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Hello SIP Ambassadors, have you recovered from the very busy month of March? There was so much going on, for example National Apprenticeship Week, National Careers Week, British Science Week. We’d love to hear from you if were involved in any of these or indeed any other type of outreach activity. It would be fantastic to share news stories and experiences across the network (it is easy to log your activities via the online form)

Enterprising Science Challenge Day 

A great example of where we have been working with SIP Ambassadors to make a difference is via the Enterprising Science initiative.

As you may have picked up over the past few months, we have been inspiring the next generation of young scientists through the Enterprising Science half-day activities in schools across Greater Manchester, Cheshire, and Kent & Medway. Selected students from each of the schools are then invited to come together for a Challenge Day.

We were delighted with the success of our first Enterprising Science Challenge Day that took place at the Museum of Science and Industry in March. Five schools from Greater Manchester took part; Burnage Academy, Chorlton High School, the Deanery High School, Irlam and Cadishead College and Priestnall School.

Ambassadors provided a highly stimulating start to the Day. Dr Nicholas Weise from the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology set the scene for the day by providing an inspiring presentation on the impact of biotechnology and its associated career routes. The students then took part in a rotation of Science Ambassador Careers talks. We had a great mix of Ambassadors, whom the students were able to quiz and interview to find out what it’s really like to work in the field of science.

The students found this helpful in understanding the different routes people take into scientific roles and the various jobs and career pathways.

Toothpaste challenge

Then it was over to the students to inspire the Ambassadors with their innovation and creativity – the challenge was to develop a new toothpaste aimed at the teenage market. Each team was made up of a mix of schools and each presented their research and new products to three Ambassador Judges. The winning team pictured above bottom right each won high street shopping vouchers and Burnage Academy won the ‘Science in a Box’ workshop that will be delivered in school by Pfizer Ambassadors.

Big thanks to all the Ambassadors who took part for their time and enthusiasm.

Goodbye to Liz: thanks from SIP Board for commitment to outreach

Much of the work that helped to establish and develop the SIP Ambassador and Careers Outreach programme has been driven by the SIP Careers Working Group. Since its inception in 2014 Liz Greenfield, Head of Human Resources, North-East Region and UK HR Director at Pfizer has been its Chairperson.

Liz is moving on from Pfizer and consequently will be stepping down as Chair at the end of April.