Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme (UAS)
Following a successful pilot in 2005 Bristol ChemLabS has continued running the Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme (UAS), with 6-7 BSc (Hons) undergraduate students per year The students carry out their final year 'project' working with local primary or secondary schools to develop chemistry/science resources, solve chemistry-based education problems or to carry out chemical education research. This is part of a national programme details of which can be found at the UAS website. If you are a Bristol-based teacher interested in hosting a project student and are situated reasonably close to the University of Bristol please contact the project supervisor Tim Harrison.
"Doing this project made a lot of sense for me, as I knew I wasn't after a career in Chemical research and teaching was, and still is, what I want to do. Had I not done this project it may have been difficult to get teaching experience this year as well as spending hours in a lab. As the project was so open ended a lot of initiative and creativity was needed but this was an enjoyable challenge. Going back to basics and seeing science from the perspective of a primary school pupil helped me develop a fresh approach to science."
- Acta Didactica Napocensia (journal of the Didactics of Exact Sciences Chair of the Babes-Bolyai University) Volume 2, Number 2, 2009, Final year School Projects: The Bristol ChemLabS Use of the Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme by Timothy Harrison, David Smith, Dudley Shallcross.
- Science Careers Powerpoint by UAS student Emelia White 2011/12
- Reflective Diary by Emelia White (login required)
- Example UAS Theses (login required)
- Top tips for new UAS students from past ones
- Interview with a UAS student
- Overview Document from the UAS (52kb PDF)
- UAS student presentations and other resources for teachers
- UAS Poster - A0 (452kb PDF)
- UAS Poster - A3 (209kb PDF)
- Example UAS Student's Reflective Diary(114kb PDF)
- School Project Abstract 2011(32kb PDF)
- School's Project Reading List
- Suggested Reading
More information may be found on the UAS website.
Please note this scheme is not to be confused with the STEM Ambassadors (formerly SEAs) Programme . The latter is the scheme that is used to train Postgraduate Chemists to work with school students as part of Bristol ChemLabS Outreach Activities.
Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme (UAS) Schools' Project Published by RSC
Part of one UAS final year project has now been published as a web resource for all UK chemistry teachers. MSci student Lisette Voûte produced a comprehensive teaching package on green chemistry, one of the new elements of the A-Level chemistry specifications due to start in September. Emma Woodley, Assistant Education Manager, Schools & Colleges is to place this comprehensive resource on the site www.ChemistryTeachers.org.
The site is searchable by curriculum, key chemistry topics or free text, so that appropriate high quality materials can be located by teachers or students swiftly and efficiently.
Green Chemistry Teacher's Pack by Lisette Voûte (2,854kb PDF)