ships Control and Engine Room
  • Speak to professionals and current students about becoming a female engineer.

The event is free to attend and is being held on the 10th March 2016 at City of Glasgow College, Riverside Campus, 21 Thistle Street, G5 9XB.

To sign up for this event simply visit http://womenintoengineering.eventbrite.co.uk or email linda.muir@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk

Women in Science Festival – University of Dundee

16381%20WIS%20Web%20Banner%201400%20x%20500The Women in Science Festival will return in March 2016. From 5-13 March, the festival will host a fantastic gathering of creative events, featuring world-leading scientists from the University of Dundee and around the world, to celebrate women in science, technology, engineering and maths.

The Women in Science Festival is the World’s only festival dedicated to celebrating women in science, technology, engineering & maths. The festival aims to promote careers in science to everyone, especially women and girls, it supports professional women to develop their careers and showcases the talented and exciting research taking place across Scotland.

More information and the programme for the event can be found here.

Teacher Recruitment

Teacher training to be part of Transition Training Fund.

A £12 million fund to help people who face job losses in the oil and gas sector find alternative employment will also be available to support those who want to become teachers, the Education Secretary has announced.

Angela Constance told the Aberdeen Learning Festival this is the latest in a number of steps the Scottish Government is taking to boost teacher numbers in places which can have difficulty attracting them.

The Transition Training Fund was set up to help people move into other roles in the oil and gas, energy or manufacturing industries by offering grants to support retraining or further education.

It is now being developed, working with Skills Development Scotland and the Energy Jobs Taskforce, to help oil and gas sector staff bring their skills and expertise into teaching – particularly in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

Ms Constance said:
“We have a highly skilled oil and gas workforce and it is important that we harness their abilities to benefit the next generation, the future of the industry and the north-east of Scotland.

“Developing options within the £12 million Transition Training Fund will help ensure we don’t lose valuable oil and gas sector skills, which can be put to excellent use
and will lead to more high-quality, passionate teachers in the area.

“This is the latest in a range of actions we are taking to make sure we have the right teachers in the right places to benefit our young people.

“We have launched our #inspiringteachers campaign to encourage more people to enter the profession. We have increased student teacher intake targets for the fifth year in a row and are setting targets to train teachers in the subjects where they are needed most.

“We are also supporting innovative ways to encourage more graduates to come into teaching in areas which have difficulty recruiting teachers. This includes the University of Aberdeen’s distance learning initial teacher education programme, which allows council employees to retrain as teachers while staying in work. Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Highland and Angus Councils are already benefiting from this.”

More information on a career in teaching can be found at http://www.teachinscotland.org/


Engineering UK Report 2016

EngineeringUK-report-2016-front-cover3Engineering UK 2016 The State of Engineering analyses the engineering industry’s capacity for growth and details engineering in education, training and employment. Now in its eighteenth year, the report provides the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) community, Government, industry and the third sector with a compelling evidence base.

There are three overriding messages from the report. Firstly, that engineering and skilled engineers make a significant contribution to the UK economy and its productivity as well as working towards mitigating the grand global challenges of climate change, ageing populations, food, clean water and energy.

Secondly, that the UK at all levels of education does not have the current capacity or the required rate of growth needed to meet the forecast demand for skilled engineers and technicians by 2022.

Thirdly, through concerted and co-ordinated action, the engineering community and employers in particular can make a demonstrable difference by working with schools and colleges to inspiring future generations to pursue relevant qualifications and go on to careers in engineering.

Engineering is a vital part of the UK economy – engineering employers have the potential to generate an additional £27 billion per year from 2022. This is equivalent to the cost of building 1,800 secondary schools or 110 new hospitals.

If the UK is to benefit economically from this, we will need to meet the forecasted demand for 257,000 new vacancies in engineering enterprises in the same timescale. The importance of engineering is significant not only economically but also with regards to employment, as for every new engineering role an additional two jobs are created in the economy.

The full report can be downloaded here.

An infographic of key facts can be found here – EngineeringUK-Report-2016-Infographic

Inspiring Teachers

Teaching is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, careers you can choose.

In September, the Scottish Government launched a campaign to encourage more teachers to enter the profession. The recruitment campaign will focus on attracting teachers to STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – in particular to teach Physics, Maths and Computing. The ‘Inspiring Teachers’ campaign will feature figureheads from Scottish business, industry, media and science, sharing their memories of the teachers who inspired them and helped them get where they are today.

The #inspiringteachers campaign seeks to attract more high-quality, passionate teachers into the profession, particularly in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths where there is a demand.

Watch some films about #inspiringteachers at

·         Katie https://youtu.be/2ituLmzA9tY

·         Tiam https://youtu.be/r2AwVuI02oY

·         Leith Panel https://youtu.be/ENIX0ewyQTA  

·         Gillespie Panel https://youtu.be/XybLNDPlzus

More information on the #inspiringteachers campaign and teaching in Scotland can be found here.




Glow Video

Glow Video was launched before Christmas, and will allow access to films to enhance learning & teaching and also professional development. Have a look at the Sciences channel (bit.ly/SciencesVideos) and the STEM channel (bit.ly/STEMVideos). Feel free to add any videos of your own to these channels (make sure you have permission to share!). When uploading, use hashtags in the Description section to allow for easy searching, e.g. #STEM #technologies.

Royal Institution STEM Enrichment & Enhancement Grant

The Royal Institulogo_STEM_hometion STEM E&E Grant Scheme offers UK-registered state schools a grant of up to £500 to experience a STEM activity taken from the STEM Directories. The scheme is designed to help integrate STEM Enrichment and Enhancement activities into school practice and to support teachers’ professional development.

For over 200 years the Royal Institution (Ri) has been at the forefront of public engagement with science and its mission is to encourage people to think more deeply about the wonders and applications of science. The Ri manages the STEM Directories, an online catalogue of STEM E&E (Enrichment and Enhancement) activities offered by organisations across the UK. The activities are described as Enrichment and Enhancement because they enrich or enhance (go beyond) the school curriculum. The activities are usually events or experiences that cannot be delivered with standard school resources.

The Ri receives funding from the Causeway Foundation to run and develop the STEM Directories and to enable wider access to its listed activities by offering the STEM E&E Grant Scheme.

What do the grants offer?

  • £500 towards any activity listed on the STEM Directories
  • This £500 can be used to cover fees and expenses of the activity provider as well as travel expenses incurred by the school. Any other expenses incurred by the school are not covered
  • All activities funded by this grant would need to be completed by the end of the 2016 summer term

What are the eligibility criteria?

In order to apply for a grant, you need to:

  • Be from a state-funded primary or secondary school, academy or sixth-form college in the UK
  • Be a member of the school staff who is involved in teaching a STEM subject in that school
  • Make contact with your activity provider before the application deadline

Please note that the assessment process gives priority to disadvantaged schools.

More information, along with how to apply, can be found here.


Edinburgh International Science Festival – Careers Hive

Careereisfs Hive is a new flagship project by Edinburgh International Science Festival for all S1 to S3 students. This immersive event will focus on the vast range of exciting – and often unknown or underappreciated – opportunities available to those who study Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM).

This project will highlight that there are options available for everyone, irrespective of interest, in this rapidly expanding sector. By encouraging young people to discover where engagement with STEM could lead, Careers Hive will help address the rising tide of students not taking science from the end of the broad general education.

For more information, see the attached leaflet – Careers Hive

Scottish Education Awards 2016


Sciences, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Award

The Scottish Education Awards recognise schools and centres that have developed a vibrant and progressive culture and climate of continuous innovation.

The culture and ethos should promote respect, ambition and achievement while improving outcomes for all learners in ways which eliminate inequity.

Do you know a school or centre that can respond to the statement above and in detail to the questions below? Then why not nominate them for the STEM Award?

Nominations should include practical activities and projects that the school or centre has undertaken, detailing the impact these strategies have had on pupils, staff, parents and the community.

  • In what ways do learners in your establishment demonstrate successful application of STEM skills?
  • In what ways are learners using STEM to develop skills for learning, life and work?
  • In what ways do you work with partners/parents/wider community to support STEM?
  • How is STEM supporting the four contexts of learning (curriculum, inter-disciplinary learning, ethos and life of the schools and opportunities for personal achievement)?

Describe the outcomes of these approaches in terms of impact on:

  • children and young people
  • the whole school community
  • the wider community

 Nominations close at 12 noon on Monday 15 February 2016

NOMINATE TODAY AT www.scottisheducationawards.org.uk