Our strategic plan defines Smarter as, 'promote informed decision-making among individuals, groups and government.' YAS members often sits on policy advice committees for the RSE and contributes to its papers and consultations. However, we have also produced several of our own reports and position papers; some of these may be found on our publications page and our policy advice page. YAS has also managed several projects in education; both primary/secondary and at a higher education level.
To explore at some of our past work and current projects, see below:
BREXIT: The Impact on Scotland
In September 2017, we released a report on Brexit and its impact on Scotland. The report contains ten articles, each focusing on the impact of Brexit on a different area of society in Scotland, written by a YAS member who is an expert in that field. To read and download the report, visit our publications page.
YAS began collecting case studies in Summer 2017 from those affected by the Brexit vote in Scotland in the research, innovation and further/higher education sectors. You can still contribute to these case studies, and read more about them here.
The the preliminary findings from the case studies were published in Autumn 2017, they can be read on our publications page.
Research the Headlines
Research the Headlines is a blog that addresses the way in which research is discussed and represented in the media. Launched by YAS in 2013 each article takes a piece of research with recent media coverage and seeks to investigate and research this to give readers a better understanding from an expert and independent position. The group of members that delivers Research the Headlines have also held workshops for schools with an aim to equipping children with the tools and skills to independently and critically evaluate the media.
FIRST LEGO League
FLL is an international robotics competition for children aged 9-16. By challenging participants to build and programme LEGO robots to complete a set of tasks, FLL helps children develop maths, engineering and technical skills. It also encourages students and their parents and teachers to consider these areas as potential careers, which is an important step towards closing the huge skills gap in these areas.
- Ran 3 tournaments across Scotland, in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee.
- Saw almost 500 children participating in 50 teams.
- Included one refugee team led by a YAS member from our At-Risk Academic and Refugee recruitment scheme.
- Sent 4 Scottish teams to the UK finals, 3 winning cups and 2 going on to further competitions.
- Increased engagement with robotics to 1000 children in Scotland, as a result of the commitment of our teams on full bursaries to provide full class teaching, and the CPD and support we give them to do that.
- Increased our Engineer Mentor Network, sending volunteer engineers into most teams to support their work and to enthuse them about a career in engineering.
Our key sponsor is IET.
Numeracy Counts is a resource working within the numeracy area of Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence. Utilising the YAS membership's diverse and multi-disciplinary nature, YAS produced a series of videos and resources to show how numeracy matters in a variety of different careers as well as its importance in everyday life. To view at some of the videos visit our YouTube channel here.