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BBSRC announces new School Regional Champions

5 May 2011

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has launched a new UK-wide scheme to engage and inspire young people. School Regional Champions (SRCs) will support our funded researchers in the UK with public engagement activities for secondary schools and young people aged between 11 and 19.

Researchers will be able to access tools, activities and advice on best practice to support their public engagement with schools through a national network of SRCs. The scheme is open to applicants who are either undertaking research on a BBSRC-funded project and/or based at a BBSRC-funded institute or centre.

The SRC scheme will ensure that BBSRC funded researchers are able to confidently carry out public engagement linked to research grants, in line with the RCUK Concordat for engaging the public with research. SRCs will be appointed for two years and receive £800 p.a to develop and carry out public engagement activities with local schools. They can apply for additional project funding and will also receive travel and accommodation expenses to attend the annual SRC meeting.

School Regional Champions status will be awarded to 25 applicants following a competitive judging process by an expert panel including professional science communicators, policy makers and educationalists.

Focused engagement with young people aged 11-19 aims to promote positive attitudes to science and technology that often sees a decline in this age group and thereby encourage further study of science subjects.

The establishment and running of the School Regional Champion scheme will be undertaken by the BBSRC Inspiring Young Scientist Co-ordinator - Tristan Maclean. Support and guidance on carrying out engagement activities with young people will also be provided by Tristan.

For more details please visit: www.bbsrc.ac.uk/src.

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