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The Engineering Education Scheme: the benefits of volunteering as a mentor

Brogan MacDonald is a Graduate Structural Engineer at Ramboll who has recently completed a six-month-long STEM Ambassador activity. She discusses the benefits of long-term STEM engagement and how mentoring has developed her personally and professionally.  As a STEM Ambassador, it is certainly possible to wow a class of students with a...


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Equality, diversity and inclusion: how STEM Ambassadors are inspiring the next generation

Sotira Georgiou is a Structural Engineer at Ramboll and is the Lead of Ramboll UK STEM Network as part of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. As a passionate and enthusiastic STEM Ambassador, Sotira has an active role in inspiring the younger generation on the importance of STEM subjects.Ramboll’s STEM network is focussed on...


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Volunteering, in and out of your comfort zone

Natalie Cheung is a STEM Ambassador and STEM Ambassador Coordinator in the London hub. She was recently awarded the University of Manchester Alumni Volunteer of the Year award and University Medal for Social Responsibility for her International Development voluntary work in Togo and Zambia.I started volunteering as a STEM Ambassador while studying...


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Vocal volunteering, talking tech, speaking STEM

Miranda Webb is an IT and business change leader and STEM Ambassador, who is passionate about community and diversity. She shares her reasons for becoming a STEM Ambassador and a recent experience that reinforced the positive impact that volunteering has.I became a STEM Ambassador because I didn’t think society was doing enough to prepare young...


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Meet Jen: Trainee Clinical Scientist

My name is Jen and I’m a trainee Medical Physicist in the Radiotherapy Department at St. James’ Hospital in Leeds. I’m currently training to become a qualified Clinical Scientist in Radiotherapy Physics as part of the national Scientist Training Programme.Before I go into too much detail about my current role, I’ll just give you a bit of...


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Embedding good careers guidance in the curriculum

Good careers guidance should be a cornerstone of any well-rounded curriculum, with learners being empowered to make informed choices on their future. For many years, careers guidance in schools and colleges has often lacked rigour and is likely partly responsible for the decline in recruitment to STEM-related careers.For various reasons,...


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Meet the winners of 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Awards: Richard Spencer

Dr Richard Spencer, Head of Science at Middlesbrough College, and the winner of the 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Award for Excellence in STEM teaching –  Further Education category shares his experience about the difference the award has made to him, his school and pupils.Many teachers go ‘above and beyond’ their day-to-day commitments....


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Starting out as a STEM Ambassador: tell your story and inspire young people

I count myself to be extremely fortunate with the exposure I got to STEM careers as a kid. Even at a very young age I saw what a day to day work of an engineer involves as my father was a civil engineer.I loved the experience I got when I went on site visits with him, looked at project designs and asked him silly questions about it. My father...


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Inspire your students to go further with National Careers Week

This week is all about careers and apprenticeships, so why not inspire your students with the wealth of careers available in STEM subjects? We’ve put together our top ten ways to help link your students’ learning to careers and career pathways.Free online CPDDiscover how to link your curriculum in STEM subjects to the relevant careers available....


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Meet the winners of 2018 ENTHUSE Celebration Awards: Amanda Watts

Amanda Watts is Director of Science Support at Aldridge School, Walsall, West Midlands and the winner of the 2018 ENTHUSE Award for Excellence in STEM teaching – Technicians. She tells us about her career, the experience of winning the award and what it meant for her personally, the school and the pupils.Last year I turned 50 and after 33 years of...


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