The story of two Mellanbys, some dogs, cats, mice, sheep, penguins…- Public Lecture
Interest in vitamin D has rapidly grown in recent years with numerous studies linking a lack of vitamin D to the development of a wide range of health problems in both humans and animals.
However, many researchers remain skeptical about the non-skeletal health benefits of vitamin D and believe the growing reputation of vitamin D as a cure for many different diseases is wildly over-stated.
In his inaugural lecture, Richard will discuss how studies on dogs were pivotal in the discovery of vitamin D and how research on man’s best friend, and other animals, continues to illuminate the ongoing debate of the importance of vitamin D on health beyond the skeleton.
He will also discuss some of his group’s recent research which is showing the remarkable effects vitamin D can have on shaping the immune system.
This lecture will be followed by a reception in the area outside of the auditorium.
This lecture is free and open to all.
Date: Monday 24th September, 2018
Location: The Roslin Institute
Rabies Lab: Let’s Talk About Health pre-lecture workshop
Would you like to get hands-on with real lab techniques used in the fight against rabies? Are you a pupil in S4, S5 or S6 with an interest in science? If so, sign up for our free 45-minute pre-lecture workshop in the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre.
During the workshop you will carry out a laboratory technique called ELISA, which is used to screen dogs for successful rabies vaccination as part of the pet passport scheme. The hands-on workshop will cover some of the science behind rabies prevention and is an ideal introduction to the Let’s Talk About Health lecture that immediately follows the workshop – free tickets for the lecture can be booked here
Date Wednesday 10th October
Cost: Free, but you must reserve your place
Location: Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre, Charnock Bradley Building – Easter Bush Campus
Age: Adults and children aged 10 and over. Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult, with no more than 2 children per adult.
Booking: Booking is essential – please reserve your free place(s) via our Eventbrite page.
Lets Talk About Health and Disease – Public Lecture
Join us to hear about how we have partnered with the Mission Rabies charity to deliver mass canine rabies vaccination programmes in Malawi, India and other rabies ‘hotspots’ across the world, and the challenges this work presents. Hear about our programmes to increase rabies awareness and safety for children and the impact our work is having.
Speakers: Richard Mellanby and Stella Mazeri
Date Wednesday 10th October
Cost: free, but you must reserve your place
Location: Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Doors open 4.30pm with teas and coffees available.
Refreshments will be available after event.
The Primary Science Education Conference (PSEC) is coming to Edinburgh in June 2019. It will bring together teachers and primary science experts from across the UK and internationally to share best practice in primary science teaching. From 6-8 June 2019, the comprehensive programme will offer outstanding professional development in primary science, complemented by a dynamic exhibition specifically focussed on primary science teaching.
Now is the perfect time to register your interest in attending PSEC, submit a proposal to deliver a workshop and apply for a teachers bursary to help cover your costs. On Friday 7th June there will be a dedicated Children’s Conference and more details of this will be released in September.
PSEC is brought to you by the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT) – an educational charity whose vision is to see excellent teaching of science in every primary classroom in the UK.
Call for Proposals
As one of the key priorities in education, Developing the Young Workforce related contributions will feature prominently again at the SLF 2018 (19 – 10 September, SCCC, Glasgow). This year’s main focus will be on School-Employer Partnerships and STEM related learning around DYW.
Here is a list of key seminars:
Wednesday, 19 September
|Title||Presenters/education establishment||Room/ Time|
|School-employer and Local Authority partnerships: A partnership approach to delivering DYW||Donald MacLeod, Western Isles, + Laxdale Primary School||Carron 1
|Apprenticeships: Early learning, … reducing the attainment gap in Gaelic Medium Education||Joan Esson, Education Scotland, DFM John Swinney,||Leven, 9.30|
|STEM/Numeracy: Linking the maths curriculum to the world of work||Alessio Gusmeroli, Skills Development Scotland||Dochart 1,
Collaborative multi-agency approach to DYW
|Gill Geddes, Peebles High School, Scottish Borders||Carron 1, 14.00|
|Profiling in the context of DYW: New guidance and My World of Work toolkit||Klaus Mayer, Education Scotland and Derek Hawthorne, SDS||Carron 1,
Thursday, 20 September
|DYW Regional Group: Labour market information for teachers||Abigail Kinsella, Glasgow City Council||Carron 1,
|DYW whole school approach/ partnerships: Developing Employability and Creativity Skills across learning||Castlebrae Community High School, Edinburgh; St Albert’s Primary School, Glasgow||Ness,
|School-employer partnerships/STEM: The impact of STEM insight teacher placements||Helen Winton, SSERC||Alsh 1
|ICT: Stirling digital skills forum: building partnerships and developing skills for the future||Helen Gorman, Stirling Council||Carron 1,
|ICT/Skills: Embed computational thinking across the BGE curriculum||Lorna Kerr, Education Scotland||Katrine
|Gender/partnerships: RISE: inspiring the future!||Audrey McDermott, Uddingston Grammar School, South Lanarkshire|| Boisdale 1
Download our DYW Flyer with all related seminars here: SLF 18 DYW seminar flyer
Access the full SLF programme here: https://education.gov.scot/Documents/SLF2018conferenceprogramme.pdf
Register for the SLF and book your seminars here.
The Angus STEM Festival featured shows from Aberdeen and Dundee Science Centres, as well as Generation Science alongside interactive workshops and stalls presented by local colleges, universities and STEM employers.
Organised by Raising Aspirations in Science Education (RAiSE) and Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), the festival also aimed to highlight the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) career pathways available within Angus.
Jonathon Brown, the RAiSE Primary Science Development Officer, said: “It was a wonderful day and we were incredibly pleased with the numbers attending and the enthusiasm and participation from the young people and their families. These fun, informative sessions really help bring science to life and engage young people.”
Visitors were surveyed, with more than 90% reporting that the festival made them more interested in a future career in STEM and that it had increased their interest in STEM subjects. All of those questioned enjoyed the event.
RAiSE is a four-year pilot programme to increase the confidence and skills of teachers to teach effective and engaging primary science. More than 40 schools in Angus are engaged in the programme. It is funded and delivered by The Wood Foundation, Education Scotland and participating local authorities.
This is the first in a series of four opportunities which allows DYW representatives, teachers and educators to gain in-depth insight into what SP Energy Networks look for in candidates.
The event will take place on 28 March 2018 and will run twice on that day. Attendees will have the choice of either a morning slot from 9-12 noon or an afternoon slot from 1-4pm.
The programme as follows:
- Two sessions per day AM/PM with 32 places open for registration on each.
- 30 minute presentation/interaction session on SP Energy Network activities and talent pipelines we have including Graduate, Craft Apprenticeship, Power Engineering, Engineering Foundation and Year in Industry programmes.
- 1 hour tour of the training centre inclusive of a hand skill and overhead line demonstration.
- Concludes with a 30 minute question and answer session.
The event will take place at the SPEN Training Centre in Cumbernauld:
ScottishPower Energy Networks, Dealain House, 72 Napier Road, Wardpark, Cumbernauld, G68 0DF
Booking should be made in the first instance through the Marketplace website. If you do not have access to Marketplace then please register your interest by contacting Alison Nimmo, DYW West Lothian at: Animmo@dywled.org
Future events are being planned for the following dates: 13 June, 14 Sept, 16 Nov 2018.
The latest event in a series of workshops and events on career pathways and skills development in the land-base, aquaculture and environmental industries, will take place on Thursday, 14 December, Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld (10am – 3pm). (contact: 01738 310164 or Scotland@lantra.co.uk)
Two recent LANYRA career workshops run for SDS career staff, teachers, DYW regional groups etc. were held in Perth & Lanark. Here are the links to the presentations from industry speakers :
LANTRA’s website offers plenty of information on exciting and rewarding jobs in this industry sector, especially for Modern Apprentices. Find out more by signing up for our quarterly newsletter or contacting us LANTRA directly.
And: The new rural skills video has just been published and can be viewed on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omCE4wlikqo
STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland has now been published
A STEM (Sciences Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics) Education and Training Strategy was launched in the Scottish Parliament last week by Ms Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science. The Strategy, together with a STEM Evidence Base Report, is now available to download from: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/10/1386/downloads
A central focus on the strategy is to enable everyone to develop STEM skills for learning, for life and for work. It provides a new emphasis on career pathways within STEM sectors and to grow successful partnerships between schools and employers through the Developing the Young Workforce Programme. The strategy also includes a commitment to expand Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeship Programmes to enable many to pursue jobs and careers in STEM through these pathways. This strong focus on skills and careers will further enhance national efforts to Develop the Young Workforce (DYW) and embed employment and career management skills in the curriculum through the Career Education Standard.
A wide variety and resources including exemplars around DYW and STEM can be accessed on the National Improvement Hub here.
The following four good practice exemplars have been published on the National Improvement Hub to highlight initiatives that help learners requiring additional support to develop skills and find employment.
Exemplar 1: Enable Scotland’s ‘Stepping Up’ programme
This innovative employability programme offers comprehensive support for young people aged 14 to 19 who have learning disabilities which takes participants from an initial investigation of the world of work, through a process of discovery and planning for their future, to engagement with employers in real workplace settings. Find out more here.
Exemplar 2: ‘Thinking Digitally’ – a new resource
This credit rate module by Lead Scotland allows candidates to develop relevant digital skills and build confidence operating in online environments. More on this here.
Exemplar 3: ‘TOPs’ – training opportunities for young parents
This programme run by Rathbone Training, a UK-wide voluntary youth sector organisation which supports young people aged 16 to 24 who have disengaged from society, aims to help young parents in their personal development. More here.
Exemplar 4: ‘Community Action and Leadership Award
This is a course created by the charity Lead Scotland so that more people can learn how to influence change and make a difference within their communities. More information here.
The Institute for Engineering and Technology (ITE) has launched a campaign entitled ‘Engineering Work Experience for All’ in order to raise awareness of the value of high quality, practical work placements in helping to develop future engineers with the practical skills they need for the workplace.
According to the IET 2016 Skills and Demand in Industry report, 62 per cent of engineering employers say graduates don’t have the right skills for today’s workplace, while 68 per cent are concerned that the education system will struggle to keep up with the skills required for technological change. To address these growing concerns over skills gaps in the engineering workforce, particularly among graduates and school leavers, 91 per cent of companies agreed that more employers need to provide work experience for those in education or training.
In response to these statistics, the IET has launched the Engineering Work Experience for All campaign to champion the need for more employers and universities to collaborate to offer quality work experience to engineering students. The campaign is designed to rally employers, universities, Government and students to make a range of different, quality work experience opportunities more widespread.
Find our more about the campaign here.