Chocolate and Bubbles

18th October 1730 - 2030: Science Learning Center (South West)

This is a FREE course. Join Science Learning Centre South West in celebrating the International Year of Chemistry 2011.  This is a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind.  This evening event is an opportunity to attend workshops about the science of food, drink and bubbles.  Enjoy a glass of bubbly on arrival followed by a keynote talk on the Science of Taste and Flavour....Read more

9500 employers effected by UNISON vote

More than a million public sector workers are to vote on industrial action in the biggest ever union ballot, commencing today. It is the first time UNISON has balloted its entire membership for industrial action. Some 9500 separate employers are involved in the dispute. UNISON said that probation officers, nurses, social workers, teaching assistants, technicians, dinner ladies and hospital cleaners will be among those voting in the row over public sector pensions.

SAPS Associate Awards Offer

Members may be interested in a new grant scheme offered by Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS). The SAPS Associate Awards offer up to £500 to support the development of new resources in plant science topics aimed at 11-18 age range.
The awards are open to teachers and technicians from schools and colleges in the UK, you just need to be a member of the (free to join) SAPS Associate Scheme to apply.

NASUWT is the latest union to ballot for industrial action

NASUWT is the latest union to ballot for industrial action, following a unanimous agreement by its National Executive, and this decision has been welcomed by the other teaching unions. This will be the first time in over a decade that NASUWT has balloted for national action and its timetable would enable almost a quarter of a million members to strike this term in a challenge against excessive workloads and attacks on working conditions, pay, pensions and jobs.

Selecting and securing your passwords

Keep your passwords safeToday you need to remember many passwords. You need a password for your school network logon, your  e-mail account, your website's password, online banking passwords etc. etc. etc. The list is endless. There are many debates about how you should choose your passwords and each debate will discuss the relative security risks. Common to all of these debates is probably the human aspect of choosing a password. In other words, how do you balance a password that you can easily remember with the security of the system that you wish to protect?