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Vacancy within the Society for Natural Sciences

Secretarial Assistance 

The Society are looking to employ a part-time secretary to assist with committee work. The role involves creating doodle polls for committee meetings, writing agendas, keeping minutes and action logs of online meetings (either by attendance online or from recordings), distributing marketing materials and other administrative tasks by mutual agreement. The position is a zero-hours contract, working from home. The hours, which will be irregular (depending on when committees are meeting), will on average amount to about 2 hours per week.   

Relevant experience is essential.  

For further information, to discuss the role or to apply email  ceo@socnatsci.com 

Closing date 28 Oct 2021  

Derek Raine  

CEO, Society for Natural Sciences  

Reg Charity 1181964 

PedR Seminar – Reflections on building an National Teaching Fellowship case

The Society for Natural Sciences Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Group host a series of monthly lunchtime online seminars to support dissemination and discussion of best practice in an interdisciplinary science education. These informal webinars take place online from 13.00-13.50 on the final Thursday of each month and start with an introductory presentation from a member of the network followed by question and answers/discussion. They are open and free to attend (for both members of the Society and non-members)-so do feel free to extend the invitation to colleagues!

Our next seminar, Natural Sciences Learning and Teaching October e-Seminar: “Reflections on building an National Teaching Fellowship case” will be delivered by Jane White from the University of Bath and will take on Thursday 28th October 2021 from 13.00-14.00. Please register via this event to receive joining details on the morning of the event.

SNS PedR/SoTL group (pedr@socnatsci.org)

Upcoming Seminars – July 2021

The Society for Natural Sciences (supported by Advance HE) will be hosting two online workshops to support academics entitled “Getting into Pedagogic Research” this July.

Documenting interventions in education and their consequences has always been of value, but especially so in times of rapid adaptation such as have been brought about by the global pandemic. So, if you are involved in changing the way you teach it is useful to approach this as a research project, documenting what you did and why and evaluating the outcomes against your initial aims. These two on-line seminars are designed as a guide for teaching staff in STEM in HE who may not have much, if any, experience of educational research.

6 July 2.00-3.30pm The first seminar will focus on formulating a viable research question including some of the ethical issues involved

8 July 2.00-3.30 pm The second seminar will involve evaluating the research and writing it up for publication.

Presenters: Professor Derek Raine & Dr Sarah Gretton (University of Leicester)

The seminars are free to Members of the Society for Natural Sciences, but you will need to register (Advance HE Connect | Events (advance-he.ac.uk). Recordings will also be available to members.

E-Seminar: Blended Gold Standard PBL- Issues and Achievements

The Society for Natural Sciences Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Group will be hosting monthly lunchtime online seminars throughout 2021 to support dissemination and discussion of best practice in an interdisciplinary science education. These informal webinars have an introductory presentation from a member of the network followed by question and answers/discussion. Subjects scheduled so far include: assessments, interdisciplinary project work and evaluation of student skills. The seminars take place online 13.00-14.00 on the final Thursday of each month, and are open and free to attend (for both members of the Society and non-members).

Our next seminar, Natural Sciences Learning and Teaching April e-Seminar: “Blended Gold Standard PBL- Issues and Achievements” will be delivered by Corrina Cory from the University of Exeter will take on Thursday 24th June 2021 from 13.00-14.00. Please register via this event to receive joining details for the event.

SNS PedR/SoTL group (pedr@socnatsci.org)

Natural Sciences Seminar: A Long Way From Home!

Using Interdisciplinary Science To Investigate The Long-Range Transport & Fate Of Polluting Chemicals In The Arctic

June 14 @ 13:30 – 14:30

Professor Cris Halsall, Society For Natural Sciences

There are an array of chemicals (certain pesticides, industrial chemicals etc) that are very persistent in the environment and pose a health risk to humans and wildlife.

Some of these chemicals can undergo long range environmental transport and end up in very remote regions like the Arctic.

With a focus on organofluorine ‘forever’ chemicals Professor Cris Halsall (Director of Natural Sciences at Lancaster University) will explore the interdisciplinary science used to understand this issue as well as improve global chemical-use policy.

In this event, Cris is representing the Society for Natural Sciences, a national learned society that promotes interdisciplinary science education and research.

Society for Natural Sciences Learning and Teaching e-Seminars- May event

The Society for Natural Sciences Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Group are hosting a series of monthly lunchtime online seminars in 2021 to support dissemination and discussion of best practice in an interdisciplinary science education. These informal webinars take place online 13.00-14.00 on the final Thursday of each month and start with an introductory presentation from a member of the network followed by question and answers/discussion. They are open and free to attend (for both members of the Society and non-members)-so do feel free to extend the invitation to colleagues!

Our next seminar, Natural Sciences Learning and Teaching May e-Seminar: “Youtube videos in teaching biology: the example of cell division” will be delivered by Pat Heslop-Harrison from the University of Leicester and will take on Thursday 27th May 2021 from 13.00-14.00. Please register via this event to receive joining details on the morning of the event.

SNS PedR/SoTL group (pedr@socnatsci.org)

Webinar – Advancing Forensic Capabilities Via Natural Sciences: Fingerprints, Fluids, Fish Oil And … A Gerbil?!

Dr Paul Kelly, Society For Natural Sciences

Date: May 17 Time:13:30 – 14:15

Event Categories: BiologyChemistryHE Application & Student LifeInformation TechnologyLawMathematicsPhysics

Ever wondered how to image a fingerprint that is no longer there? How to make yourself see better in the dark, or how to show what that worrying looking stain on the wall might be? Oh, and how to clamp down on any gerbils who may be planning a life of crime?!

Never fear, here we have the answers. In this talk Dr Paul Kelly will show how Natural Sciences have contributed to such cross-disciplinary research and helped shape entirely new approaches to aspects of forensic science. This includes inventing and commercialising a system capable of retrieving fingerprints from fired ammunition casings and bomb fragments.  Using these examples, we will think what the study of Natural Sciences means for student employability and careers in general.

Dr Kelly is a Reader in Inorganic Chemistry who lectures on a number of modules taken by Natural Sciences students at Loughborough University. In this event, he is representing the Society for Natural Sciences, a national learned society that promotes interdisciplinary science education and research.

Monthly Seminars

The Society for Natural Sciences Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Group will be hosting the second of our monthly lunchtime online seminars for 2021 to support dissemination and discussion of best practice in an interdisciplinary science education. These informal webinars have an introductory presentation from a member of the network followed by question and answers/discussion. Subjects scheduled so far include: assessments, interdisciplinary project work and evaluation of student skills. The seminars will take place online 13.00-14.00 on the final Thursday of each month, and will be open and free to attend (for both members of the Society and non-members).

Our next seminar, Natural Sciences Learning and Teaching April e-Seminar: “Pedagogical games in Higher Education Mathematics” will be delivered by Layal Hakim from the University of Exeter will take on Thursday 29th April 2021 from 13.00-14.00. Please register via this event to receive joining details on the morning of the event.

SNS PedR/SoTL group (pedr@socnatsci.org)

Accreditation of Natural Sciences Programmes

The Society of Natural Sciences (SNS) is seeking to recruit academic accreditors to serve on the accreditation panels conducting accreditation of Natural Sciences degree programmes.  The Accreditation Committee of the SNS is intending to recruit a pool of accreditation assessors from both within the Society and outside the Society. The role is suited to those academics who have an interest beyond their own science discipline, who wish to broaden their expertise and add to their own portfolio of expertise in programme or subject assessment.

If you are interested in learning more about this, please see here for more info and a link to the application form.

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