Having applied to the PGCE Chemistry last year, I also took the opportunity to apply to the Royal Society of Chemistry Scholarship.
The Royal Society of Chemistry involves a 28K tax free bursary, free two year RSC Affiliate membership, the opportunity to be mentored by an experienced chemistry teacher, a box of classroom goodies (books, lab coat and goggles, etc.), an online CPD course as well as Professional Development Courses held throughout the year.
The interview day was held in January 2019 and it involved a 1 hour exam of both GCSE and A-level Chemistry, a group interview lasting around 30 minutes, a 5 minute teaching presentation followed by an interview with 2 panellists. There was also a short lunch in-between which allowed me to meet other future chemistry teachers!
The welcome event for successful candidates was held this month and it was brilliant! I had so much fun meeting future teachers and learning about the support given to trainee teachers from the scholarship, like opportunities such as, ‘Teach Chemistry’, which is a free RSC service that supports schools to deliver high quality, engaging chemistry lessons within a supportive science department.
We also had a chance to visit the International Year of the Periodic Table Exhibition(IYPT). It was originally exhibited at St. Catherine’s College in Cambridge but it is currently held at Burlington House (where Royal Society of Chemistry is based) until 30th August 2019. They have samples of many elements, documents and books from Mendeleev and other items. The star of the exhibit had to be the golden ‘Periodic Spiral’ which I unfortunately don’t have a good picture of. I was also thrilled to finally get my hands on the RSC IYPT lanyard which I’ve been keeping my eyes on for ages, but never seemed to get my hands on! Below are some photos of the exhibition:
If you have any questions about the scholarship, feel free to leave me a message on Instagram or email.