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YAS members launch “Our Future Scotland” film at Scottish Parliament

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James Blake and Siobhán O’Connor from the RSE Young Academy of Scotland and Edinburgh Napier University launched a short film called “Our Future Scotland ” at Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 16th May 2018.

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YAS member Siobhan O’Connor receives an Impact Award from the RCN Foundation

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Siobhán O’Connor, a YAS member and Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University, received an Impact Award from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Foundation recently for her research into the history of nursing informatics. She spent the last 12 months exploring the life and work of Derek Hoy, a Scottish nurse who pioneered technology in the NHS.

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Young Academy member questions MPs at Voices of the Future

Siobhán O’Connor, a lecturer from the School of Health and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University, represented the Young Academy of Scotland and the Royal Society of Edinburgh recently at Voices of the Future 2018. This event offered young research leaders the opportunity to discuss the future of science policy in the UK with senior political figures at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

The annual platform is organised by the Royal Society of Biology and provides early careers researchers with insights and influence into the policy translation process. They get to voice their questions and discuss burning scientific policy issues with key political figures. On 13th March 2018, the Voices of the Future event was held at Portcullis House and streamed live on Parliament TV. It will be broadcast live on BBC Parliament on Saturday 17th March 2018 at 18:00. This provided Siobhán and other young research leaders from across the UK the chance to delve into the complexities of key science policy issues.

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YAS responds to Universities Superannuation Scheme dispute

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The RSE Young Academy of Scotland have issued a response to the dispute between the University and College Union and Universities UK regarding reforms to the Universities Superannuation Scheme.

YAS welcomes the UUK’s openness to further talks beginning on Monday 5th March in response to new a new set of proposals from UCU. As representatives of a wider body of early- to mid-career staff that includes many academics, who will be disproportionately affected by the proposed reforms to the USS, we are concerned that the solution currently favoured by UUK is one that will most negatively affect the lowest paid University staff, in particular those in fixed-term positions and those with part-time contracts (mainly women). Because pension cuts disproportionally affect individuals who are already disadvantaged in many academic fields, particularly STEM, the proposed changes have the strong potential to contribute to gender and cultural inequality in academic institutions.

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Membership applications have now closed

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Applications for YAS membership closed on 14 February.

We are happy to announce that we received many high quality application from a wide range of professional and academic fields.  We are now processing these; we expect to notify all applicants of their application results by 1st June 2018.

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Kate Saunders is a Lecture in Volcanology in the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh as well as a researcher associated with Uppsala University, Sweden. She trained at Victoria, University of Wellington, New Zealand before taking up a NERC Fellowship at the University of Bristol.

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18 May 2018
James Blake and Siobhán O’Connor from the RSE Young Academy of Scotland and Edinburgh Napier Univers...