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Higher Education

The R W Thomson lecture by Dr Peter Hughes presented the Primary Engineer Programmes that aims to emphasise the importance of the industry within education and the Scottish economy.
Edinburgh Napier University BEng Polymer Engineering graduates, 2014.
Study of mould surface effects leads to award of PhD.
The winner of the SPRA 2014 Student Scholarship, an award sponsored by SPRA Corporate Member, Arburg, is Surya Prakash Vesavkar.
Congratulations to SPRA student members graduating from Edinburgh Napier University in June 2013
Nathan Minors, a design student at Edinburgh Napier University, wins the SPRA Scholarship, sponsored by ARBURG UK.
Two Edinburgh Napier University students on the Mechatronics programme picked up the gold award at the UK World Skills Challenge.
Stuart Martin, a new SPRA member, and John Wilcox, a former SPRA Council member, have both received awards from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Two SPRA student award winners completed their studies by graduating from Edinburgh Napier University alongside other SPRA student members.
Edinburgh Napier University has received professional accreditation from IOM3 for its Polymer Engineering Programmes.
SPRA Council Members, Colin Hindle and Mike Barker, attended at the 2012 Plastindia exhibition to recruit students to polymer engineering programmes at Edinburgh Napier University.
Edinburgh Napier University Polymer Engineering student, Parmar Rushabh Rajendrakumar has been awarded a gold medal for his performance on the Diploma in Polymer Engineering course which he had completed in India.
SPRA student members and SPRA scholarship winners featured in the June graduation ceremony at Edinburgh Napier University.
SPRA student member, Conan McLaren, describes his experiences of an industrial placement at James Walker, specialists in fluid sealing technology, as part of his studies in polymer engineering at Edinburgh Napier University.
SPRA provided travel assistance to allow a student on the MSc Advanced Materials Engineering programme at Edinburgh Napier University to travel to Italy to test rocket fuel formulations based on polybutadiene.
With the support of other local societies in the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the SPRA organised a public lecture in memory of the prolific Scottish innovator, Robert William Thomson. The inaugural lecture, “Engineering the Future: learning from past innovators”, was delivered by Prof William M Banks, President of the Engineering and Technology Association (Scotland) (SCOTETA)
Cogent Sector Skills Council has issued a Polymer Education and Training Provision Guide based on the report and database prepared by SPRA.
SPRA is preparing a report and database for Cogent SSC on the provision of education and training in polymer science and engineering in the UK at all levels of academic achievement.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to polymer education at universities and college

Schools

Fantastic Plastic Tour of Scotland
Fantastic Plastic, the schools lecture, is coming back again.....
Professor Averil Macdonald delivered her inspirational Fantastic Plastic lecture to over 1200 school pupils and teachers over 2 days in September.
Fantastic Plastic again proved to be a great success amongst school pupils and apprentices. An audience of 400 were enthralled by Professor Averil Macdonald’s presentation.
The Schools Lecture ‘Fantastic Plastic’ attracted almost 2,300 pupils and teachers from 50 schools, with 8 performances at 6 venues across Scotland in the first week of September.
The intensive Polymer Study Tour, a residential course based at Edinburgh Napier University, once again proved a great hit for the teachers of science and design & technology.
The highly popular SPRA Schools Lecture, ‘Fantastic Plastic’ was delivered by Prof Averil Macdonald at three venues to a total audience of almost 1000 pupils and teachers.
Once again Colin Hindle and his team organised a successful residential course for teachers of science, design and technology at Edinburgh Napier University, to augment their understanding of polymeric materials and awareness of the plastics and rubber industry.
The SPRA Schools Lecture in 2011 has inspired design students at Newbattle Community High School to incorporate the latest polymeric materials into their design projects which has led to a partnership between Newbattle and the NHS.
SPRA had an exhibition stand at the Technology Teachers’ Association annual conference in Edinburgh to alert teachers to SPRA’s support for teaching polymers in schools.
Callum Magill, a student at Douglas Academy, displayed the results of the project he undertook at Rolls-Royce in Inchinnan under the Nuffield Foundation Science Bursary scheme
Professor Averil Macdonald explains to SPRA members and other science and engineering professionals how she uses polymers in her Fantastic Plastic lectures to make science and technology more interesting to school pupils.
Prof Macdonald informed and entertained a total of 650 pupils and teachers with her lecture demonstration ‘Fantastic Plastic’, demonstrating the potential of careers in science and technology.
The residential course for teachers of science, design and technology at Edinburgh Napier University again proved a successful initiative for enhancing the understanding of polymeric materials and awareness of the plastics and rubber industry at school level.
Rosti UK, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility has been carrying out projects with local primary schools to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Chris Clark describes his experiences as a STEM Ambassador, visiting schools with the “Lab in a Lorry” project to encourage interest in science and engineering.
At a 'Celebration Event' in the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh, Renfrew High School pupil, Hasan Jamal shared, with students, teachers, supervisors and guests, the results of his six week science project carried out at Rolls Royce (Inchinnan) under the supervision of SPRA Council Member, Andrew Russell.
Booking for the Polymer Study Tours 2011 are now open. This year the Tours will be FREE for schools.
SPRA organised two Schools Lectures, in Edinburgh and Glasgow, for 750 pupils from 21 schools; the entertaining lecture entitled ‘Fantastic Plastic’ was delivered by Prof Averil Macdonald, Reading University.
A report from the student teacher sponsored by SPRA, on his experiences on the popular course designed to assist the teaching of polymers and associated technology in schools.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to polymer education for schools.

Skills Development

The meeting, attended by a wide range of plastics companies, training providers, Cogent and the Worshipful Company of Horners, confirmed its interest in all levels of education from primary school to degree level and formulated a plan to establish the training needs across the industry.
2015 dates have been set for this popular FREE 4 day residential CPD course for 11 to 19 teachers of Science and Design Technology.
SPRA Corporate Member, Solutions4Polymers, has teamed up with G&A Technologies to create a new vocational qualification, Diploma in Manufacturing Polymer Technologies
Two Scottish plastics companies, Rosti UK Ltd and DS Smith Plastics Ltd, provided both the winner and the runner-up in the UK Polymer Apprentice of the Year competition for 2012, organised by Cogent Sector Skills Council and the Worshipful Company of Horners.
The Scottish Polymer Employer Network meeting addressed the diminishing opportunities for polymer specific education and training and explored possible solutions to the situation.
Cogent SSC held talks with employers and providers about provision of education and training for the polymer sector in Scotland.
Cogent Sector Skills Council has issued a Polymer Education and Training Provision Guide based on the report and database prepared by SPRA.
SPRA is preparing a report and database for Cogent SSC on the provision of education and training in polymer science and engineering in the UK at all levels of academic achievement.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to skills development in the polymer sector.

Other Education

SPRA Corporate Member, Solutions4Polymers, has teamed up with G&A Technologies to create a new vocational qualification, Diploma in Manufacturing Polymer Technologies
Dr Diane Aston, IOM3, delivered the second R W Thomson Lecture on Materials in Action at Techfest in Aberdeen
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to other forms of education relevant to the polymer sector.

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Events Diary

Fantastic Plastic Edinburgh 2017 E1

30 August 2017
Craiglockhart Campus,Glenlockhart Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1DJ

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Fantastic Plastic Edinburgh 2017 E2

30 August 2017
Craiglockhart Campus,Glenlockhart Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1DJ

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Fantastic Plastic Aberdeen 2017 A1

31 August 2017
University of Aberdeen

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Fantastic Plastic Aberdeen 2017 A2

31 August 2017
University of Aberdeen

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Fantastic Plastic Glasgow 2017 G1

01 September 2017
University Avenue Glasgow G12 8QQ

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Fantastic Plastic Glasgow 2017 G2

01 September 2017
University Avenue Glasgow G12 8QQ

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