* ChemLabS Summer 2010 News


August

Bristol ChemLabS Outreach Activity August 2009 to July 2010 - 05/08/10

The outreach team engaged with a conservative 24,500 students, teachers and members of the public during the last year. Just over 15,000 were secondary age students and 8800 were primary aged students (with 70 aged from 2 - 4 years of age).

Highlights included working with students in Soweto, working with young teachers in central Turkey, hosting an inaugural Leading Edge Science Festival for teachers, and training science centre demonstrators in South Africa. The annual visits to Trinity College Dublin and to the National University of Singapore and visits to Bristol by Italian, Maltese, Irish and Spanish students also took place. The lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' proves as popular as ever as do the spectroscopy tours and teaching lab practical classes.

June

Dudley Shallcross and Bristol ChemLabS Awarded a Major HEA Grant - 24/06/10

Dudley Shallcross and Bristol ChemLabS are pleased to announce the award of a three year grant from the Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship Scheme to develop a Dynamic Laboratory Techniques Manual (DLTM) for Physical and Biological Sciences.

Building on the success of the Bristol ChemLabS Dynamic Laboratory Manual (DLM) and A-Level LabSkills, this project will put together a panel of science experts from across the UK to produce a list of core practical techniques that are needed in each scientific discipline in the first year of a degree programme. The panel will then prepare a ‘story board’ to demonstrate each technique using the DLM format developed by Bristol ChemLabS. The final DLTM will be freely available to all UK institutes to support practical teaching.

For more details, see www.heacademy.ac.uk/ntfsprojects

For the University of Bristol press release, click here

Bristol ChemLabS Outreach gets Big Tick Reaccreditation - 10/06/10Big Tick

Bristol ChemLabS is pleased to announce that its Schools Outreach programme has retained its Big Tick status in the Business in the Community’s (BITC’s) 2010 Awards for Excellence.

Bristol ChemLabS achieved the Big Tick in the 2009 Bank of America Merrill Lynch Education Award for its outreach and engagement activities with schools, teachers and students of all ages which were judged to have made a strikingly positive and sustained impact on the community. Last year, ChemLabS was also ‘Highly Commended’ in this category at a reception at St James’s Palace. This year, ChemLabS has been able to demonstrate that it is still a fantastic example of sustainable outreach that continues to have a significant positive impact both nationally and internationally.

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “I congratulate Bristol ChemLabS on achieving their reaccreditation. It has been a difficult 12 months for business, but this is a sign that companies are not losing their focus on making a positive impact on people and planet, and are prepared to lead by example. That’s what Business in the Community’s Awards for Excellence are all about - celebrating responsible business, the leadership that makes it happen, and the benefits to the business and society of doing so. Consumers need to see that businesses are proactive, visible and engaged on the big issues of the day, as Bristol ChemLabS has demonstrated.

Tim Harrison, Director of Outreach commented: "This is a welcome reflection of the efforts of a very large number of technicians, porters, stores people, secretaries, postgraduates and academic staff in the School of Chemistry, in supporting the promotion of chemistry".

Bristol ChemLabS was presented with a Big Tick reaccreditation certificate at Leigh Court in Bristol on June 10 by guest speaker Jonathon Porritt

For the University of Bristol press release, click here

Bristol ChemLabS Postgraduate Teaching Prizes - 07/06/10

Three years ago, Bristol ChemLabS instituted a series of annual Postgraduate Teaching Prizes to recognise formally the highest quality delivery of tutoring and demonstrating.

Claire McMullin
Alex Hamilton
Stephen Nolan
Aswan Mat Lazin

This year, the 2010 Bristol ChemLabS Postgraduate Teaching Prizes have been awarded to Claire McMullin, Alex Hamilton, Stephen Nolan and Aswan MatLazim to recognize their exceptional contributions.

Bristol ChemLabS Highlighted by Times Higher Education as a big CETL Success - 03/06/10

In an article in the Times Higher Education, Bristol ChemLabS has been highlighted as being a particularly successful CETL not only for what it has done for the teaching of practical chemistry at Bristol and in schools, but also in terms of its long-term financial sustainability.

For the full article online, click here

News of Chemistry Outreach in South Africa - 03/06/10

It is not just the football world cup that is happening in South Africa. Bristol ChemLabS Outreach links with Rhodes University on the Eastern Cape is expanding the audience of 'A Pollutant's Tale'. Postgraduate chemists at Rhodes have just delivered five performances of the lecture demonstration on climate chemistry and atmospheric chemistry to a total of 252 learners during the 5 days of a Focus Week on 'Exploding Myth'. The schools participating were Nombolelo High SDA, Primary Kingswood College, and Samuel Ntsiko Good Shepperd Khanya Maths and Science Club.

Professor Mike Davies-Coleman, Head of Department of Chemistry at Rhodes, said of the outreach programme team, 'I am proud of your efforts and undiminished commitment to what, in my opinion, is one of the most worthwhile programmes emanating from this Department.'

Demonstrators at Sci-Bono Science Centre in Johannesburg are also delivering 'A Pollutant's Tale' to schools visiting several times per week.

Bristol ChemLabS has been involved in the training at both institutions.


May

AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust Appoints Dudley Shallcross as New Director - 11/05/10

Dudley ShallcrossThe AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust has appointed Professor Dudley Shallcross as its new Director following the retirement of Professor Hugh Lawlor who had held the post since the establishment of the Trust in 1998.

Since its inception, the Trust has established a considerable reputation within the science education community for providing pedagogic support and continuing professional development for science teachers in the UK. Its work was initially targeted at teachers of science at primary level but it has recently become more engaged with the transition to secondary education.

"The AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust prospered under Hugh Lawlor's leadership over more than a decade", said Chair of Trustees, Mike Rance. "The Trustees are excited by the prospect of working with Dudley to build on the foundations created by Hugh."

In response, Dudley states: "I have seen first-hand the difference good science teaching can make to school students. The AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust has played a pivotal role in supporting science teachers at primary and transition level in the UK over the last 12 years. I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue and extend this work."

More information on the Trust and its activities can be found on its website at www.azteachscience.co.uk and a full press release can be viewed here.

On accepting this post, Dudley will hand over his role as Bristol ChemLabS Outreach Director to Tim Harrison

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