The Royals Society of Chemistry is interested to find out how they are perceived across a range of audiences. They are undertaking a reputation survey. The responses to this survey will to help guide some of our future planning and decision-making, and as one of our key stakeholders, we would like to invite you to take part.

We want to make sure that our work accurately represents the interests, and supports the needs, of the chemical science community. That is why we would like to hear from you. We have engaged the Reputation Consultancy to conduct this research on our behalf.

Please take a few minutes to fill in our short survey by 27 September.

We really appreciate you taking the time to help shape our work. Thank you.

Helen Pain
Deputy Chief Executive
Royal Society of Chemistry

Europe’s Largest Science Education CPD Conference takes place at the University of Reading's Whiteknights Campus.

The most cost-effective, subject-specific CPD for all teachers of science & Science technicians. Build the ASE Annual Conference into your CPD & School Development Plan. Delegate bookings are now live - book before 25th October to take advantage of the early-bird rates!


Biology Week 2019 is from 5th-13th October and showcases the important and amazing world of the biosciences, getting everyone from children to professional biologists involved in fun and interesting life science activities. 

Now in its eight year, Biology Week will see events take place all over the world that celebrate biology, get more people involved and aware of the subject, and encourages as many people as possible to embrace their enthusiasm for the subject.

Events get more diverse every year and can be run by anyone with enthusiasm for biology; science festivals, Big Biology Days, dino digs, competitions, lectures, fungal forays, music and storytelling - anyone and everyone can get involved. Are you getting Involved? Find out how to here.... 

Here is what is happening so far

Here is the scenario. You applied for a job as a Science technician. You are academically qualified, you have several years experience working in a similar position. You attended an interview and did your very best. Everything looks good and then the letter drops on your doormat. Its a rejection letter. So you ask yourself, what happened. Why did I not get the job.

This is a follow up on an earlier article on the TecHKnow Wiki about Job Interviews in general. The articles look at the process from the perspective of the candidate and the interviewer. You should check these out beforehand.

Even though I am a Senior Science Technician, I am also a trained and qualified manager. For reference Chartered institute of Management Diploma (Level 6)  back in 2000. Having studied recruitment as part of my course, here are the 7 main reasons why people who "think" they should have got the job - but didn't.  You may be surprised at the what is to follow and I do not intentionally wish to offend anybody. This is more for information.

The seven main reasons are as follows:

This one-day practical course for Science technicians focuses on building the knowledge, key skills and techniques you need to effectively support A level physics teaching. It will take place on November 12th between 0930 and 1600 at UCL Instute of Education in London. Chris Pambou will be delivering the course. More details here....

You'll learn how to effectively support a range of practical activities through hands-on experience of a variety of apparatus and experiments.

The course will cover:
• The new A level curriculum
• Risks in physics
• Atomic and nuclear physics
• Materials and mechanics
• Electricity and magnetism
• Wave behaviour.

This course is suitable for all secondary school and college science technicians, supporting A level physics or for those who would like to gain experience in physics support. The course is delivered mainly as a practical workshop with some lectures/discussion. You'll get a certificate of attendance on completing the course.

About Chris Pambou

Chris Pambou is a chief science technician at a very successful inner London college with over 40 years’ experience. He has been training technicians for many years here in the UK and abroad. A RSci and member of the IST, he is passionate in the development and professional registration for technicians. He has been involved in a number of physics projects and is joint author of Salter’s Horner’s AS & A2 Advanced Physics Book and Teachers and Technician Manuals.

For more information about this course and how to register, please click here

The Trustee Body are pleased to announce that Simon Quinnell has been elected by the membership of the Association to be their Chair. Simon is a teacher trainer at the University of York, but many members will remember Simon from his time at STEM Learning (formerly The National Science Learning Centre) where he ran numerous courses. These included practical work and biology, but he also played a central role in raising the professional profile of school science technicians through the STACS programme. Simon is a member of Yorkshire and the Humber region ASE committee, serves on the national technicians committee and runs popular hands on workshops at ASE conferences.

About the ASE's Chair Trio

People like Simon who give up their time voluntarily to support the ASE by agreeing to be nominated as Chair of the Association are taking on a three-year commitment. They work as part of a team of three (the ‘Chair Trio’) with an annual change in role, to ensure the committees and the members are supported by staff and trustees in fulfilling the aims of the organisation. They are also asked to represent the ASE regionally, nationally and internationally.

From August 1st 2019:

  • Chair Elect – Simon Quinnell
  • Chair – Janice Griffiths
  • Past Chair – Mary Whitehouse

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