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University-Prison Partnerships in International Perspective, Event 20 March 2015

This workshop, co-organised by YAS member Anne Schwan (Edinburgh Napier University) and Sarah Armstrong (Glasgow University), was held at the University of Edinburgh and brought together participants from over ten universities and higher education institutions; practitioners in the arts, education, health and criminal justice; and, representatives of the voluntary sector and government.

Interest is building in how universities might engage those in prison and criminal justice settings. A number of recent and exciting developments in Scotland and the UK motivated the organisation of this workshop to explore the ways higher education does and could engage with those in prison settings. The workshop offered a forum to learn about innovative practices and to share ideas about developing these and maximising impact. It featured keynote presentations by Professor Lori Pompa (Temple University, USA), who founded the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Programme, a programme in which university courses are taught in prisons and attended both by (outside) university students and (inside) prisoner students; and Professor Fiona Measham (Durham University) who has overseen the very first application of this initiative in the UK.

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#AspirationalAdvice - Schools Twitter Competition

Since January the Young Academy of Scotland and partner organisations across Scotland have been running an #AspirationalAdvice campaign on social media. This campaign has been asking all Scots to share a piece of advice to young people that will help them aim high, dream big, lift their aspirations and achieve their hopes and goals. These bits of advice have then been photographed and the images shared on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag: #AspirationalAdvice.

The campaign will run up until the start of Scottish school exams on 25 April and has had contributions from well-known Scots such as Nicola Sturgeon and Heather ‘the Weather’ Reid as well some great contributions from academics, sports stars and professionals.

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Education and attainment gap in Scotland: Role of Third and private Sectors

The Young Academy's Excellence in Education working group has recently submitted a response to a consultation by the Scottish Parliament's Education and Culture Committee. Including some case studies of Young Academy activities, the YAS response explores the 'education and attainment gap’ in Scotland and the role of third and private sectors in tackling this.

The notes on this consultation can be read here.

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Communications & Executive Assistant - Job Opportunity

Communications & Executive Assistant - Young Academy of Scotland (YAS)

The YAS is looking for a Communications & Executive Assistant to coordinate and deliver engaging communications to promote its work while providing general administrative support to the team.

Established by the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011, the Young Academy of Scotland provides a platform for able and innovative young entrepreneurs, professionals and academics to develop a coherent and influential voice, and to address the most challenging issues facing society in Scotland and beyond. It is part of a growing international movement in which national academies are establishing young academies across Europe and beyond.

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YAS member Ineke De Moortel amongst 56 new Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

YAS member Professor Ineke De Moortel has today been named amongst the 56 distinguished individuals elected to become Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Spanning the arts, business, and science and technology sectors, they join the RSE in its work to place the advancement of learning and useful knowledge at the very centre of public life in Scotland.

President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, said “I am delighted to welcome such a wide range of outstanding individuals to the Fellowship. Each of our new Fellows is elected on the distinguished merit of their work. In joining the RSE, they strengthen our capacity to support excellence across all areas of academic and public life, both in Scotland and further afield.”

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Niki Vermeulen is a lecturer in history/sociology of science in the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies group of the School of Social and Political Science of the University of Edinburgh. She is interested in science policy and the various ways in which research is organised, focussing on scientific collaboration, especially in the life sciences.

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