Dear Ambassadors

The Higher Education STEM networking event –
what I wish I had known when I was 20!

STEMNET aims to provide engagement with Ambassadors for all young people aged 5-19 years, covering primary and secondary school education. But encouraging STEM careers is much needed post-school years too. It is a fact that after university many graduates do not pursue a career in their degree subject – maybe due to lack of insight into career paths, too much competition for their skills from other professions and lack of awareness as to how their skills are so necessary for real economic growth. Amazingly, I spoke to undergraduate chemists who told me that the financial institutions are the keenest competitors for their skills these days.

Alysia Batterby at The Higher Education STEM networking eventTo address the issues, STEMNET is running a series of pilot sessions in seven selected universities across the UK. Cardiff University has been selected as the location of one of these pilot sessions.

On February 7 the first session was held for undergraduates of biosciences. The evening was arranged in mini networking discussions, with students meeting each Ambassador in small groups of 3 or 4. This enabled them to have informal but informative dialogues on their career and progress following their chosen degree.

It was a very impressive first pilot. The Ambassador team of Kim Cushing, Fiona Wylie Dr Alysia Battersby (pictured with students), Katie Bamsey, and Dr Steve Capper all earned admiration, praise and thanks from the students – as evidenced by the post-feedback comments:

Susan speaks their language!

STEM Ambassador Susan Jones visits Ysgol Y Strade, LlanelliAmbassador Susan Jones visited Ysgol Y Strade in Llanelli as part of the project 'STEM and Languages in Business and Industry'.

Susan is pictured in her highly engaging and motivational workshop which was deemed a great success by all who attended.

Susan's professional expertise in engineering has enabled her to follow a career path which encompassed non-technical roles and business support in Tata Steel. She is also fluent in both French and Welsh, and gave the pupils an opportunity to meet a true 'polymath'!

A sample of the pupils' feedback:

Meeting the Ambassadors – the perfect location?

Ambassador Chris Smedley with Helen HughesNewly arrived in Wales, Ambassador Chris Hopkins met up with local See Science recruiter Helen Hughes at Pembrokeshire's Broad Haven beach to gain insight into the Ambassador Programme in Wales and also for a new ID check.

A stunning location and fortunately a rare sunny day – we are very pleased to welcome Chris to the Ambassador Programme in Wales as part of our strong skills base in Pembrokeshire.

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Feedback comments

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Please send us feedback on any event you have attended (whatever your experience may be) online here.

Ambassador induction meetings

The next series of inductions will take place on the following dates – to book a place contact ambassadors@see-science.co.uk. Newly-registered Ambassadors must attend an induction meeting and bring their ID documents with them. Approved Ambassadors are also welcome to attend.

Other dates can be arranged if none of the above are suitable – contact ambassadors@see-science.co.uk.

Current schools requests for Ambassador support

For find out more about each request, follow the ‘more information’ link. This will take you to the relevant section on the current STEM Ambassador requests web page. If you are able to contribute to any of the following requests, or would like more details about them before deciding, please contact ambassadors@see-science.co.uk.

  1. North Wales schools. Smallpeice Trust workshop support. 15 March, Ysgol John Bright Llandudno, 16 April Connah's Quay, Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Llanwrst Conwy LL26 0SD – date to be confirmed. More information…
  2. Brecon. Meet the Teachers. Dates in agreement with Ambassadors. More information…
  3. All Wales. Parlez-vous Science? Ambassadors with skills in another language are eagerly sought. More information…
  4. Powys. Rocket Science Session. 7 March. Arddleen Primary School Llanymynech, Support required for a Rocket Challenge Science Session at the school. More information…
  5. Ystrad Mynach. Robotics expert and / or French speaking Ambassador. Spring Term dates to be agreed. More information…
  6. Denbighshire. Interdependence of Organisms. April 22-26. Ysgol Maes Hyfryd, Cynwyd, Corwen. More information…
  7. Cwmbran. Solar or Wind Power Application and Technology. The teacher is seeking an Ambassador to present a talk on Solar Power or Wind Power supporting curriculum topics at KS4 level (14 / 15 years). More information…
  8. Cardiff University. University Graduate College Cardiff University is planning an event to showcase the contributions that PhD students make to public engagement. More information…
  9. Rhondda Cynon Taf. The teacher is seeking an Ambassador to speak on techniques used in industry to a year 12 applied science class. More information…
  10. Newport. Can you magic up an idea to connect the Harry Potter stories to a science demonstration? More information…
  11. Cardiff. Science Gallery workshop assistants. National Museum of Wales. Ambassadors from all STEM backgrounds are welcome to offer any time as suits their schedule to assist at various dates through the season. More information…
  12. Cardiff University. Higher Education STEM Networking Event. Earth Sciences, Environmental Science; Ocean Science; Geosciences. 29 or 30 April 4-6pm. More information…
  13. Wales-wide. If you have not yet been interviewed for Rhys' radio show Pythagoras Trousers he would welcome Ambassadors to make contact and take part in a telephone interview if they are not accessible to the Cardiff studios. More information…
  14. Caerphilly. STEM Ambassadors involved in engineering careers are greatly in demand to enlighten A level pupils about careers and qualifications in Engineering. Flexible dates to Ambassadors schedules. More information…
  15. Llanelli & Neath. Ambassadors are eagerly sought to attend as 'Mock Interviewers'. No preparation required. More information…
  16. Raglan Primary School are attempting their first Inspirational Science Week. The teacher is in need of STEM Ambassadors who could wow the children with the awe and wonder that is inherent with Science but not always captured by class teachers. More information…
  17. Cardiff, Caerphilly, Vale of Glamorgan. Life Sciences Challenge Quiz Masters required. May – July. More information…
  18. Abertillery. If you are either A Food Technologist or an Engineer technologist this school would love to discuss ideas for hosting your visit. Spring Term dates to be confirmed. More information…
  19. Bangor. Following a hugely successful visit by a STEM Ambassador, the school would welcome further visits from Ambassadors of all disciplines. Any dates as negotiable. More information…
  20. Newport. Ambassadors with knowledge of Crude Oils; Minerals; Metals or aspects of STEM related to these subjects are eagerly sought to supplement the pupils work on their project. . More information…
  21. Swansea. Ambassadors who can offer insight into the world of Product Design are keenly sought to contribute to a session on either 6 or 7 March. More information…
  22. Cardiff. Year A Year 10 activity day to prepare students for their work experience. 13 March. More information…
  23. Pontypool. Space and Astronomy Week. 15-24 March. New Inn Primary School, Pontypool. More information…
  24. Neath. Sustainability Talk. Wednesdays, April – July. More information…
  25. Newport. PCR and Gel Electrophoresis for A level Biology. Dates flexible. . More information…

Other Ambassador opportunities

For more information on each of these other opportunities, follow the link. This will take you to the other STEM Ambassador opportunities web page.

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