The university has just over 4,000 students creating an intimate yet exciting environment for you to enjoy your Semester in Ghana.
You will earn 12-18 graded UConn credits per semester upon completion of this program. Students who study at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) will not be able register for classes until they arrive in country. As a CIS Abroad student studying in Ghana, you will be living in one of the international student residence halls located on the University of Cape Coast campus. Throughout the semester, CIS Abroad plans excursions and cultural activities that allow you to see the country and better understand local customs.
Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships. You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship). General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements.
Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit. Studying abroad was, without question, the most valuable experience of my educational career. Studying abroad in Florence was easily the most invigorating, exciting, and enriching experiences of my life. The hosting of an event in Oxford each year was one of the conditions of the incredibly generous legacy gift of around £300,000 left to the WEA by Catherine and Fred Adler.
A highly enjoyable part of this year’s event came when creative writing tutor Kate Joyce and two of her students Rita and Owen delivered their original, intertwining story of three individuals on the same day in Oxford City Centre each affected by issues of democracy. Emma Carney briefly touched on last year’s Save Adult Education campaign where 11,000 signatures and 500 letters to MPs resulted in a visit to 10 Downing Street and a positive outcome in the face of government cuts. With this year’s event providing further testimony to lives changed and opportunities provided, Fred and Catherine would be proud to know that the WEA are working hard to do justice to their wonderful gift. A local community arts group for adults with learning difficulties has been given the seal of approval from an esteemed panel at the Victoria & Albert Museum. As part of the celebrations, there will be awards ceremonies taking place later in the year, showcasing achievements of outstanding individuals, tutors, employers and projects in England. The materials consist of Power Point slides with activities, information, handouts and links to resources online. For the first time in more than 50 years, the government has published a white paper on culture. According to the charity’s 2015 impact research, 81 per cent of all students at the WEA are involved in more cultural activities, which include reading, following their participation in a WEA class - regardless of the subject.
British politician and academic Lord David Blunkett delivered the keynote speech at the evening reception. Events such as these serve to reiterate the value of adult education – it is something which we must strive to protect given its life-enhancing and life-changing effect. Gender parity is the theme for this year and individuals and groups are being urged to take action in order to accelerate equality for all.
As Christine Lagarde, chief executive of the IMF, said in the 2014 Dimbleby Lecture, women “face discrimination at birth, on the school bench, in the boardroom.
Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the CBI, reminds us that far too few women run FTSE 100 companies and the pipeline of talent gets blocked by men who, more obviously, fit in.
A survey carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in 2013 ranked England and Northern Ireland 14th for adult literacy and 16th for adult numeracy.
According to the charity Go ON UK, nearly a quarter of the adult population lack basic digital skills, a phenomenon that affects women more than men, given time taken out because of childbirth.
Which is why the WEA helps thousands of working people and those in the poorest communities to return to education, whatever their age or income. Leading an organisation was something that I thought was beyond my grasp when growing up in a small Welsh mining town in the 1960s.
My accent wasn’t right and the first time I was invited out for dinner I turned up at midday. Working in such a male dominated industry in the 1970s was no picnic and, despite coal being in my blood, career opportunities were non-existent for women.
The majority of our students are women and many of them use courses as a means to reskill or retrain. The importance of this was recently confirmed by the Centre for the Modern Family, a think-tank established by Scottish Widows. Globalisation has the potential to open up opportunities and to encourage wider participation – and global organisations need seriously to address widening and deepening the talent pool if they want to continue to be successful. Governments need to take tough action where human values of respect and dignity are compromised and we need to tackle head-on the biggest temptation of them all: to set our sights too low and quit the field when the battle is not yet won.
Almost one in four UK workers are willing to take a pay cut in exchange for more flexible working hours as pressure builds on employers struggling to live up to employees’ expectations.
Whilst the study of 2,000 adults and 500 businesses found that almost a third (32%) of employees with children felt their employer provided equal support for all, only 20% without children agreed, and a similar proportion (21%) of those without children claimed that parents received better support. The findings showed employers’ responses reflected this perception, with more than half (51%) offering flexibility for mothers with young children. Whilst businesses appear to be taking steps towards meeting the needs of parents in the workplace, varying barriers still exist when it comes to extending those policies to support employees more widely.
The study found that medium-sized businesses struggle the most – with almost a quarter (23%) saying they do what is legally required of them in terms of flexibility for families, but not any more than this for other employees.
Almost three quarters of medium-sized businesses (72%) would never consider offering full-time working from home, compared to half (51%) of micro and two-fifths (40%) of enterprise businesses. Half of medium businesses also said they would not consider offering part-time working from home, compared with 16% of enterprise and 22% of large businesses for the same reasons.
Almost a fifth of businesses (17%) have called for clearer information around the business benefits of flexible working – rising to a quarter (24%) in large businesses. However, employees feel it is the employer’s responsibility to offer solutions, and many are keen to see changes in the workplace. Join us for the WEA biennial conference, which will be held on 11th and 12th March 2016 in Sheffield. If your costs are being met by a WEA Region or Association Services, you can register online here.
Ed Mayo is Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, the national business association for co-operative and mutual enterprises.
Debate the future of Conference and the sutainability of the WEA - the latest agenda is available here.
Current WEA Deputy President, Lynne Smith, is set to become President of the Association following an all member vote. Ruth Spellman, Chief Executive and General Secretary commented: "I am sure that members, staff, volunteers and supporters of the WEA will join with me in congratulating Lynne Smith on her election as President of the WEA.
Wessex Archaeology and the Workers’ Educational Association have forged a new partnership to promote and deliver educational outreach with heritage at its heart. Wessex Archaeology Chief Executive Chris Brayne and Ruth Spellman, Chief Executive of the WEA, will be signing a memorandum of understanding at the Omega Centre in Portsmouth today. Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas is attending to speak about the Mary Rose and WEA students will be there to help show that heritage themes can support the teaching of Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and literacy. Yesterday, Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Sharp led a debate in the House of Lords on the role of adult education and lifelong learning in strengthening the UK economy. Speaking at the debate, Lord Watson of Invergowrie, noted the results of the WEA’s latest impact report which assessed the effect of our provision against our four curriculum themes.
Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield, Lord Hunt of Chesterton, Lord Shipley and Baroness Garden of Frognal all referenced the charity and its role in ensuring that everyone has a chance to return to education. The WEA is pleased to see this issue raised in parliament, and through the work of the APPG, will continue to champion the importance of lifelong learning to individuals, communities and wider society. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has published its 2015 Employer Skills Survey which reports that, despite a surge in job openings, the number of positions left vacant because employers cannot find people with the skills or knowledge to fill them has risen by 130% since 2011. In our experience, ESOL students are hardworking and diligent, committed to contributing to their communities and wider society. Election for the post of PresidentSince two nominations have been received for the post of President, a ballot among WEA members will now decide which candidate will be elected to the post.
If you were a registered member by 12 September 2015, you will be able to vote in the election.
Elections of WEA Association Officers are supervised by the Standing Orders Committee appointed at the previous Association Conference.
In order to be able to vote, members are required to have joined the WEA in England and Scotland on or before 12 September 2015. WEA London Region is looking for experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and creative adult educators for inclusion on our Tutor Panel.
You should ideally have experience of working with educationally or socio-economically disadvantaged adults across a range of community settings. The report demonstrates that adult learning has an enormous impact on individuals and communities.
The Autumn edition of WEA News is now available, including stories on our Save Adult Education campaign, Conference 16, the new All Party Parliamentary Group for Adult Education and much more.
Molly Morgan was a WEA volunteer who was tragically murdered on her way to a WEA course in 2009. As the WEA leads the campaign to save adult education across England, colleagues in WEA Scotland give their support and solidarity, whilst reflecting on some key differences in Scotland.
An award winning adult education student and a fashion tutor from Tower Hamlets joined shadow minister and Newcastle MP, Chi Onwurah, to deliver a petition of over 10,000 names to 10 Downing Street as part of a campaign to save adult education. Adult education, which is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, represents only six per cent of the department’s spending devoted to education and training. With the government expecting that 13.5 million jobs will be created over the next 10 years but only 7 million young people coming into the workforce, there is a concern the loss of adult education services will mean that older workers will not be able to update their skills while employers will face a shortage of workers. On Thursday, 29 October 2015, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) published It’s the finance, stupid! This collection of essays explains the catastrophic fall in part-time student numbers, which is harming the economy and limiting people’s ability to transform their lives, and proposes a range of options for tackling the problem. A study, published in the Royal Society’s Open Science journal, looked at how a series of adult education classes grew closer over seven months. Dr Eiluned Pearce, from Oxford’s Department of Experimental Psychology led the research.
To test the theory, the researchers worked with charity the Workers' Educational Association (WEA), the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education.
Those attending the classes were given surveys before and after individual sessions in the first month, just before the break and at the end of the seven month course. We are sad to announce the recent death of Peter Quigley, who played an active role in the WEA for many years. I learned Peter Quigley had passed away on the evening of Tuesday 13th October in hospital following an operation, whilst I was attending a WEA Regional Heads Meeting in London. Peter had also represented WEA Scotland nationally on the WEA Council and more recently on the Standing Orders Committee.
On the wider stage of life, Peter was a former English teacher, and Union Representative and this often meant that he was called on to represent members in disciplinary procedures. Knowing of my literary aspirations, Peter had chatted to me a couple of times about writing a book himself, though, ever cautious, he never revealed the plot. A forthright individual, Peter always challenged what he did not agree, but with a good heart and there are few who would not say that he sought to improve the WEA and its place in the world. WEA Scotland would wish to extend to Peter’s family and friends our sincere condolences.
Please consider for a few moments Peter Quigley’s contribution to our lives and the life and success of the WEA.
Labour MP Holly Lynch has voiced support for the WEA's Save Adult Education campaign after meeting with our students and tutors last week.
The Halifax MP, part of the 2015 intake, was invited to a screening of a campaign video produced by learners which captures the many reasons why adult education should be protected and supported. Commenting on the campaign, Holly said: "Adult education is essential in ensuring that people have the skills and the confidence to make the most of the opportunities available to them, either in employment or in life. New WEA tutor Tracey Kettridge is interviewed in this month’s Prima magazine in a feature on inspirational women. In September, Tracey fulfilled another of her ambitions – to become a tutor with the WEA. Organisations from the education, business and employment sectors have joined forces to shine a spotlight on the hundreds of thousands of students studying part-time around the UK. The two largest providers of part-time higher education: The Open University and Birkbeck, University of London. Unionlearn – the learning and skills organisation of the TUC who last year who have helped over 220,000 people access training and development. Workers' Educational Association (WEA) – the UK's largest voluntary sector provider of adult education. National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) – the national voice for lifelong learning. National Union of Students (NUS), which represents the voices on 7 million students including part-time and mature students. CBI, whose 190,000 members employ nearly 7 million people, about one third of the private sector-employed workforce. With more than two million students currently settling into new university courses, a fifth of these will be studying part-time whilst juggling work and family responsibilities. These part-time students are largely 'invisible' – they may not identify themselves as being a student, and are often overlooked in media and government reports in favour of reporting on the participation of younger, full-time students.
The Government is currently preparing its Spending Review for the next 5 years and will announce its plans on November 25. Less than 6 per cent of Government spending on education and training is devoted to adult further education and skills. Putting this in context, over the next 10 years there will be 13.5 million more jobs but only 7 million young people coming into the workforce.
Over the next few weeks we are hoping to reach thousands of students, members and supporters of the WEA as well as a vast range of partners and friends who share our concerns. I am deeply concerned that the cuts suggested for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) will have a serious impact on the sustainability of adult education across England. As a supporter of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), I have experienced the impact adult education can make. Please add in a personal statement of what the WEA means to you whether as a student volunteer or tutor.
The group has been formed to raise the profile of adult education, and in particular, the vital role it plays in providing high-quality educational provision to the most disadvantaged members of society. The group will be established as an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) shortly after the launch.
The launch event will be at 11am on Friday 18 September at Westgate Community College in Newcastle.
Created as part of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, the SDIs offer a vast range of adult education courses for over 130,000 students across Britain each year, providing educational opportunities for every community in the country. You also will find four Editor's Highlights, which were prepared by ToxSci Associate Editor (AE) B. ToxSci, the official journal of the Society of Toxicology, is to publish the most influential research in the field of toxicology. There were 360 call-in lines opened for the first of the Scientific Liaison Coalition (SLC) Animal Models of Disease for Toxicity Prediction webinar series, which was presented on Tuesday, May 17 by Diann Blanset, Boehringer Ingelheim. Junior toxicologist fellowships are aimed at individuals at an early stage in their careers. Senior toxicologist fellowships are aimed at those involved in organizational activities in their own national society.
The ICTXIV organizers will waive the meeting registration fee for up to 40 fellowship recipients.


Strengthening partnerships among scientific and health-based organizations to increase awareness of the impact of toxicology and related subjects on human health. EFSA has launched a call to renew membership of two of its Scientific Panels: the Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food (ANS) and the Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF). The Scientific Liaison Coalition (SLC) will hold its next webinar series beginning on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.
Strengthening partnerships among scientific, biomedical, and other health-based organizations to increase awareness of the impact of toxicology, diseases, and related subjects on human health. Functioning as a means to enhance cooperation among societies as equals with the goal of accomplishing tasks benefiting human health and disease prevention through joint and shared activities. Would you like to incorporate the latest science in health disparities into your own research? Cost: There is no cost, but admission is competitive and participants are required to attend all daily sessions. Approximately 60 participants will be accepted and preference will be given to those who demonstrate high potential to incorporate training into their own research.
Program Information: The program will feature lectures, seminars, small group discussions, and sessions with scientific staff from across NIH Institutes and Centers. This is the eighth colloquium of a series presented by the SOT in conjunction with the US FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. The Brazilian Society of Toxicology (SBTOX) is offering a program of nine courses in 2016 to expand toxicological knowledge to help scientists address challenges ranging from occupational health hazards and environmental pollution to drug abuse and deforestration of the Amazon regions. This Society of Toxicology Contemporary Concepts in Toxicology (SOT CCT) conference, Ocular Toxicology, Pharmacology, and Drug Delivery: An Eye on the Future, will provide a forum for communication and interactions between toxicologists, pathologists, clinicians, pharmacologists, basic scientists, and other professionals working in the field of ocular toxicology. The Australasian College of Toxicology and Risk Assessment (ASTA) is holding its 9th Annual Meeting at Ayers House, Adelaide, South Australia from September 21–23, 2016. Two hundred scientists attended the Scientific Liaison Coalition (SLC) Webinar held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. The live webinars are open only to members of the partnering societies of the SLC, which are listed on the SLC website.
With the SOT Awards application deadline of October 9, now is the time to apply for an International ToxScholar Outreach Grant and become an Iinternational ambassador for toxicology. Over the past few years, the Society of Toxicology has helped support many outstanding members for educational outreach travel outside of North America through the International ToxScholar Outreach Grant. I am pleased to report that, today, I joined NIEHS Director and SOT Past President Linda Birnbaum to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between SOT and NIEHS.
Because of these close connections, it seemed only natural for SOT and NIEHS to formalize our robust, working relationship.
Essentially, SOT and NIEHS will be proceeding as we always have: working together to improve environmental health.
As a feedback comment, one of the students stipulated that, although there are several webinars and online sources available about scientific writing, career development in toxicology, and other topics, hearing from one of the alumnus was remarkably provocative. After completion of all scheduled activities, students and faculty interacted with me asking simple yet important questions regarding career opportunities in the United States and research prospects. I sincerely appreciate SOT's support of the outreach programs for developing countries. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced a call for images of NIH funded research to be posted to the NIH Image Gallery on Flicker and in the Funded Research album. The Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) is initiating a Horizon Scanning effort to advance the science and application of the Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP) framework. Workshop results will be publically disseminated in the form of publications and international presentations at professional meetings. You also will find four Editor's Highlights, which were prepared by ToxSci Associate Editors Jeffrey M.
The mission of ToxSci, the official journal of the Society of Toxicology, is to publish the most influential research in the field of toxicology. Thirty-six outstanding undergraduates and five advisors were selected to attend this year’s program. The success of this program is due in large part to over fifty dynamic volunteers who so generously gave their time to teach and inspire the next generation of young scientists during the SOT Annual Meeting.
These dedicated mentors will continue to keep in contact with their mentor group students throughout their undergraduate studies and be a resource to them as they consider career paths and advanced degrees. CDI and these students were very fortunate to have leading toxicologists take this extensive amount of time to share their knowledge and professional development experiences with them.
Toxicological Sciences and Oxford University Press would like to thank the Associate Editors, Editorial Board members, reviewers, and authors for their outstanding contributions. The 2016 Environmental Endocrine Disruptor Gordon Research Conference (EED-GRC) will celebrate its 10th anniversary this summer by focusing on the next generation of questions, chemicals, tools, approaches, challenges, and investigative strategies related to endocrine disruption. The 56th Annual Meeting of the Teratology Society will be held June 25‒29, 2016, at the Grand Hyatt, San Antonio, Texas. The American College of Toxicology (ACT) is offering an advanced course, Advanced Comprehensive Toxicology, to complement the Toxicology for Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Scientists course. This webinar series will discuss the advances being made with chemical-induced asthma and the role of clinical, toxicological, and epidemiological research in regulatory and hazard characterization approaches. The upcoming Annual Meeting of the Genetic Toxicology Association (GTA) is a 2.5 day event that includes a workshop, keynote address, six symposia, and a poster reception. We invite you to submit a Symposium, Workshop, Roundtable, Continuing Education, or other scientific proposal for the Society of Toxicology 2017 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The Women in Toxicology Special Interest Group (WIT) is pleased to host a webinar titled Career Development for Female Toxicologists.
It’s one of the top universities in all of West Africa and the premier university in Ghana. The University campus is a healthy and safe place to live and is patrolled by security officers both during the day and at night.
This is very important to ensure that you are getting the most culture out of your experience as possible. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.
This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. To access information, click on “Students” on the horizontal navigation bar on the Study Abroad homepage, then “Prospective”. As devoted socialists, trade union activists and supporters of adult education, the Adlers were passionate advocates of the transformative power of education. With focus on Preparing For Work and Helping in School courses, WEA tutors Heather Dommet and Vivian Vermede introduced students Lubna and Shamena who addressed the audience with stories of how the WEA has helped them to integrate, gain confidence and find employment and volunteer opportunities.
He also touched on the Emergency Powers Act prior to World War Two and the more recent terrorism acts which, in attempting to make the population secure, unavoidably restrict civil liberties.
We then heard about the two inspiring mosaic projects with students of diverse age, ability and background working together to produce two pieces currently on display at The Barn in Greater Leys and Littlemore Community Centre. Of the students taking part, 22 per cent were from black or ethnic minority backgrounds and 41 per cent had a disability.
In addition, the study found that 36 per cent of all students valued the arts, music or literature more than they had previously whilst 35 per cent had a greater understanding of other cultures.
Tutors, students, members, volunteers and colleagues from across the country were in attendance, with vigorous discussion around sustainability (the theme of the 2016 conference) and the future of the charity. He has been instrumental in developing a wide range of renewable energy systems and is now leading on the ground-breaking Zero Carbon Britain research.
Speaking from personal experience, Lord Blunkett told the audience of the challenges he faced when returning to education and of the ultimate gain. I was privileged to hear from a variety of wonderful speakers and educational practitioners and felt honoured to share the success stories of the WEA Awards recipients. Women’s lives have been transformed by technology, changes in our economy and in social attitudes so that women expect to compete on equal terms.
The adult education charity has been going for more than a century and it is as badly needed today as it was in 1903.
This low level of adult skills inevitably impacts on the success of the economy as a whole. People like my grandfather, who left school at 11 but who enrolled on a WEA course and eventually won a trade union scholarship to Ruskin College, Oxford, and another to Peterhouse at Cambridge. When I read economics at Cambridge I was intimidated by the cutglass accents and the seemingly easy social confidence of my fellow students.
It is a vicious cycle that affects many women, which is why we have to do more to support mothers in the workplace. Last year, the WEA launched a campaign focusing on the importance of education and lifelong learning, to enable women to overcome the disadvantages they face in society. Its latest report, published last week, revealed that one in four UK workers would sacrifice pay for greater flexibility.
According to the World Economic Forum it is now ranked 18th out of 145 countries in terms of the gender gap, an improvement from the 26th place ranking it achieved last year. According to the report no country in the world has achieved gender equality but I think there are lessons we can learn from those at the top of the league table: Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden. According to the World Economic Forum, it will take another 117 years until the pay gap between men and women is closed.
We also need to recognise and reward good practice wherever we see it, learn from our own experience and the experience of other countries and cultures.
However, far fewer are supportive of fathers with young children (35%), older workers (26%) and other employees (34%) who may have additional responsibilities such as elderly or unwell relatives to care for, charity and volunteering responsibilities, or a desire to attend additional training or classes outside of work.
Over half (52%) of medium-sized employers said this would be logistically too difficult to implement, whilst over a third (35%) worry it would impact negatively on the business. Almost a third of employers (31%) place the onus on employees – saying they would be encouraged to reconsider their decisions if employees would consider taking cuts in return for more flexible working hours.
A quarter (24%) of employees think employers should offer flexible shift patterns, and almost a quarter (23%) would be willing to be paid less in return for working fewer hours if this were an option. Our economy depends on a skilled and motivated workforce that functions productively – and our best hope of achieving this is through encouraging employers to adapt to the evolving needs of the workforce. This year the theme of the conference is sustainability, with an event on the Friday of national significance with a great line up of speakers and workshops along with the Association Dinner. He has a track record of innovation and impact in his work to bring together economic life and social justice.
He chaired the Jubilee 2000 campaign and was part of the team that founded the Fairtrade Mark. Standing Orders Committee has therefore confirmed that Lindsay Pearson is duly elected to the post of Deputy President.
It encourages intellectual curiosity and lifelong opportunities to learn which we are passionate about in the WEA. Since 2010, we have witnessed a drastic reduction in the ESOL budget of almost 50 per cent. By creating a more cohesive ESOL strategy, the Government could help thousands of people across the country unlock their potential and contribute to the economy. Standing Orders Committee therefore confirms that Lindsay Pearson is duly elected to the post of Deputy President.
Before voting you should read the supporting statements from the cadidates and the role description for the post of President below. You will have either recieved an email from Electoral Reform Services or a ballot paper by post providing security details for the election. Further information about the regulations of governance of the WEA can be found in our Governing Document.
Applicants should hold a First Degree or equivalent in their subject(s) or have significant, demonstrable professional knowledge and skills.
Our work transforms outcomes for people in deprived communities; it reduces social exclusion, increases social mobility and enables families to break the cycle of deprivation.
Without continuous opportunities to learn throughout our lives, the economic potential of many citizens will be lost and our productivity levels will continue to lag behind other competing countries. While this is welcome, we believe there needs to be more investment in adult learning alongside a rebalancing of our education and skills policies to reflect the fact that productivity improvements will be driven by those who are already in the labour market.
From now on, everyone is going to be thinking about how to continuously increase skills through life. During her life, she gave so much of her time to the charity and had volunteered with us for over 25 years before her death at the age of 81. The formation of a Scottish Parliament Cross Party Working Group on Adult Learning has backed this up - testament to the shared belief that adult learning benefits people and communities throughout Scotland.
An effective vehicle for economic and social justice, a strong adult learning sector is key to the future of Scotland.
Chief Executive of the WEA, Ruth Spellman and WEA Director of Education Joanna Cain, joined the group to highlight the importance of adult education to communities throughout England. This year alone, the Adult Skills Budget has already had cuts of 24 per cent and 3.9 per cent, and many students are concerned that further cuts will have a devastating impact on a service which provides skills, confidence and support to disadvantaged communities across the country. Adult education is important because it helps individuals and their families break cycles of deprivation and forge better lives themselves. Thousands of people have joined the WEA in saying this is a vital service for our economy and our society. There are other challenges too, such as the future of the research environment, how to assess the quality of teaching and dealing with the effects of marketisation. Part-time numbers have fallen more in England than other parts of the UK with lower (or no) fees, but it is not the sole cause.
Now, research from the University of Oxford has shown that singing is a great ice-breaker and can get groups of people to bond together faster. The conclusion – singing groups bonded quicker than those taking part in other classes.
At the end of the seven months, all the classes were reporting similar levels of closeness.
Indeed he represented my Cousin, Bill Bald and successfully defended him in a case of wrongful dismissal.
It is for this and the many other unrealised potentials that we always regret the passing of a life, the achievements stand as testament, the intentions and possibilities as feasible conjecture. Tracey is a former beautician who, five years ago, decided to change career and study counselling and hypnotherapy after years of being a shoulder to cry on for family, friends and clients. She will be empowering those with low self-esteem to recognise their worth and talents by teaching a confidence course with us.
The sector is calling for greater recognition of the value of part-time education and is asking students, past and present, to share why they love part time study. The Department for Business Innovation and Skills, which funds the WEA and other adult learning institutions like ourselves in England, has been asked by the Chancellor to suggest cuts of 25% and 40%.
Further cuts, on top of the 24 per cent and 3.9 per cent cuts to the Adult Skills Budget already announced this year, will have a devastating impact on a service that is life-changing for many people. At the same time employer investment in skills and training has declined by 2.5bn since 2011. Our aim is to raise awareness, make the case for adult education and to give adult learners a voice. Individual letters or emails to your local MP and the Chancellor will make a difference and make sure that adults are not forgotten when cuts are being made. Please click here to download a template of what you might consider writing - the suggested text is also below.
Further cuts, on top of the 24 per cent and 3.9 per cent cuts to the Adult Skills Budget already announced this year, will have a devastating impact on a service that is life-changing for many people and communities across the country. The group will aim to start a wider debate about the future of adult education in this country. Learning can change people’s lives and improve not just their skills and job prospects but also their confidence and health. APPGs have members from all the main political parties in Parliament and the Adult Education APPG will be supported by the WEA and other specialist adult education institutions.


Our aim is to engage key stakeholders, organisations within the FE sector, parliamentarians and other major influencers in a debate about the future of adult education. Bhaskar Gollapudi on Constitutive androstane receptor in herbicide-associated liver injury, EIC Dr. The recording of The Use of Animal Models of Disease in Safety Assessments webinar is posted on the SLC website. Blanset reviewed the use of animal models of disease in the evaluation of exaggerated pharmacology and toxicity to improve the relevance and extrapolation of the assessments to the intended disease population. This triennial international congress will be held October 2–6, 2016, at the Convention Center in the beautiful city of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, the gateway to the Mayan culture. This series provides pharmaceutical industry and regulatory perspectives on this topic and will conclude with a webinar presented by Sherry Morgan, AbbVie, Inc., on June 21.
The ANS Panel evaluates the safety of food additives, nutrient sources, and other substances intentionally added to food, but excluding flavourings and enzymes.
The Institute aims to foster individual research projects of promising scientists and motivated research scholars with the overall goal to stimulate innovative research in the minority health and health disparities sciences. The course was supported by an SOT International ToxScholar grant and included an up-to-date review of asbestos toxicity, health effects, and dose-response models to evaluate risks on population and individual levels.
Presented in Russian, this was part of the mandatory course in industrial hygiene for senior level medical students. The series presents scientific information that is high-quality, cutting-edge, future-oriented toxicological science to provide a well-grounded foundation to inform the work of US FDA employees and is open to the public. Human stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte (hiPSC-CMs) are increasingly used in drug discovery, toxicity assessment, and cell-based disease treatment.
The epigenome is a dynamic regulatory framework that controls the use of genomic information to govern the response of cells, tissues, organs, and individuals to their environment.
The Education Committee invites SOT members, Regional Chapters, Special Interest Groups, and Specialty Sections to submit applications for partial or full travel support up to $1,250. Almost 100 SOT members are employed within the NIEHS, and the institute has been an active participant and sponsor of sessions at the SOT Annual Meeting and other events. The only difference is that we now have a public document acknowledging this beneficial and profound partnership. Moreover, I engaged the students to participate in an activity through which they learned some dos and don’ts of scientific writing, which was liked by everyone and greatly appreciated by those students getting ready to construct their manuscripts for future publication. Moreover, we had to change the venue of this meeting from one auditorium to another hall in the middle to accommodate overwhelming attendance which reflected their enthusiasm.
This meeting will offer a forum for sharing basic and applied research in toxicology and is aimed to convene international scientists to present their results related to the exposure to toxic agents, adverse effects, mechanisms of toxicity, preventive alternatives, normativity, and more to strengthen the science-policy interface to foster the progress towards sustainability.
Miller regarding the importance of reproducibility and rigor, "As many of you may be aware, the National Institutes of Health released new guidelines a few months ago regarding rigor and reproducibility, a topic familiar to the readers of Toxicological Sciences. Gehring Diversity Student Travel Award was presented to Lisbeth Perez-Castro by Jorge Naciff, Chair of the Committee on Diversity Initiatives (CDI), during the SOT Annual Meeting at the CDI Reunion. Gehring Diversity Student Award recognizes a student who participated in the SOT Undergraduate Program, is from a group underrepresented in toxicology, and is presenting an abstract at the SOT Annual Meeting. Additionally, over fifty undergraduates joined the travel award recipients for the open Sunday activities.
The Committee on Diversity Initiatives (CDI) would like to recognize and give special thanks to these wonderful program volunteers. Many of this year’s participants have reported back on what a wonderful and affirming experience they had during the Undergraduate Program, and how valuable the experience will be as they look ahead to plan career paths and consider pursuing advanced degrees. Talks will describe key factors that impact the interpretation of nonclinical discovery and development studies. This international meeting will bring scientists from around the world to the University of Rochester to discuss emerging knowledge about the AHR and its many ligands.
Led by numerous nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field of medical toxicology, this course provides a broad overview of the scope of medical toxicology and a detailed perspective into current clinical and public health toxicological issues. The International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX) organizes the largest and most prestigious International Congress on Toxicology (ICT) every three years, offering the opportunity to learn the latest developments in toxicological science and regulation through general scientific sessions and continuing education courses. This conference will provide a forum for communication and interactions between toxicologists, pathologists, clinicians, pharmacologists, basic scientists, and other professionals working in the field of ocular toxicology. Career challenges faced by female trainees and professionals will be discussed including negotiating a competitive salary, climbing the career ladder, speaking up without appearing aggressive, and effective networking.
It includes academic faculties, schools, institutions, and centers, all focused on supporting and advancing specific areas of economic and social activity through learning, teaching, research, and consultancy.
This program is best for students who need to fulfill electives and is not recommended for students who need to fulfill requirements for their major or concentration.
Please keep in mind that there are no class meeting times listed and that some courses may not be held both semesters.
There are also a Minor in European Studies, a Minor in Middle East Studies, a Minor in India Studies and a Minor in Human Rights.
The day concluded with two students, Ali from Afghanistan and Aziz from Iraq, telling their stories of how they partook in WEA Community Interpreting Courses to help others like themselves to integrate and find success.
Half of the students were on means-tested benefits and 28 per cent from disadvantaged postcodes.
If he had not secured his O-level qualifications by attending evening classes, he would not have been able to attend university and subsequently forge a career in national politics.
Award-winning journalist Nadine Dereza hosted the event, which highlighted the fantastic work of the students, tutors and staff that make the WEA special. After my third was born I had to deal with redundancy and the serious illness of my husband. On Saturday, the formal business of the conference will take place with debates on some of the key issues affecting the WEA and adult education. It was entitled Changing Lives and revealed the extent to which adult learning impacts on so many areas of an individual’s life. In order to help people fully integrate into their communities and boost active citizenship, we believe more should be done to encourage and facilitate English language learning for those who need it. An effective ESOL programme has the potential to promote community cohesion, fair access to services, social mobility and can enable students to access the labour market.
Applicants should also hold a Level 4 teaching qualification (minimum) or be willing to work towards this. Unless we have accessible and affordable education and skills provision economic growth will stall, our productivity levels will continue to be below the G7 average, and five million adults will continue to struggle without basic literacy and numeracy skills. Alongside the petition, hundreds of WEA students who have benefited from adult education have been writing to their MPs to protest against potential cuts in the Spending Review. Singing is found in all human societies and can be performed to some extent by the vast majority of people.
Each course, made up of two-hour sessions, was run over seven months with a two-week break in the middle.
It was a difficult feat considering that she had four children (her youngest at the time was one years old) and it meant leaving behind the security of a profession which she was thriving in. Please help us maintain this vital service for generations to come by highlighting the importance of adult education to the Chancellor and BIS over the coming months. Toxicology, and science in general, continues to suffer from a lack of sustained investment and commitment from academic institutions, corporations, and government entities.
The basic principles of the use of animal models of disease is reviewed as well as the advantages and disadvantages of these models. This live webinar is open only to members of the partnering societies of the SLC listed on the SLC website, and you must register to attend. However, the use of animal models, particularly for rare disease drugs, is increasing, and regulators are tasked with determining whether the data generated in these models are adequate to support drug development and approval of safe and effective therapies, with limited clinical trial data. Patricia Brown, OLAW Director, discusses why this application section is required, what reviewers look for, and more. The CEF Panel addresses questions related to safety in the use of materials in contact with food (substances used to manufacture food contact materials and processes to recycle plastics intended for food contact), food enzymes, flavouring substances, processing aids, and processes. This series will provide pharmaceutical industry and regulatory perspectives on this topic. The aim of this webinar is to review the use of animal models of disease in the evaluation of exaggerated pharmacology and toxicity to improve the relevance and extrapolation of the assessments to the intended disease population.
On December 3, a workshop on exposure and risk calculation was given to a smaller audience of approximately 30 students and faculty. Michael Kordi, the rector of the university, to discuss potential future collaboration with this large and important regional institution. The main focus will be two-fold: to improve our understanding of ocular toxicology, pharmacology, and safety assessment and to increase our understanding of the challenges associated with the development of the next generation of ocular drugs and devices. As a master regulator of gene expression, the epigenome is responsive to a diverse range of environmental factors including toxicant exposure, diet, stress, and socioeconomic circumstances. I cannot thank the SOT Education Committee enough for giving me this enthralling opportunity to make a strong impact on a group of students and faculty in India.
The needs, obstacles, and questions the students had regarding career and education in the field of toxicology came to light and I did my best to provide answers to those issues. Our journal has been ahead of most in addressing these issues and expanding editorial policies to improve the rigor, reliability, and reproducibility of the science that appears within. The award recipient is selected by the CDI and may be either a graduate student or undergraduate student. The Sunday program is open to any undergraduate student who registered for the Annual Meeting, including the 2016 Pfizer SOT Undergraduate Travel Award Recipients.
Featured themes include understanding inter-individual sensitivity, mechanisms of transgenerational inheritance, advances in high throughput screening, and emerging chemicals of concern.
Symposia topics include early prenatal diagnosis of birth defects, testicular dysgenesis syndrome, and thrombosis during pregnancy. The content of this course will provide information that could be helpful to those seeking certification in toxicology or to those seeking more advanced training in toxicology.
It's an appropriate course for physicians preparing for their board exams as well as any medical professional interested in increasing his or her understanding of the impact of toxicology on human health and local communities. The webinar series is sponsored by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI), in collaboration with the Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA) Center, University of Cincinnati and endorsed by the Society of Toxicology and Society for Risk Analysis. The goal of this meeting is to communicate recent discoveries and promote discussion of miRNA biomarker research efforts between consortia partners and independent researchers as a critical step toward the streamlined utilization of promising biomarkers for nonclinical and clinical safety assessment. Visit the Modular Course website for course registration, course content, lodging, and other course information.
Symposia topics include: case studies on current issues within the field of genetic toxicology, exploring the role of DNA damage in epigenetics, recent advances in screening technologies, and the Pig-a gene mutation assay, as well as new techniques for identifying rare genotoxic events. That survey found that more than half of those aged under 60 gave improving communication skills as a specific skill developed on a WEA course.
Whilst we can’t guarantee tutors work, inclusion on our Tutor Panel ensures that you will be considered when suitable courses arise. Any solution is likely to rest upon innovative delivery methods and other ways of improving access as much as relying on tweaks to the entitlement for financial support.
We are being asked to train more students, perform more experiments, complete more paperwork, and publish more papers, yet the necessary investment in the infrastructure of science has not kept pace.
In addition, specific examples of the use of these models in safety assessments are presented. In general, nonclinical studies to support clinical trial initiation and ongoing development of small molecules and biologics are guided by ICH M3 and ICH S6; however, review divisions may apply regulatory flexibility.
The work of the two Panels mainly concerns substances evaluated by EFSA before their use can be authorized in the European Union. The basic principles of the use of animal models of disease will be reviewed as well as the advantages and disadvantages of these models. Ternopol State Medical University has an enrollment of 4,063 students, including 1,200 foreign students from 62 countries. Farland was the US Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator, Science, from 2001–2006. Traditional toxicological paradigms have relied on factors such as age, genetic polymorphisms, and disease status to identify variability in responsiveness to environmental toxicant exposure; however, these factors are neither sufficient to faithfully identify differentially responsive individuals, nor are they modifiable factors that can be leveraged to mitigate adverse health effects of toxicant exposures. A primary goal of this meeting is to feature new investigators, new technology, and new areas of concern, including potential effects on pollinators.
There will be numerous career development events designed specifically for students and new and early stage investigators. In particular, the organizing committee has focused on the two challenges that were considered to be of the highest importance in the field. Topics span organ systems and disease models and will include up-to-date thinking about how the AHR is relevant to the development and function of many organ systems, to numerous diseases, as well as to drug discovery and environmental health. The faculty consists of well-recognized experts in their field of study and most are Board Certified by the American Board of Toxicology (ABT). IUTOX is proud to present this meeting where toxicologists from around the world will share their recent findings with colleagues and other ICTXIV delegates. In particular, the committee has focused on the two challenges that were considered to be of the highest importance in the field.
They also have an extensive catalog of courses to choose from that is sure to fit your academic needs. Students will typically be placed in a double room where you will live with a roommate and use a communal bathroom and kitchen. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below, go to the horizontal navigation bar on the Education Abroad homepage; click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.
As toxicologists we must engage legislators (local to global), regulators, and scientific administrators to emphasize the importance of the foundation on which biomedical research is conducted.
In addition, specific examples of the use of these models in safety assessments will be presented.
Korchevskiy had the opportunity to tell the audience about the importance of toxicological professions and the priorities for the Society of Toxicology. For more information including continuing education and abstract submission, please visit the conference website.
We continue to identify ways to enhance the quality of our science and welcome feedback from our readers to guide us in this process. Rychlik, Allan Somers, and Pamella Tijerina led and inspired the students throughout the entire three-day program. An associated Gordon Research Seminar will be held in conjunction, led and organized by trainees, and featuring work in the area of genes, genetics, and genomics.
For additional information and to register, please visit the Teratology Annual Meeting website. Focusing on emerging ideas and transformative approaches will be a unifying basis from which participants working on every level from molecule to man can converge and discuss the past, present, and future of the Endocrine Disruptor Chemical (EDC) field. Immunogenicity of these therapeutics is a significant confounding factor and often makes nonclinical risk assessment difficult. To ensure an interactive meeting, registration is limited, so act soon to guarantee your place. Abstracts from students and new investigators received by March 4, 2016, will automatically qualify for potential travel awards. Gehring had a strong interest in encouraging individuals from groups underrepresented in the sciences to enter biomedical sciences and toxicology.
The development of these technologies is complicated by their complex and novel composition, the local cellular response often observed against these systems within the eye, and a lack of clear regulatory guidance in the field. For additional information and to register, go to the Ocular Toxicology conference website. Maria Neira, Director, Public Health and Environment Department, World Health Organization; Dr.



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