The RSE Programme for young people occasionally collaborates on events outwith its core activities. At other times we come across events that are fun, interesting and relevant to schools, but not part of, or affiliated with, the RSE’s programme.
Jill Todd Photography Award 2014
The Jill Todd Photographic Award has been established to support and celebrate the work of talented photographers from major Photography and Arts Degree programmes in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The award is open to final year undergraduate students; post graduate students; Master of Arts students and photographers within three years of graduation [i.e. for this year, 2014, those who graduated in 2011].
To find out more about the award and how to apply please visit the Jill Todd Website.
English Speaking Union Science Debates 2014
On Monday 23 June, the RSE held the national final for the English Speaking Union’s (ESU) school's public speaking competition.
The ESU Schools’ Public Speaking Competition, held annually, is one of a series of competitions run by the English-Speaking Union Scotland to encourage young people to develop the vital skills that enable them to speak with confidence in public. Not only does the competition enhance these public speaking and critical thinking skills; it also gives students the opportunity to showcase them in a national competitive arena. We believe that by providing opportunities to build skills and gain experiences we will help our beneficiaries realise their full potential.
This year, 37 speakers from 22 schools across Scotland entered the preliminary heats, held in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. The theme for the regional heats was Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire, and competitors were asked to present a five-minute speech on a topic of their choice relating to that theme.
Eight speakers competed in the final on 23rd June, very generously hosted by RSE and sponsored by the Photosynthetic Antenna Research Centre. The topic for the final was Our energy future and it was judged by Rob Marrs and Sara Robertson from the ESU; Khuram Ashraf, from PARC; and Dr Keith Baker from Glasgow Caledonian University. It was an absolutely fascinating evening, and the audience were struck by how imaginative and varied the eight speeches were, from advocating fracking to looking at solar power, or even generating power by walking around; to looking at food banks and poverty, and ways maximising young people’s potential. The judges had a very tough decision and finally Alexandra Clark from Grove Academy (Dundee) was awarded the trophy, with Afton Ferguson from Douglas Academy (Glasgow) and Annie Mackley from St Margaret’s School for Girls (Aberdeen), being Highly Commended. The evening was chaired by Anne-Marie Carey from PARC, who presented the prizes along with Robin Harper, a Trustee of ESU Scotland.