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Applications open for student bursary opportunity

The University of Roehampton is offering three bursaries to support students to attend this year’s British Science Festival.

Posted: 18 March 2014

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From 6-11 September, the British Science Association is bringing the British Science Festival to Birmingham, in partnership with the University of Birmingham and in association with Birmingham City Council and Birmingham City University.

The British Science Festival is one of Europe’s largest annual public science events covering the latest in science, technology and engineering with over 250 events, activities, exhibitions and trips taking place over the week.

All students are welcome to apply for the bursary. It is an outstanding opportunity for students regardless of their department to broaden their horizons, meet leading scientists and speakers, engage in debate and discussion about the impact of science in society, and meet potential new employers from the top science and technology companies.

The bursary will cover:

  • Seven nights’ accommodation (5th – 11th September).
  • Entry to the student social event
  • Meals for the week
  • Free tickets to a selection of pay for events
  • Return travel to Birmingham

To apply:

Please send a one page CV and a one page personal statement (400 words maximum) describing how attendance at the British Science Festival would contribute to your academic development and future career plans.

The CV and statement should be attached as one document to an email sent to Professor Stuart Semple by 4pm on Friday 23rd May.

Please send the email from your Roehampton email account, with the subject line British Science Festival 2014.

Bursary winners will be notified by Friday 6th June. If you have any enquiries or would like further information, please contact Professor Semple.

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Below are some comments from last year’s bursary winners:

“The festival was an amazing experience, and we really made the most of the opportunity to absorb so much knowledge. My horizons were broadened by attending lectures and discussions on everything from physics and chemistry to biology, anthropology and neuroscience. I learnt a lot, but most importantly the festival and everything about it really fuelled my interest and passion for science.” Pernille Frisvoll

“The Festival was inspiring, engaging, fun and educational. I got to try new things, meet new people and celebrate science! My overall highlight would be meeting Sir Robert Winston after his presentation about his new Bill in the House of Lords. Without this bursary, I would never have had the chance to meet such an iconic and inspirational scientist”. Sarah Crudgington

“The chance to attend events pertaining to fields outside of my corner of the scientific spectrum provided an insight into scientific realms I otherwise might never encounter during my formal training. After the Festival was over, we boarded the train back to London with both a richer appreciation of science and of science communication, as well as great friends we'd gathered along the way.”- Riki Dingwall

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