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Dear colleague, Welcome to the March Networks Newsletter, our way to keep our member network committee members and representatives up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives. This month’s Newsletter contains: Upcoming Deadlines Upcoming Events Spotlight: Engaging with our international community – China Communications ... more...
Posted by Aurora Walshe on RSC Networks Newsletter Mar 1, 2021 2:00 PM GMT
Did you know that the RSC has international offices that support our international community? This month in the Spotlight Hongmei Peng, Engagement and Programme Manager in our Shanghai Office, tells us about how she started with the RSC and what her team do to advance the chemical sciences in China. Hongmei joined the RSC Shanghai office in 2010 and ... more...
Posted by Aurora Walshe on RSC Networks Newsletter Mar 1, 2021 2:00 PM GMT
What a fascinating place the Galapagos Islands are. They make up an archipelago of large and small islands in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The amazing nature and biology of the islands get it the nickname ‘natural laboratory of evolution’ – a place where extraordinary plants and animals have evolved in different ways to adapt to life on the volcanic ... more...
Posted by Emily Dawson on Success at Life Feb 15, 2021 7:23 AM GMT
Dear ​colleague, Welcome to the February Networks Newsletter, our way to keep our member network committee members and representatives up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives. This month’s Newsletter contains: Upcoming Deadlines Upcoming Events Spotlight: RSC Division Review - Update for member networks ... more...
Posted by Aurora Walshe on RSC Networks Newsletter Feb 1, 2021 3:00 PM GMT
This month in the Spotlight, the Division Review Advisory Group are sharing an update on the ongoing review of the RSC Divisions. Contact secretariat@rsc.org with any comments or questions. During 2020 we initiated a review of the structure, role and purpose of Divisions. The review was proposed by the Member Communities Board (MCB) in response to ... more...
Posted by Aurora Walshe on RSC Networks Newsletter Feb 1, 2021 2:00 PM GMT
Dear Colleague, Welcome to the first Networks Newsletter of 2021! The Networks Newsletter is our way to keep our member network committee members and representatives up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives. This month’s Newsletter contains: Upcoming Deadlines Upcoming Events A message from the Networks team ... more...
Posted by Aurora Walshe on RSC Networks Newsletter Jan 4, 2021 2:00 PM GMT
Every parent desires to see their children succeed in their academic endeavors. Success depends on the quality of programming and the ability to access learning materials in school and at home.   Children are required to spend extra hours to write their assignments and revise for their exams. As such, you can help your child achieve academic goals by ... more...
Posted by Emily Dawson on Success at Life Dec 17, 2020 10:31 PM GMT
Dear ​colleague, Welcome to the December Networks Newsletter, our way to keep our member network committee members and representatives up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives. This month’s Newsletter contains: Upcoming Deadlines Upcoming Events Spotlight: Public engagement – Evaluate Communications from across the ... more...
Posted by Aurora Walshe on RSC Networks Newsletter Dec 1, 2020 11:00 AM GMT
In Hassun’s fifth and final blog article about public engagement, he explains why no project is complete without an honest and detailed evaluation to measure success. Share your thoughts with Hassun via email at zafarh@rsc.org or on Twitter @HassunElZafar . Evaluation. That pesky word that rocks up when you think it’s all done and dusted. When you’ve seen done all the planning and delivery. When you’ve pitched the idea, achieved something phenomenal… When you just want to have a break. It pops up: Evaluation. Let’s start with a simple question: Why do we evaluate? Here’re the answers I came up with in 30 seconds: Improve and inform our current and future practice Demonstrate the impact of your activity Show value for money Secure funding Meet the terms of funding providers Have recorded evidence of your activity Clearly understanding what success looks like It’s important that evaluation is planned as an integral part of any public engagement activity, not as an add-on. This could be done by placing it into the core part of your delivery plan. This is an example of how this may look: I often find that our focus on successfully achieving our project outputs (delivery) overshadows our vision for the successful evaluation of our objectives . As mentioned in my previous blog articles, clear objectives (make them SMART !) really do help with not falling into this trap. Let’s give a working example of how incorporating evaluation into every step of a project plan can improve a project.   Play Scenario (as ever, this is not real, but applicable): We have a diverse group of chemistry researchers working on innovative and boundary pushing research on plastics in one of the UK’s top higher education institutions. The researchers are super keen to do more outreach, they don’t see it as an add-on – but a necessity. Idea: The researchers have come up with an idea, to produce a video that is as concise as possible in explaining contemporary scientific research into plastics and celebrate the diversity of the team. They want to place the video onto the university webpage, use it at open days, school outreach programmes and summer society exhibitions.   Pause Here’s where evaluation comes really handy. Let’s ask one of the above questions, and answer it using SMART methods: Q) What does success look like? 2,000 primary aged students in the local area are engaged with reduce, reuse and recycle programmes ran by schools by the end of the academic year. Now, let’s add… how we can measure that this has been achieved? Creating a survey that will be filled out by teachers capturing activity response, interviews with school head teacher on school actions and case study stories from students (via teacher-led focus groups).   Stop Go back and look at the idea I presented to you, it’s not a bad idea – but now I’ve told you what I think success looks like, what I want to actually achieve, and how I plan to evaluate it… Is the idea the best way to achieve what I want to achieve? Quick answer: No.   Rewind I head back to working board; I need to come up with another idea… but this time, I’m going to inform myself using other people’s evaluations and by talking to my specific target audience (AKA primary schools) to see what works and what does not. So after reading about excellent projects on websites like the NCCPE and having dialogues with experts and partners, I come up with another idea: To create resources for a project where primary schools are encouraged to collect every piece of plastic they use, while also using a specially designed and co-created tool kit to help them become plastic free. At the end of the spring term, the schools are tasked with creating artwork with the plastics they have collected, alongside a scheme of work which has been co-created with teacher from those schools (by the way, this is not a full idea! It has flaws, I need to work on it, but hopefully you’ll see the point of it being a better idea, because of the evaluation thought process). The art project attracts local media attention, which this boosts awareness of the programme – you should capture this, funders love local media attention. The teachers fill out specifically designed questionnaires with questions on the co-creation process, timelines, resources and what worked well and what didn’t – you should also capture this, other teachers love to hear from other teachers. The head teacher gives you an interview on how your resource has been applied in their school, the challenges they’ve faced, what they would do differently, and the value the programme has given students – capture this, it’s going to improve your project massively and, as for teachers, head teachers love to hear the thoughts of other head teachers. With permission from the teachers, you capture group thoughts from the students – you can’t give them a survey, they’ll see it as work (the teachers told you that) so you’ve arranged for them to give their thoughts through a game of “pass the bean bag” – if you have the bean bag you tell us what you think of the plastics now you’ve done the project. They love it because it’s a great game, you asked the teacher to do this before the project too, so you can compare the answers.   Stop I can go on, but I won’t. It goes without saying that the second idea is much more resource intensive – it’s going to take much more time and effort than simply making a video. But its impact… well, I think it’d much more significant. If I did something like this, I’d target one school in a really underserved community, and do it well, and by doing it “well”, I mean having a solid evaluation of the project . If one school is too much, then try one class – less can mean more impact, more lessons for me and more legacy to my project. It all goes back to one question: What does success look like? Answer that question in the most detailed, and honest, way you can. Because that is going the measure to which you evaluate any project. So the next time that pesky evaluation question comes up, think beyond the words “quantitative” and “qualitative”, dig deeper than just using questionnaires and survey forms: define success, set yourself an ambition, and keep evaluation in mind from the very start. This is our fifth blog article from Hassun, you can read the others in the series here: Know Your Audience   Co-Create, Co-Create, Co-Create What now? Outputs ≠ Outcomes more...
Posted by Aurora Walshe on RSC Networks Newsletter Dec 1, 2020 11:00 AM GMT
Nothing sucks more than buying several headphones every year because they keep breaking. Unfortunately, this happens to the best of us.  The good news is that there are methods that you can use to maintain your headphones so that they sound and look as good as new.  This includes cleaning your headphones regularly and properly, or maybe you want to boost ... more...
Posted by Emily Dawson on Success at Life Nov 16, 2020 2:56 AM GMT
You have saved responsibly toward your retirement for many years, and now that special time has arrived. No more reporting to work each day, as you will now have time to enjoy doing other things you have put off for so long. However, is the amount you have saved enough to see you through retirement? Will it cover your travel aspirations? What if an emergency ... more...
Posted by Emily Dawson on Success at Life Nov 16, 2020 2:51 AM GMT
Dear Colleague, Welcome to the November Networks Newsletter, our way to keep our member network committee members and representatives up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives. This month’s Newsletter contains: Upcoming Deadlines Upcoming Events Have you received the 2020 Annual Report form? Communications from across ... more...
Posted by Aurora Walshe on RSC Networks Newsletter Nov 2, 2020 2:00 PM GMT
With a growing aging population, demand for prescription drugs in America is at an all-time high. Older people are more vulnerable to a variety of illnesses and conditions that require them to take medication. Many are now using online pharmacies to have their medicine delivered to their doorstep.  Online pharmacies are developing innovative ways ... more...
Posted by Emily Dawson on Success at Life Oct 29, 2020 9:00 PM GMT
Compared to previous generations, seniors living in the 21st century have access to cutting edge technology that helps them live longer, fuller lives.  Recent innovations, including the smartphone and apps it can utilize, mean that older people can deal with health issues more effectively. And it seems that the best is yet to come, with continuous ... more...
Posted by Emily Dawson on Success at Life Oct 29, 2020 7:58 PM GMT
These days, more so with cosmetic surgery, you have to be wary of fly by night plastic surgeons, who will offer you a cheap procedure and leave you with a host of new imperfections that you never had before. Whatever surgery you have, always choose an experienced board-certified surgeon for your own safety sake.  If you have a good surgeon, they will ... more...
Posted by Emily Dawson on Success at Life Oct 27, 2020 5:58 AM GMT
As people get older, their bodies are more susceptible to illness and injury, leading to surgery. Healthcare costs are not negligible by any means. Some types of surgeries can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, excluding the patient’s post-operative care, hospital stay, and medication required afterward. Healthy living  can prevent many ... more...
Posted by Emily Dawson on Success at Life Oct 27, 2020 5:05 AM GMT
Java is a ubiquitous presence in the programming world. The fact that it's been around for decades, and the ease with which it works on practically any platform, makes Java one of the most versatile languages you can learn. The legacy of Java is long and will continue to be relevant for a long time to come, but what exactly is Java good at, and what ... more...
Posted by Emily Dawson on Success at Life Oct 27, 2020 4:38 AM GMT
Although The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)in Washington, D.C., the non-profit organization established in 1876, recommends that a medical student needs at least 350 hours to prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), we now live in such a hectic and demanding time that studying for several months may not be possible. ... more...
Posted by Emily Dawson on Success at Life Oct 21, 2020 7:55 PM BST
Customers are used to purposeful dealings from the businesses they buy from, so when they come across more personalized dealings, they're converted into fans. For any business, offering amazing customer services is important if you want to retain customers.   In the past, people chose which companies they did business with based solely on price, ... more...
Posted by Emily Dawson on Success at Life Oct 13, 2020 8:20 PM BST
There’s a good chance you’ve heard the popular refrain “know thyself” before. As it turns out, this age-old advice isn’t such a useless cliché after all. When it comes to lifting yourself up and improving your mood, tracking your emotions is a great way to get results. What is Emotion Tracking? When people talk about emotion tracking , they’re referring ... more...
Posted by Emily Dawson on Success at Life Oct 5, 2020 7:43 PM BST