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#AspirationalAdvice Competition gives Scotland's students chance to win book vouchers

Over the past two years the Young Academy of Scotland and partner organisations across Scotland have been running the #AspirationalAdvice campaign on social media.

This campaign asks twitter and Facebook users to share with young people the best piece of advice they got when they were younger or the piece of advice they wish they had received. 

This growing bank of advice has helped many to aim high, dream big, lift their aspirations and achieve their hopes and goals. All of the advice has then been photographed and the images shared on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag: #AspirationalAdvice.

The campaign has had contributions from various people from media figures, politicians, academics, sports stars and many different professionals and people living in Scotland and beyond.

Now, as this campaign reaches its final weeks for 2016, the Young Academy will be offering schools the opportunity to choose their favourite pieces of advice and have a chance to win book vouchers provided by the Young Academy of Scotland Excellence in Education Working Group.

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Winners announced in national Rewrite the Headlines competition

The Young Academy of Scotland’s Research the Headlines Working Group has announced the winners of Rewrite the Headlines, its national competition to engage schoolchildren and undergraduate students in critical evaluation of media stories.

The competition, which ran through Autumn 2015, challenged participants to examine the research behind popular news stories.  In addition to encouraging critical evaluation of the news, the programme helped young people better understand what research is, how it gets translated from specialised areas to popular media, and then how they might translate it back.

The winning primary class, from St Roch’s Primary and Hearing Impaired School, Glasgow, turned the recent headline ‘Processed meats do cause cancer – WHO’, into ‘Eating processed meat slightly increases risk of cancer’. The research story was one which had generated a lot of interest and confusion when originally released and the judges were impressed with how the class explained their new headline.

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A Question for Europe, a joint project between YAS and six other European young academies, has announced the winners of its competition, “Who Gets Carried Away by Europe?”

The competition, which was supported by the Commerzbank Foundation, encouraged participants to answer the question “who gets carried away by Europe?” by submitting any type of creative response; academic, literary, musical, photographic, and audio-visual submissions were accepted.

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A QUESTION FOR EUROPE

Who Gets Carried Away by Europe?

Europe attracts and divides. It makes us dream, but it also has a reality with boundaries that shape our lives. What are the dynamics of integration?

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Dr Miao is currently a Lecturer in Urban Planning and Development, in the Department of Urban Studies of Glasgow University. Previously she worked as a Post-Doc in the Geography Department of St Andrews University after she was awarded her PhD in Economic Geography and Planning by University College London.

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