3 May

New science centre set up with help of Oxford colleges

first_imgAn outreach facility, named The Northwest Centre for Science, has been set up as a result of a collaboration between Corpus Christi, Pembroke and the South Cheshire College. The centre aims to aid scientifically minded students from schools in the North West by providing them with vital skills to continue into higher education.‘Imaging’ will be the scientific theme for the first year of the centre, which was launched in September.  It hopes to enhance the learning opportunities for students through a series of lectures given by teaching and research fellows from the University of Oxford and other top universities. These lectures will range from ‘Brain imagining’ to ‘Driverless cars’.The new science centre will also give Year 12 students from Crewe and the surrounding area the opportunity to visit regional laboratories such as SuperSTEM at Daresbury Laboratories and even attend a summer camp at Corpus Christi College.The first lecture in the series will be given by Professor Pete Nellist, Fellow and Tutor for Materials Science. He said he is“very excited about the opportunity to use university-based research activities as a resource that the Centre can use to enthuse and inform a new generation of scientists and to support them in their progression to higher education.”last_img read more

20 Apr

Press release: Veterans to retain military ID, allowing easier access to services

first_img My ID card is more than just a piece of plastic with my photo on, it signifies my service and marks my time in the Armed Forces. Whilst it might seem like something small, keeping my card will make a practical difference by allowing me to verify my service to my GP surgery and local authority. Time and time again, I have heard from service leavers that handing back their ID card is one of the hardest things to do as they leave the forces. The MOD is conducting a major cross-government review of veterans policy and provision, which will inform a new veterans strategy and will be released in the autumn.Part of this involves ensuring greater recognition of veterans so they can efficiently access government and third sector support and allowing retention of the MOD Form 90 ID is the beginning of this. The Ministry of Defence is reviewing a range of other identification options and will make a further announcement later this year.Service leaver Col David Madden said: Leaving the military is an emotionally charged moment and I hope that this change will ease some of those feelings by reinforcing the message to our veterans that they remain a valued member of the armed forces community. Our armed forces give their all to keep this country safe and leaving the military can be an emotional time. That’s why I’m delighted that people leaving the armed forces will be able to retain that emotional connection with their service by keeping their ID card. Retaining their ID card will also make it easier for veterans to access the many public services which prioritise veterans under the Armed Forces Covenant. Handing back the Service ID card has regularly been identified as something that members of the armed forces would like to change.Instead of handing back their card to be destroyed on the day of discharge, the corners will now be cut off to show the card is no longer valid. This will ensure that security is maintained at bases and other sensitive sites.Chief of Defence People Lieutenant General Richard Nugee said: The move will allow veterans to maintain their emotional connection with the armed forces, allowing them to keep the card they have carried on them throughout their career. Retaining their ID card, known as the MOD Form 90, will also allow service leavers to be identified as veterans quickly and easily, aiding their transition into civilian life.Charities, Veterans UK, which manages armed forces pensions and compensation payments, local authorities and GPs will all benefit from the change, as they will not have to conduct time-consuming checks to identify individual veterans.The Prime Minister last year also announced plans to provide the 2.5 million former armed forces personnel cards which identify them as veterans, in recognition of their service to the nation.Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said: So this is a small change that I know will make a big difference.last_img read more