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Julie Richardson  - NISCA Chair

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NISCA will endeavour to enhance the quality of Careers Provision in schools and Regional Colleges and to create a desire for life-long learning.

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Normally we host a Conference each Spring and Autumn. NISCA membership includes free attendance for at least two persons at both Conferences. 


Our conferences feature a wide range of valuable talks and workshops which are delivered by representatives from numerous organisations e.g. Industry, Universities, ETI

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Articles

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  • 21 May 2015 11:03 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Graduates could face tougher conditions on their student loans because of uncertainty over long-term debt repayments, a report says.

    The government is currently predicting that it will lose 45% of the money it lent to students.

     The Higher Education Policy Institute says the potential impact of low loan repayments decades ahead is beginning to affect universities' budgets now. 

    See the BBC article for details.

  • 04 May 2015 10:21 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Until now, PwC has not considered any graduate applicants who failed to reach an A-level grades threshold.

    The company has now decided to no longer consider a potential recruit's UCAS score because some able candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds were losing out.

    See the BBC article for details.

  • 24 Apr 2015 4:14 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    A new report reveals that studying science or maths at A level increases girls’ earnings by a third.

    The landmark research shows that achieving 2 or more A levels in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) subjects adds 7.8% to a man’s earnings, when compared to just gaining GCSE-level qualifications. But the returns for women are much higher, with earnings being boosted by 33.1%.

    These conclusions are based on data tracking the lives of more than 13,000 individuals since 1970 and analysing the earnings associated with different levels of qualifications by the time these people reached the middle of their careers.

    See the gov.uk press release for more details.
  • 20 Apr 2015 3:16 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Professor Tristram Hooley outlines six main ways teachers can help students explore future opportunities.

    See the Guardian article for details.
  • 14 Apr 2015 5:00 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Queen's University Belfast is cutting 236 jobs and 290 student places in response to an £8m cut in the subsidy received from the Department of Employment and Learning.

    The cut in undergraduate places will come into effect from September 2015. See the BBC website for more details.
  • 12 Apr 2015 12:37 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Chief executive of Sentinus Bill Connor has warned that a 25% cut in funding will result in the disappearance of some programmes.

    He said it was important to "provide the skills base to allow our economy to grow". In a statement, the Department of Education said while it was highly regrettable that funding had been cut to Sentinus, a large proportion of money for the promotion of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects had been protected. 

    See the BBC website article for details.

  • 30 Mar 2015 5:02 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    UK students should find it easier to gain entry to Republic of Ireland universities due to an upcoming change in the admission points system.

    From September 2016, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) is set to increase the number of points awarded for most A-level grades.

    The change will see the value of a top "A star" A-level grade increase from 150 admission points to 180 points. It is recommended that the CAO points awarded for an A grade at A-level increase from 135 to 150, while a B grade will rise from 120 points to 130. C grades will not change, remaining at 100 points.

    All seven Irish universities are recommending the new system to their academic councils.

    See the BBC article for details.
  • 23 Mar 2015 1:23 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Speaking at a Digital South Event in Belfast, Employment Minister Stephen Farry has appealed to young people to join the digital sector, where jobs were growing by around 10% a year.

    Industry body Momentum aims to increase jobs in the sector - which currently employs 28,000 people - by 20,000 by 2018.

    Dr Farry said: "To grow our economy we need to ensure our local workforce has the right skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics."

    See the Belfast Telegraph article for more details.
  • 19 Mar 2015 11:51 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    The Medical Research Council has just launched the first interactive careers guide for those working in medical research or hoping to do so.

    The Interactive Career Framework is aimed at all those wishing to pursue a career in the field – be they an apprentice in a medical research setting looking for the next step, or someone moving from being a postdoctoral researcher to an independent investigator.

    The Interactive Career Framework is available on the MRC Website.
  • 11 Mar 2015 9:29 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    David Cameron is to announce a new £15,000 bursary for maths and physics students with strong academic records to help with the costs of studying at university if they agree to become a schoolteacher for at least three years.

    The prime minister will say: “. . .I want to make Britain the best place in the world to learn maths and science – and because of our growing economy, we have a clear plan to deliver the best teachers to make this happen.”

    See the Guardian article for details.

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