10 years of Science Communication at UWE Bristol

Issue date: 08 April 2014


In 2014 UWE Bristol's Science Communication Unit (SCU) is celebrating a decade of postgraduate programming at the University. Now recognised as one of the leading Science Communication programmes in the country, the MSc focuses on providing students with practical skill and development alongside theoretical understanding and knowledge.

The first wave of MSc Science Communication students arrived at the Unit in 2003. Since then over 100 students have embarked upon and graduated from the programme, with over 88% of those graduates now employed within the science communication industry in the UK, Europe and as far afield as the US, Canada, Asia and Australia.

To mark the event the department held a one-day conference at the Watershed in Bristol on Friday 4 April 2014. Throughout the day MSc graduates gave presentations about the industry, charities and companies they are now working in, alongside plenary talks from Chief Executive of the British Science Association, Imran Khan, and Professor Frank Burnet, who originally set up the MSc with Dr Emma Weitkamp of the SCU.

MSc Programme Manager , Clare Wilkinson, said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have reached the tenth birthday of the MSc Science Communication and were delighted that so many of our graduates could return to Bristol to celebrate it with us. It is particularly gratifying to see that many of the first graduates from the programme are now in a position to recruit those students that are currently studying with us. The event at the Watershed was punctuated by a range of stimulating and interesting papers, PechaKucha presentations and posters which reflected the diverse, contemporary and insightful approach to communication that our graduates take.”

Alongside the MSc the SCU now also runs a Postgraduate Certificate in Practical Science Communication and the biannual Science Communication Master Class is currently being developed for a TEL format in response to the international demand for science communication provision continuing to grow.

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