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CARNIVAL at the Fringe: A play by Catherine O'Shea MYAS

August 8 & 9, 7:30 pm @ Top floor boardroom, Evolution House (near Grassmarket). free, unticketed

78 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE

British Playwright and YAS MemberCatherine O’ Shea’s newest play CARNIVAL will receive a series work in progress showcase in Edinburgh this  August.

“I want to tell her that I had to leave everything behind too. My home, my city.”

This one-woman play, CARNIVAL, follows a multi-generational group of students from across the globe who come together for an adult education class in Central London. The play follows the women from their first day of class to their final celebration. A lot can happen over the course of a year. They share a common struggle overcoming many barriers to their education, but one student must risk everything. An undeniable bond forms between this teacher and student.

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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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RSE Young Academy of Scotland Welcomes 44 New Members

New cohort of members includes outstanding members of Scotland’s refugee community

The RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) is pleased to announce the appointment of 44 new members.  These members will make up the fourth intake cohort and join YAS’s existing members in realising its mission ‘to achieve transformative societal change through citizenship, innovation, collaboration, evidence, and leadership’. The group comprising 25 women and 19 men in their early-to-mid careers from across Scotland, will bring a range of important and diverse skills to YAS.

For the first time in YAS’s history, the cohort includes four members who have been appointed through YAS’s At-Risk Academic/Refugee (ARAR) membership initiative.  The ARAR initiative was launched this year to recognise young professionals of outstanding talent from Scotland’s refugee and migrant communities. Going forward, four spaces will be reserved for at-risk academics and refugees in each of the academy’s next two recruitment rounds.

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YAS member recognised for partnership with Scottish Prison Service and Fife College

A project set up by YAS member Anne Schwan has been honoured with the Partnership Award at the 2016 Herald Higher Education Awards.  The project, in which University student volunteers are paired with prisoners at HMP Edinburgh for one-on-one English language, literacy, and creative writing tuition, is the result of a partnership between Edinburgh Napier University, Scottish Prison Service, and Fife College.

The awards were hosted by Scottish broadcaster Sally Magnusson at an event at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow.

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YAS Member to give schools' talk on left-handedness at Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition

On 7 and 8 July, YAS member Dr Silvia Paracchini will give a schools-only interactive talk at the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition.  Her talk will address what determines hand preference, exploring some of the many traits that throughout history have been associated with being left handed.  Dr Paracchini will separate myths from facts about handedness, and explain what is being learned from the most important modern genetic studies.

The talk is 30 minutes long, and is available only to pre-registered school groups.  There are several time slots available between 7 and 8 July.  For more information and to register a group, please visit the Royal Society website.

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Emily is a Professor of Social Robotics, based at the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology. She completed undergraduate studies in psychology and dance in California, followed by an MSc in cognitive psychology as a Fulbright Fellow in New Zealand, and a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at Dartmouth College.

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