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The Society for Natural Sciences announces the accreditation of UK degree programmes

24th January 2022

The Society for Natural Sciences is delighted to announce the first group of institutions whose degree programmes they have accredited. These programmes have achieved the standards set out in the Society’s accreditation framework and are recognised as offering outstanding quality interdisciplinary science education, providing students with excellent learning opportunities and skills development to prepare them for future careers in research, education, business or industry.

Professor Nicky King, Chair of the Society for Natural Sciences says,

We are proud to have implemented this first of its kind interdisciplinary accreditation scheme, which is already improving the way interdisciplinary science is taught in the UK. We’re delighted for all those successful institutions and hope this is just the start of a rewarding partnership with them, and others who apply in the future, to continue to raise both standards and opportunities for studying interdisciplinary science in the UK.”

Programmes at the following institutions have achieved accreditation by the Society for Natural Sciences:

University of Bath

University of Birmingham

University of Exeter

Keele University

University of Leeds

Loughborough University

University of Nottingham

The Open University

UCL

University of York

Interdisciplinary Perspective E-Seminar

We’re delighted to launch of 2022 programme of e-seminars the first of which will be delivered by Derek Raine from the University of Leicester. His seminar  “This is what we believe – a perspective on interdisciplinarity” will take on Thursday 27th January 2022 from 12.00-12.50. Please register via this event link to receive joining details of the event.

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 12.00-12.50 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!

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

Student Conference 2022

Registration is now open for the 5th Natural Sciences Student conference.

This is a great chance to meet other interdisciplinary scientists and share your views and ideas. There is always a good representation from Universities across the UK, with some excellent keynote speakers organised.

Please click here for more info.

Lectureship Vacancy – UCL

The Natural Sciences programme at UCL is currently advertising a new post of Lecturer in Science and Society. We would be very grateful if you could advertise this opportunity within your networks.  More info on the job description and application portal can be found here.

The role will be partly shaped by the appointee’s background and expertise, but will involve working on our science and society strand of interdisciplinary core modules, helping students develop professional and communication skills to complement their science subject knowledge.  Our core modules currently focus on developing skills in computing and communication as well as research ethics and other questions relating to science and society. 

Applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds are encouraged to apply, the programme team believes strongly in equality, diversity and inclusion for both staff and students and is happy to receive applications from candidates with a strong academic science background as well as those with other relevant professional experiences. 

The deadline is November 15th, with applicants being informed shortly afterwards for interview on November 25th.

PedR Seminar – Innovating, Integrating, and Influencing: a science program for the 21st century

We’re delighted to announce our first international Natural Sciences Learning and Teaching e-Seminar this month, which will be will be delivered by Sarah Symons from the Integrated Science Programme at McMaster University, Canada.

Her seminar “Innovating, Integrating, and Influencing: a science program for the 21st century” will take place on Thursday 25th November 2021 from 13.00-14.00. Please register via this event link to receive joining details of the event.

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!

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

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)

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