Based in Dunfermline, SSERC has acquired a third building which will house its professional learning offering to support STEM education for childminders, early years practitioners and primary school teachers as well as housing professional learning activities to support digital learning and computing science from early years to senior phase in secondary schools.

The Minister for Higher Education, Further Education and Science,  Richard Lochhead, formally opened SSERC’s Jocelyn Bell Burnell building on 19th December 2018. Mr Lochhead said “great STEM learning starts with great STEM teaching, from the early and primary years. Supporting education professionals with their own learning will inspire more young people to study STEM and is key to our STEM education and training strategy.

“This year, we are providing the Scottish Schools Education Research Centre with funding of £1.12 million for teacher up-skilling in science and technology and to deliver the new Scottish Young STEM leaders programme. I am pleased to support the Centre’s important work and that they are now able to offer courses in early learning, computing and digital skills.

“Giving everyone confidence and capability in STEM will drive inclusive economic growth and unlock opportunity for all.”

Pictured (left to right)

Richard Lochhead (MSP), Jim Leishman (Lord Provost of Fife), Alan Nimmo (Chair of SSERC Board), Alastair MacGregor (CEO SSERC), Jenna Speed (Art and Design pupil, Larbert High School).