Saskia O’Sullivan, Head of Science at Rendcomb College, has been appointed to the Royal Society of Chemistry’s (RSC) Science, Education and Industry Board (SEIB).
One of just seventeen members, Saskia’s peers on the SEIB include ten professors, eleven Fellows of the RSC and two Fellows of The Royal Society, the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.
Saskia, who has teaching experience in comprehensive, grammar and independent schools, said: “I represent a voice from education. It is a huge privilege and an honour for me to contribute to the invaluable work of the RSC in supporting primary and secondary education, on behalf of its 50,000+ members of academic scientists, education and industry experts from across the UK and abroad.”
Saskia began teaching in 2006 and has worked at Rendcomb College for the last four years leading a successful science department and overseeing the refurbishment of the school’s ‘Gold Standard’ laboratories. Saskia, who holds an MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, and an MSc in Science and Education from the University of Bristol, was recommended to join the SEIB by the Director of Outreach at the University of Bristol ChemLabs – a UK Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, with which Rendcomb College has strong links.
Clare Viney CSci CChem FRSC, Director Membership and External Affairs at the RSC and Secretary of the SEIB said: “The Royal Society of Chemistry is the largest non-governmental provider of chemistry education and support in the UK, our Science Education and Industry Board overseas and directs the progress and application of the chemical sciences including teaching and learning at all stages of education. We are delighted to have someone with Saskia’s knowledge, skills, experience and energy on the Board.”
The RSC is the UK’s professional body for chemical scientists, supporting and representing its members and bringing together chemical scientists from all over the world. The role of the SEIB is to agree the strategy and budgets relating to the progress and application and learning and teaching of the chemical sciences at all stages of education and industry-related business policy.
Saskia’s appointment runs until 2018 and the next SEIB meeting takes place in February.