UAS Newsletter – November 2005

UAS Newsletter – November 2005

Dear Colleague

Welcome to the Autumn Edition of the UAS Newsletter.

We have had a very busy time over the past few months and are delighted to report that the new academic year sees 54 STEM departments running UAS modules – the greatest number ever since its launch in 2002.

As well as the traditional departments of Maths, Physics, Chemistry etc. taking part in UAS, we are very pleased to welcome a range of new subject areas this year including Anatomy, Biochemistry, Genetics, Geology, Earth Sciences, Biomedical & Molecular Science and Geography (click here for full list).

We would like this expansion into wider subject areas to be a continuing trend, and would ask all of you who are currently running UAS to encourage other departments within your university to consider adopting it too.

New Information Pack & New Recruitment Drive

We are also pleased to announce that we have just launched a vibrant new look with the production of our Information Pack which is being sent to universities across the country as part of our latest recruitment drive.
The Pack includes information for universities and schools, case studies of students who have completed the module and comments from academics and professional bodies.

The new look was developed following Market Research conducted on behalf of UAS which showed there was some confusion between the range of different ‘ambassador’ schemes available. In order to increase our profile and differentiate ourselves from other schemes, we decided to refresh our image and produce a new range of literature. We also have adverts running in the THES and are just about to embark on a series of Regional Conferences in November for departments interested in finding out more about UAS. (see below).

For free copies of the new Information Pack please call Brian Lockwood on 01757 210865 or email

UAS Regional Conferences

We are inviting academic staff from university departments across the country to attend our Regional Conferences, designed to provide further information to those interested in participating in UAS in the future. As well as hearing from UAS staff, those attending will have the chance to listen to academics and students who have already participated in the scheme – and to discover how and why it has been such a success for them.

Attendance is free and all travel expenses will be reimbursed. Delegates from previous such events have found them extremely useful and informative.

Venues and dates

University of Sheffield

Wednesday 9 November 2005

University of Bristol

Wednesday 16 November 2005

Kings College, London

Wednesday 23 November 2005

University of Birmingham

Wednesday 30 November 2005


1.00 – 1.30pm

Welcome lunch

1.30 – 1.45pm

Introduction and UAS overview

1.45 – 2.15pm

Presentation by university academic staff plus questions

2.15 – 2.35pm

Presentation from UAS student plus questions

2.35 – 3:00pm

Question and Answer session

To register for the conferences please contact Dr Alex Brabbs, UAS Project Manager by telephone on 01904 641488 or by email at

UAS 2004/5 Evaluation

The end of year evaluation revealed how successful UAS has been for all participants, and once again all departments and schools involved last year wish to continue their involvement again this year.

The key findings were:

  • all academic staff felt that UAS had been of benefit to their undergraduates
  • 99% of undergraduates felt that the UAS module had improved their transferable skills and would recommend it to other undergraduates
  • all schools receiving a UAS undergraduate wished to do so again this year
  • a number of teachers felt that having a UAS undergraduate in their classroom had helped to update their specialist subject knowledge and had contributed to their professional development
  • 24% of undergraduates had applied for a teacher training course after completion of the UAS module and a further 18% intended to apply

To view the full 2004/5 evaluation click here.

It Doesn’t Add Up – article on from Simon Singh

‘A dozen Hollywood film and television mathematicians are not worth one genuine teacher when it comes to inspiring young minds’ – this was the opening paragraph of an article written by UAS co-founder Simon Singh, who was invited by the Education.Guardian editor recently to comment on the reasons for developing a scheme such a scheme as UAS.

To read the article in full, click here.

We hope you have found the information provided in this newsletter of interest. For further details about any of the above, please see or contact me on

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