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An ito the Future of Science in Higher Education

September 2003

Regional launch event: September 25 at 6pm, University of Leicester

Sixth-formers about to fill in their university applications this month, and their teachers and advisers, are being invited to find out more about an exciting new opportunity in Science education in HE.

The University of Leicester i-Science Centre launches its new degree programmes in interdisciplinary science designed to fill the national need for science graduates by attracting a new cohort of students into science education.

The degree programmes, developed with the help of professional societies and prospective employers, will offer a broad knowledge of science and a high level of employability skills to a new generation of leaders in science management, policy formulation and teaching.

The University is hosting a regional launch event on 25 September which local teachers, careers advisers and potential employers in the East Midlands will attend. The key speaker will be Sir Peter Williams CBE, FRS, FREng, who chaired the 2001 Institute of Physics enquiry into undergraduate science (Physics: Building a Flourishing Future), which recommended the setting up of new and more attractive degree programmes.

The event takes place in the Garendon Suite, Charles Wilson Building, University of Leicester, 6.00pm, 25 September, by invitation from the i-Science Centre (contact Sarah Symons on 0116 252 2069).

Dr Derek Raine, Director of the i-Science Centre said: “The content of the new degrees (three year BSc or four year MSci) has been specially developed by staff from across the faculties in science and biological sciences and is based on interdisciplinary themes which students can elect to study across the broad range of disciplines or more deeply in particular areas.

“Project work is based on the particularly strong research effort in interdisciplinary areas of science within the University. The teaching uses problem-based learning to engage students. Its development is supported by a HEFCE grant under the Fund for Development of Teaching and Learning.”

Further details can be obtained from Dr Derek Raine, Department of Physics and Astronomy & i-Science Centre, University of Leicester, 0116 252 2075, email and from the web site (follow links from

NOTE TO NEWSDESK: Please contact Dr Raine on 0116 252 2075 for more information. There are photo opportunities at the launch event on 25 September at 6.00pm, Garendon Suite, Charles Wilson Building, University of Leicester.

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