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If you work in a school or college in the UK or Ireland, then you could get support to organise your own event to benefit yourself and other local teachers or technicians.  By applying to the new Chemistry Teaching Event Empowerment fund, you could get up to £700 (€750) to fund your event and cover costs for your planning time.  Your local Education Coordinator will also give you support to set up the event, allowing you to develop key leadership skills and get to know other local teachers to share ideas and best practice with. 

Read on to find out about the eligibility and criteria requirements for the fund.  To apply, follow the link to the application form below. Should you have any questions about the fund, please email education@rsc.org, or contact your local education coordinator.

Funding and support – what is available?
The chemistry teacher event empowerment fund provides financial and non-financial support for teachers:
  • Financial support – for event costs and up to one day of teaching cover for event planning. Up to £700 (€750) is available per application.
  • Non-financial support – advice from your local Education Coordinator to help you organise your event, plus publicity through the RSC’s newsletters and social media channels.

Eligibility – who can apply?
You can apply to the fund if you are a secondary teacher of chemistry or science technician in a school in the UK and Ireland.
To be eligible for the fund, you will need to satisfy the following criteria:
  • You must work at a school teaching chemistry to students within the age bracket 11-18.
  • Your school will need to be signed up with the Learn Chemistry Partnership.
  • Your proposed event will need to take place in the UK or Ireland.
Please note that you don’t need to be a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry to apply.  You can apply to the fund whatever stage of your career you’re at.  We’d particularly like to hear from you if you work at a school facing challenging circumstances or in a rural area.

Criteria – what sort of events get funding?
When writing your application, you’ll need to demonstrate:
  • That funding will enable you to run a new event. Or if the event has run before, funding will allow you to do something novel with it.
  • That the event will be open to staff at local schools and free for them to attend. The event will benefit at least five teachers across at least three schools (please note we can be flexible here for very rural schools). The RSC can help with advertising the event to local schools.
  • That the event will focus on improving the teaching of chemistry and/or fostering supportive, effective science departments.
  • That you will evaluate your event to understand its impact. The RSC will offer guidance on evaluating the event.
  • That your local RSC Education Coordinator will have an open invitation to attend the event so they can chat to attendees about how the RSC can support schools.
Restrictions on funding
  • Funding is restricted to £700 (€750) per school per calendar year
  • A maximum of £300 (€330) can be used for teaching cover so that you can plan the event.

Apply now
If you would like to discuss your event idea before applying, please contact your local education coordinator.
To apply to this fund, please fill out an application form.
Please note the application form will take between 15 and 20 minutes to complete. You will need an idea of the event you would like to run, and a breakdown of the costs you would like the funding to cover.
Posted by Emily Howe on Jan 4, 2019 4:32 PM GMT