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Top graduates to get up to £30k to train to teach core subjects


Increased tax-free bursaries and scholarships for 2016 to 2017 announced.

Top graduates are being offered up to £30,000 tax free to train to teach the key subjects - like maths and physics - that help young people reach their full potential, Schools Minister Nick Gibb announced today (Thursday 1 October 2015).

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Food Scientist/Technologist

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Food scientists and technologists play an increasingly important part in ensuring the quality and safety of our food. Although food scientists and food technologists have separate roles, their duties often overlap.

Food scientists investigate ways of keeping food fresh and attractive to the senses, and check the quality of both raw materials and food products.

Food technologists are concerned with converting raw foodstuffs into food products, usually in a large and busy manufacture environment. This could involve:

The Big Bang Class of 2013


Once again, The Big Bang Fair has joined forces with Professor Brian Cox to bring The Big Bang Class of 2013 to one lucky winning school. The lesson was also streamed live via the TES website to well over one hundred thousand viewers.

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A career as a STEM technician


Government plans to refocus the UK economy on high-tech, engineering and ‘knowledge-based’ industries can be seen as creating a wide variety of career opportunities for people of all educational backgrounds.           Contrary to the common misconception that STEM jobs (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are only accessible via university degrees, a new award launched by STEMNET and The Gatsby Charitable Foundation will profile rewarding and important  technician careers in which success lies largely in vocational training.

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Ecologists study the plants and animals in a particular location, and
the way they relate to one another and their surroundings (known as
biodiversity). The main aim of an ecologist's work is to balance the
needs of the environment against the pressure to develop land.

Ecologists normally specialise in a particular type of habitat, for
example marine or coastal areas, or study a specific animal or plant
species. Depending on the particular job, an ecologist's tasks could


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Bioscience is the section of science that relates to living organisms. There are many different disciplines within it.

Some bioscience relates to animals and plants, such as botany (the study of plants), zoology (animal science) and ecology (ecological science).

Some are concerned with the human body and health, such as immunology (the study of the immune system), and biomedical engineering (a form of scientific engineering that is used to solve problems in medicine through such actions as designing instruments and software).

Food Science

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Food science is a broad area of science research relating to food. It is the study of the physical, chemical and biological make-up of food.

Research can involve establishing the nutritional value of foods, looking at food composition, processing, consumption and the effects it can have on the digestive system, and factors that will increase the shelf life of food such as preparation, packaging and storage.

Food science uses biology, chemistry, engineering and biochemistry to create food that is nutritious and safe, with innovative packaging.


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Toxicologists plan and carry out laboratory and field studies using the most modern molecular, genetic, and analytical techniques available to evaluate and monitor the impact of toxin and chemicals on human and animal health. They are also concerned with the impact of toxins and chemicals on the environment and the impact future technology may have.

Toxicologists help ensure the food we eat and the water we drink is clean and safe for consumption, that the air is pollutant-free and that the drugs we take for medical purposes are as safe as possible.


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A statistician is a mathematician who specialises in statistics. They collect, interpret, analyse and present quantitative information. The information and advice they provide, form the foundations from which important decisions are based. For example, decisions on housing, population growth, jobs and transport are made using the information a statistician provides.

Research Scientist

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Research scientists work in a wide range of scientific fields. They are responsible for designing, undertaking and analysing information from controlled laboratory-based investigations, trials and experiments. A research scientist may work in  biology, biochemistry, chemistry, ecology, environmental biology, forensic science and genetics.



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