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Archive for April, 2018
Please note that the March and April 2018 editions of the Networks Newsletter are now available on MyRSC.
 
Upcoming Administration Deadlines
8 May               Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17th May to additional networks
10 May             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17th May
21 May             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 31st May to additional networks
24 May             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 31st May
 
Upcoming Events
1 May                 Member Networks Committee meeting, Burlington House, London
18 June              New Officers’ Briefing Day, Burlington House, London
11 July               Royal Society of Chemistry AGM, Burlington House, London
18 July               RSC Summer Party, Royal Academy of Arts, London
26-30 August      7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, Liverpool
30-31 August      RSC Early Career symposium, Liverpool
 
Communications from across the RSC
GDPR – Toolkit for Member Networks - UPDATE
I just wanted to update you all on the progress of the anticipated resources to support our networks in complying with the new General Data Protection Regulation.

I would like to reassure you that the resources are being produced and will be made available soon. As you may know the ICO can make amendments to the regulation at any time until 25 May 2018. An email will be sent to the Chairs, Secretaries and Treasurers in the next month with a link to the completed resources.

As noted by the Information Commissioner the data storage requirements of the new regulation are not a drastic change to the requirements of the current Data Protection Act and as such we advise that you continue to maintain your data as you always have done in compliance with our rules.

If you have any questions please email networks@rsc.org.
 
Please remember that you can contact the Networks Team at any time for support or guidance at any time.
 
Chemistry Week
19 - 25 November 2018
The theme for 2018 is ‘Community Outreach – Chemistry for Everyone’ (http://www.rsc.org/campaigning-outreach/outreach/everyone/) and we want to support you with activities and events that inspire the next generation, reach under-represented audiences and celebrate the diversity within our own community. Grants of up to £750 are now available and all applications will be considered whether you need £50 to purchase consumables or £500 for venue hire and catering. Apply using the following link Chemistry Week grants (http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Y465T/) or contact outreach@rsc.org for further information.
 
The deadlines to apply for funding to support your planned activities are 14 May 2018 and 10 September 2018.
 
Outreach Fund – Small and Large Grants
14 May 2018
Our Outreach Fund is currently open to applications for small grants (up to £2,000) and large grants (£2,000 to £10,000) to support schools and public engagement projects. If you have a new idea or have been developing a project that centres around enriching students’ chemistry education,  increasing public confidence to communicate chemistry or supporting members to get involved in outreach then please do get in touch or make an application for funding. For more information and to make an applications please use the following link to the Outreach pages on our website (http://www.rsc.org/awards-funding/funding/outreach-fund/)

ECS2018 5th RSC Early Career Symposium 30–31 August 2018 Liverpool, UK
Standard registration deadline – 16 July 2018
Poster abstract deadline – 18 June 2018
Hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry's Early Career Network, this symposium aims to bring together early-career chemists from all sectors, in order to connect with emerging leaders and the latest advances in the chemical sciences. There will be three parallel sessions, covering Organic and Biochemistry, Physical and Analytical Chemistry, and Inorganic and Materials Chemistry, as well as a session focused on outreach and impact. Sessions will include invited speakers representing emerging talent from industry and academia. Abstracts for poster presentations are welcome from academic and industrial chemists taking the first steps in their careers. EuCheMS attendees can get a discount on registration and there are travel grants available. Join us in Liverpool, in August 2018. Secure your place by registering online now: rsc.li/ecs2018 

Looking to speak to a Career Specialist?
Appointments are available via Skype, phone or in person around the UK (selected dates), in London and Cambridge. They can help you with updating your CV, job search strategies or if you are at a crossroads and need some guidance from a qualified specialist. Appointments are available to our Associates, Members and Fellows. Search for appointments (http://www.rsc.org/events) or email us at careers@rsc.org to help with your career management.

This newsletter including additional information from other departments is also available online (http://my.rsc.org/blogs/81/1839). Please feel free to encourage other members of your committee to read the newsletter online.

We welcome any feedback you have on what you would like included in this newsletter; please email any suggestions to networks@rsc.org.

Kind regards,
The Networks Team
Fiona, Nic & Stephanie



 
Posted by Fiona McMillan on May 1, 2018 10:10 AM BST
Dear all,
Welcome to the April edition of the networks newsletter. It was great to meet so many of you at the Regional Meetings and hope you enjoyed them as much as we did.
 
Upcoming Administration Deadlines
3 April               Interest Group Top up fund application deadline
10 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19th April to additional networks
12 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19th April
24 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 3rd May to additional networks
26 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 3rd May
8 May               Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17th May to additional networks
10 May             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17th May
 
Upcoming Events
1 May                 Member Networks Committee meeting, Burlington House, London
18 June              New Officers’ Briefing Day, Burlington House, London
11 July               Royal Society of Chemistry AGM, Burlington House, London
18 July               RSC Summer Party, Royal Academy of Arts, London
26-30 August      7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, Liverpool
30-31 August      RSC Early Career symposium, Liverpool
 
 
Communications from across the RSC
GDPR – Toolkit for Member Networks
As you are all probably aware the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming into force on 25 May 2018. The rules, in general, are very similar to the current Data Protection Act but there will be a much higher penalty, both for the organisation and individuals, involved in a breach of data protection.
We will be providing all of our member networks with a toolkit to support your compliance with the new regulation – we hope to have this sent to all committee members in April. We would like to emphasise that the reason this is coming to you so close to the compliance deadline is that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has still not finalised some details of the regulation so we are waiting for some vital pieces of information to ensure that you are sent the correct details.
Please delete any old data lists, delegate lists, contact details from your computers which you may have saved from past RSC business.
We will, of course, do our best to offer you all of the support you need to remain compliant but we do need your cooperation in adhering to the new law.
If you have any questions please email networks@rsc.org.
 
Rules for Member Networks – Update
Please note that in February the Membership and Qualifications Board approved an update to the rules for member networks to include the following:
3.5: All members must comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR).
The rules are updated online here.
 
Expenses Forms
Please be aware that our Finance Team can no longer process expenses submitted on hard copy forms or the old electronic forms. Please use the form available online here (http://www.rsc.org/Membership/Networking/InterestGroups/FormsDocuments.asp) for all expenses in the future.
 
Communicating with Member Networks Committee
As you know the Member Networks Committee (MNC) is responsible for overseeing the activities and support of all of our member networks. We hope that you receive the support you need from the Networks Team to fulfil your roles as volunteers but we would like to remind you that you should also feel able to submit any discussion points or issues to your relevant Regional Steering Group (RSG) through the appropriate representative. Often issues or questions can be answered by other volunteers or staff as part of the RSG meeting but if this is not possible then it will be escalated to MNC by the RSG Chair.
  • Local Sections – this is your main route to raise concerns regarding the governance of your network
  • Interest Groups – if your issue is not appropriate to raise through an RSG then you can raise it with one of our two Interest Group Representatives on MNC (Helen Ryder (Formulation Science and Technology Group) and Rachel Evans – Photochemistry Group) who can be reached by emailing networks@rsc.org.
  • AD and ED Regions – although you have direct reporting lines to your Divisions please feel free to also use this route for communication, we will always share any concerns with the relevant Division Council.
 
Please remember that you can contact the Networks Team at any time for support or guidance at any time.
 
 
Chemistry Week
19 - 25 November 2018
The theme for 2018 is ‘Community Outreach – Chemistry for Everyone’ (http://www.rsc.org/campaigning-outreach/outreach/everyone/) and we want to support you with activities and events that inspire the next generation, reach under-represented audiences and celebrate the diversity within our own community. Grants of up to £750 are now available and all applications will be considered whether you need £50 to purchase consumables or £500 for venue hire and catering. Apply using the following link Chemistry Week grants (http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Y465T/) or contact outreach@rsc.org for further information.
 
The deadlines to apply for funding to support your planned activities are 14 May 2018 and 10 September 2018.
 
Outreach Fund – Small and Large Grants
14 May 2018
Our Outreach Fund is currently open to applications for small grants (up to £2,000) and large grants (£2,000 to £10,000) to support schools and public engagement projects. If you have a new idea or have been developing a project that centres around enriching students’ chemistry education,  increasing public confidence to communicate chemistry or supporting members to get involved in outreach then please do get in touch or make an application for funding. For more information and to make an applications please use the following link to the Outreach pages on our website (http://www.rsc.org/awards-funding/funding/outreach-fund/)
 
Most recent publication on Brexit
Read an opinion piece by our Director for Science & Communities, Dr Jo Reynolds (link to come on Thursday)  to mark one year since article 50 was triggered –summarising the RSC’s policy asks on Brexit and also giving details on what we are doing.
Find out more (http://www.rsc.org/campaigning-outreach/campaigning/science-and-the-uks-exit-from-the-eu/) on how we are working to understand the possible effects on our community and to inform and influence the science and innovation element of the exit negotiations.
 
 
 
This newsletter including additional information from other departments is also available online (http://my.rsc.org/blogs/81/1839). Please feel free to encourage other members of your committee to read the newsletter online.
We welcome any feedback you have on what you would like included in this newsletter; please email any suggestions to networks@rsc.org.
Kind regards,
The Networks Team
Fiona, Nic & Stephanie



 
Posted by Fiona McMillan on Apr 30, 2018 10:57 AM BST
Posted in April 2018 

Dear all,
Welcome to the March edition of the networks newsletter. It was great to see so many of you at the Regional Meetings in London, Belfast & Cardiff and we are looking forward to the meetings in Liverpool and Leeds this week.
 
Upcoming Administration Deadlines
6 March            Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th March to additional networks
8 March            Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th March
19 March          Deadline Nominations for Inspirational Member and Inspirational Committee Awards
27 March          Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5th April to additional networks
29 March          Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5th April
3 April               Interest Group Top up fund application deadline
10 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19th April to additional networks
12 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19th April
 
Upcoming Events
8 March              North East Regional Meeting, Leeds
14 March            Eastern Regional Meeting, Norwich
15 March            South West Regional Meeting, Exeter
19 March            Midlands Regional Meeting, Birmingham
20 March            South East Regional Meeting, Oxford
28 March            Scotland Regional Meeting, Edinburgh
1 May                 Member Networks Committee meeting, Burlington House, London
18 June              New Officers’ Briefing Day, Burlington House, London
26-30 August      7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, Liverpool
30-31 August      RSC Early Career symposium, Liverpool
 
 
 
Communications from across the RSC
 
We have mentors available
Being mentored has helped our members to:
  • achieve greater clarity around their career goals and how to achieve them
  • learn more about themselves
  • gain greater self-confidence and self-belief
  • pursue personal and professional development and practical learning
  • improve relationships with their colleagues and their performance in their current role.
One member described how having a mentor has given him the opportunity to think about his career: It’s always useful to think about my goals and setting myself objectives. 'Everyday life' often prevents me from doing this and so this has given me an opportunity to do so.’
If you are in one of our professional categories of membership (AMRSC, MRSC or FRSC) or you hold a professional registration (RSci or RSciTech) then you are eligible to become a Mentee.  All our mentors are Members or Fellows of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
If you’d like more information about accessing a mentor please email careers@rsc.org
 
New Guidance Launched For CCF Applications
Previous feedback has revealed that Members can be apprehensive in speaking with the Chemists’ Community Fund. In order to move some way in overcoming this hurdle the Fund team have spoken with a previous beneficiary to discuss what others can expect when liaising and applying to the Fund. The case study, which is available under the heading ‘What can you expect if you apply to the CCF?’ on this page - http://www.rsc.org/membership-and-community/chemists-community-fund/#undefined , could be used as a signpost for Members who may be interested in the CCF.
 
Chartered Manager
 
Interested in finding out more about becoming a Chartered Manager through the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chartered Management Institute? We recently hosted a webinar with the CMI to provide an overview of the route to becoming Chartered Manager, how to apply, the benefits, process and the costs. This webinar is available to watch again on our YouTube channel. If you are interested in finding out more please contact careers@rsc.org.
 
 
ECS2018 5th RSC Early Career Symposium
30–31 August 2018
Liverpool, UK
 
Standard registration deadline – 16 July 2018
Oral abstract deadline – 9 April 2018
Poster abstract deadline – 18 June 2018.
 
Hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry's Early Career Network, this symposium aims to bring together early-career chemists from all sectors, in order to connect with emerging leaders and the latest advances in the chemical sciences.
 
There will be three parallel sessions, covering Organic and Biochemistry, Physical and Analytical Chemistry, and Inorganic and Materials Chemistry, as well as a session focused on outreach and impact. Sessions will include invited speakers representing emerging talent from industry and academia.
 
Abstracts for both oral and poster presentations are welcome from academic and industrial chemists taking the first steps in their careers. EuCheMS attendees can get a discount on registration.
 
rsc.li/ecs2018 (http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/30662/ecs2018-5th-rsc-early-career-symposium-liverpool)                                                                                                                                                       
@RSC_ECS
 
 
This newsletter including additional information from other departments is also available online (http://my.rsc.org/blogs/81/1839). Please feel free to encourage other members of your committee to read the newsletter online.
We welcome any feedback you have on what you would like included in this newsletter; please email any suggestions to networks@rsc.org.
Kind regards,
The Networks Team
Fiona, Nic & Stephanie
Posted by Fiona McMillan on Apr 30, 2018 10:56 AM BST