UAS Newsletter – July 2006

UAS Newsletter – July 2006

Dear Colleague

Welcome to the Summer edition of the UAS Newsletter.

We hope that this year has been both enjoyable and rewarding for all those involved with the scheme. It has been another successful year for UAS with around 400 students going out into over 260 schools and colleges across the country from Durham down to Plymouth. Students have undertaken a range of exciting and innovative projects in school designed to inspire pupils, some of which will feature in our end-of-year evaluation which will be available later in the summer.

The growth of UAS continues: 20 departments are currently signed up to run UAS for the first time in 2006/7 with more departments set to join them in the coming weeks. We would ask those departments planning on participating next year to return your sign-up letters to us as soon as possible.

Moving on

Congratulations go to Alex Brabbs, whom many of you will have worked with over the past two years, on her move to the Institute of Physics as their new Regional Manager for Yorkshire and the North East. Sharon Herkes will also be moving on at the end of August, although slightly further afield to Peru where she will be undertaking voluntary work. If anyone knows a Spanish teacher who can work miracles please let her know!

UAS carries onwards and upwards, however, with Brian Lockwood, our current administrator, looking after the day-to-day operation of UAS. Brian will be ensuring that all departments are supported, particularly those running UAS for the first time. As of September Professor Ray d’Inverno takes the helm to move UAS forward. As many of you will know, Ray was formerly an academic member of staff within the Maths department at Southampton University, one of the first departments to become involved. Thanks to his enthusiasm (and persuasive skills!) UAS is now established within 9 departments at Southampton, making him eminently well qualified to support and advise new and potential UAS departments.

Engineering Accreditation Board endorses UAS

We are delighted to announce formal endorsement of UAS by the Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB). Granted last month this endorsement recognises the contribution UAS is making to engineering and technology. This year, 5 Engineering departments ran UAS and we look forward to seeing a growth in these numbers with EAB endorsement. A copy of the endorsement letter can be viewed here.

Finally…

On a personal note both Alex and I would like to say what a pleasure it has been to be involved with those departmental staff participating in UAS. Their enthusiasm for the scheme and willingness to help promote it to others has been much appreciated. We look forward to receiving future UAS newsletters keeping us informed of its continued growth and success!

Wishing you all an enjoyable and sunny summer!

Sharon Herkes

Inspiring Education and Communication