Smash a wine glass with sound, create spiral rainbows, use light to heal wounds and explore medical optoelectronics – volunteers needed!

Do these things sound intriguing? Are you interested in communicating science to a young audience? Lab in a Lorry needs volunteers with a scientific or enginering background for events across Wales during school term-time from September 2015 until March 2017.

What is Lab in a Lorry?

Lab in a Lorry is an interactive mobile laboratory which gives young people (11 – 14 year olds) the opportunity to explore science through open-ended experiments. volunteers guide the students through the experiments (optoelectronics and medicine, sound and resonance, light scattering and colours) and make sure everyone gets to be involved through hands-on experience.

Download more information, including a schedule of dates and locations:
Lab in a Lorry – Volunteer flyer and tour schedule – Wales

Here is the Lab in a Lorry map of current locations.

Daiwa Scholarships 2016

The closing date for submitting applications for the Daiwa Scholarship programme is Thursday, 3 December 2015.

The Daiwa Scholarship is a unique 19-month programme of language study, work placement and homestay in Japan, following a month of Japanese language tuition in the UK. Daiwa Scholarships offer young and talented UK citizens with strong leadership potential, the opportunity to acquire Japanese language skills, and to access expertise and knowledge relevant to their career goals.

The selected Daiwa Scholars will undertake a month of Japanese language study in the UK during August 2016 before moving to Japan in mid-September 2016 for the remainder of the Scholarship.

No previous experience of Japan or Japanese is necessary.

As of November 2015, 153 Daiwa Scholars – including scientists, artists, academics, lawyers and architects – have benefited from the Daiwa Scholarships.

Daiwa Scholarships are provided by the Foundation to encourage better understanding between both countries.

Click here to listen to an interview between 2014 Daiwa Scholar, Freyja Sewell, and the BBC’s Dan Damon on the World Service’s World Update.

Download the online application form and notes here.

The Foundation is also happy to provide advice about possible applications – please contact Email:

Part of the Global entrepreneurship Week programme at Swansea University
A must for any budding entrepreneur – all welcome!

Date/time: 16 November 2015, 3-4 pm
Where: Room 222 Wallace Building

Dr Minshad Ansari established Bionema, a small start-up company in 2012. This company, based in ILS1 at Swansea University has grown from strength to strength, recently gaining accreditation for Official Recognition of Efficacy Testing facilities or Organisations (ORETO) for testing in Biological and semi chemicals categories. This means that Bionema Ltd has a major advantage in a rapidly emerging market, and provides the platform for Bionema Ltd to access global markets with the bio pesticides* Bionema Ltd now develops.

One of the first Biopesticides developed by Minshad and his company is to help the control of pests in Strawberry production, which will lead to massive opportunities across Europe. For example the strawberry market in the UK is worth £275 million to £300 million and larger again in Spain and Italy.

With Dr Ansari’s ambition to grow Bionema’s turnover by 20% a year, create at least 10 jobs over the next three years, and expand into International markets, Bionema Ltd is now in a strong position as one of only a handful of companies in the UK who are in the Biopesticide R&D market with the required EU accreditation.

Minshad, in describing himself as “Scientist turned Businessman” by taking Bionema from initial concept to international accreditation will talk through the highs and lows of this journey and about the ambitions for the future of this company. The final part of the session will provide you with an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about setting up a science based company.

* Bio-pesticides are the natural alternative to toxic chemicals – plants, bacteria, fungi and minerals for the control of insect pests which attack food and other crops of all kinds. They are less toxic than chemical pesticides, decompose rapidly and can be targeted at specific pests to avoid harming beneficial insects.

Newton Bhabha PhD Placement Programme:

On behalf of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, UK and the Ministry of Science and Technology, India, British Council-India and the Department of Biotechnology, India are pleased to invite applications for funding to support short-term PhD placements between the UK and Indian institutions.

The grants will include a stipend, and will cover all travel, accommodation, visa costs and medical insurance. The deadline for applications is 7 December 2015.

Visit for more information.

Calling all Swansea University final year undergraduate students, come and join us for this event:

When: Tuesday 2 June 2015

Where: HUB, ILS2 building Swansea University Medical School

Time: 12 noon – 1.00pm

What: Free lunch and an opportunity to find out more about our range of taught and research programmes

Don’t miss out – register today to attend the event.

For more information on the courses we offer visit

The Autodesk sponsored CG Student Awards is the largest event for Visual Effects, Feature Animation, and Next-Gen Gaming students.


  • Showcase your skills to top studios from around the world.
  • Win one of 25 internships.
  • Grab a chunk of the $360,000 in prizes.

NIACE Cymru is working with The Electronic and Software Technologies network (ESTnet) to develop an innovative digital skills based project.

The project will include a ‘Young Persons’ Competition which wil engage with 15-24 year olds from schools, colleges, universities and the workplace in Wales. Download more information here.

on 19 June there will be a final open debate and prize giving for the competition winners.

Posted on behalf of the British Council:

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We call this work ‘cultural relations’. Each year we work with millions of people across 110 countries, connecting them with the United Kingdom, sharing our cultures and the UK’s most attractive assets: English, the Arts, Education and our ways of living and organising society.

Every summer, we bring new ideas to the organisation by taking on between 10 and 12 interns for a 12-week period from June – September. We learn from having new talent in the organisation during the summer months; plus, we gain an insight into how we can deliver the best opportunities for young people. In return, you learn new skills while on a paid internship, and make some useful contacts for the future. If you are keen to learn more about working for a global charity and to make a real difference over the summer then this opportunity is definitely for you!

As part of the programme you will join a specific department in one of our key business areas, and work with a dedicated line manager working on real projects, that add value to our organisation and our international work. You will also take part in a group project, where you will be able to apply your project management and team working skills as well as receiving career advice and training that provide you with real direction and perspective to take away with you on completion of the programme.

Our 2015 scheme is made up of the following positions:
• Music and Film Internship, London
• Corporate Communications Internship, London
• Policy and External Relations Internship, London
• Digital Internship, London
• HR Internship, London
• Science Communications Internship, London
• Services for International Education Marketing Events Internship, Manchester
• Schools Internship, London
• English and Exams Self Access Learning (SAL) Digital Internship, London
• Global Network Team Internship, London
• Iran and Syria Internship, London

This is a fantastic opportunity to make the most of your summer, to develop your own cultural relations edge and to work for an organisation that really values diversity and innovation. Take a look around – there’s a whole world of opportunity to explore.

Want to find out more?

If you need any more information then please visit our dedicated internship scheme page on our Study Work Create portal. Where you will be able to apply directly and learn more about the application process and core criteria for the scheme. Please note applications close at midnight on 8 March 2015:

Professor Paul Benett will be giving an employability talk on Thursday 15th January at 1.00 pm (Wallace Room 113 ) on clinical psychology.

This talk will provide you with valuable information about what a career in clinical psychology entails and how to go about gaining experience and applying for places. It will be an informal event with opportunites for questions and discussion.

Visit the Graduate Prospects website if you would like to do some extra research on careers in clinical psychology.

Applications for the Programme are now open to graduates and undergraduates graduating in 2015 with relevant science degrees.

See information on the NHS Careers website.

Applications should be made through the National School of Healthcare Science’s website which includes:

  • Job description and person specification
  • Details of open days
  • An applicant guide
  • FAQs relating to the programme and recruitment process
  • A list of posts available by specialism and region

OneStart is a programme to encourage students, postdocs and researchers across all disciplines to get involved in life science entrepreneurship, with a grand prize of £100k and free lab space.

Apply by 1st December for a chance to win £100k to realise your business idea.

Do you have an idea to solve a critical problem in healthcare? Or do you have the scientific or business know-how to help someone else develop their idea?

The Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable (OBR) and SR One, the venture capital arm of GlaxoSmithKline, have teamed up again for the OneStart competition – the largest biotech startup accelerator programme in the world – to offer young innovators from all disciplines the chance to win £100k with free lab space at Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst near London, and ongoing legal and business advice from our sponsors to transform their ideas into a successful business.

Applications are now open until 1st December 2014. To learn more about the programme and start building your team, visit

Who should participate?

  • Science/medical students and researchers interested in spinning out their research or commercializing their ideas
  • Business students and young professionals keen to get involved in the biotech and healthcare industries
  • Software developers and engineers interested in contributing their technical skills to realising a product
  • Anyone interested in entrepreneurship

You do not need to have a team yet, or even have your own idea, as you can register now at OneStart’s Co-founder Hub (and Discussion Forum) to find teammates to complement your strengths, show your interest to join other teams.

Ideas at all stages of development are welcome. All semi-finalists will be directly mentored by experienced industry professionals for at least six weeks, and invited to attend a biotech business bootcamp in London in February 2015 with workshops from our global sponsors, including SR One, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Roche, McKinsey, and others.

We look forward to meeting you in person or via

If you have any questions at all, please do get in touch via We would be happy to answer your questions about OneStart and help you move science forward to benefit human health.

PGCE Secondary information days will be held on:

  • Tuesday, 18 November, 2014, 9.30 – 12.30
  • Thursday, 12 February, 2015, 16.00 – 19.00

The South West Wales Centre for Teacher Education
Swansea Campus
Townhill Road
Swansea SA2 0UT

Download the following here:

Book online here to attend an Information Morning.


Trainee teachers can receive incentives of up to £20,000 (amount to be confirmed for 2015 and subject to programme and degree qualification).

The following Secondary PGCE programmes are available for 2015/16:

Art and Design
Business Studies
Design and Technology
Modern Foreign Languages
Religious Studies
Science 11-16

Vacancies also exist for Primary PGCE

If you harbour ambitions to become a teacher, then it’s not too late to apply for a place on University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD)’s Secondary PGCE programme for 2014/15.

There are still vacancies on the following PGCE courses, which start in September at UWTSD’s Townhill campus in Swansea:

Art & Design; Biology; Business Studies; Chemistry; Computing & ICT; Design & Technology; Geography; Mathematics; Modern Foreign Languages; Physics; Religious Education; Science; Welsh

Bursaries of up to £20,000 are available for certain courses, depending on your degree subject and classification.

UWTSD will be hosting an Open Evening for anyone interested in becoming a secondary teacher from 4pm–7pm on Thursday, 21 August.

You can register for this even through Eventbrite. For more information about UWTSD’s PGCE programme, please email

The Telegraph is now inviting entries from undergraduate STEM students at UK universities or colleges of higher education.  You need to provide a solution to a challenge focusing on one of the following fields of study:

  • defence
  • automotive
  • pharmaceuticals
  • environment
  • construction

The overall winner, whether it’s an individual or a team, will receive £25,000 and a bespoke mentoring programme from a senior engineer within Babcock International Group.  The award will be presented at a ceremony in London during Universities Week in June 2014.

Click here for more information.

Passionate about STEM? Use your passion for STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in the classroom.  Apply to Teach First today.  #TeachFirst #9questions9days

Imagine life after uni with a two year guaranteed job! It could still be yours.  Apply now Deadline 22nd April #TeachFirst #9questions9days

Still not secured a graduate job? Apply now to Teach First and start your journey.   9 days until deadline. #TeachFirst #9questions9days

The NHS has uploaded details of posts available for this year (though this is being updated, so keep your eye out). This is available at along with details of STP open days.  It is very difficult for applicants to get work experience in the NHS,  but it is extremely helpful to have attended an open day or gone for a lab visit, so applicants should go along to an open day if at all possible.

The link above also has all the details of the person specification etc, as well as a comprehensive  FAQs section, so it’s well worth a look.

Sports science degrees are still considered relevant, but it’s important for applicants to demonstrate clearly the relevance of their degree to the specialism that they’re applying for.

The JSPS Summer Programme 2014 provides the opportunity for young researchers to receive orientation in Japanese culture and research systems.

Visit for details.

Applications should be sent to the British Council, Japan by email by Wednesday 15 January 2014.

Every summer the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel gives outstanding undergraduate students, from around the world, the opportunity to join leading scientists and become a fully-fledged member of a research team for 2 months. The Kupcinet-Getz International Summer School not only gives students the opportunity to gain experience conducting cutting edge research but also the chance to visit Israel and discover a new country and culture.

The programme is a fantastic way for students to explore their scientific interests and see what a career in scientific research is really like!

Click here for details of the programme,  application deadlines and how to apply.

There are no application or tuition fees, accommodation is provided by the Weizmann Institute and students are given a stipend of 400NIS (currently approx. £70) per week.

There are a variety of scientific fields that students can work in including life sciences, physics, chemistry, computer science and maths.

Download A Guide to Careers produced by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

This booklet covers:

  • Courses and funding
  • Career opportunities
  • Career profiles
  • Finding jobs
  • Career development

University of South Wales – Wednesday 23 October 2013

London Metropolitan University – Wednesday 13 November 2013

Newcastle University – Wednesday 20 November 2013

If you are thinking about what careers might suit you after you finish your degree, the Society of Biology’s conferences are an ideal way to find out more.  Even if you’re not in your final year it’s never too early to start thinking about careers prospects after your degree.

The Life Sciences Careers Conferences are a great way to meet employers and find out more about the variety of career paths available to bioscience graduates. The conferences include presentations covering a wide range of science-related subjects and a one hour CV workshop with tips on writing CV’s and cover letters and getting an interview. During our exhibition you’ll have the opportunity to talk to experts from professional bodies, employers, recruiters and universities about further study. Lunch and afternoon refreshments are included.

The events are FREE to members of the Society of Biology and only £10 for non-members, visit the website for more information and to register.