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Recognition for STS public engagement training

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The STS department, in collaboration with UCL's Public Engagement Unit and UCL Outreach, has recently developed a suite of new training courses for postgraduate students relating to public engagement skills.  The courses, run as part of the Graduate School's Skills Development Programme, were piloted for the first time this year, to great acclaim by the participants involved.  Feedback from the courses included:

Book now for STS20 reunion

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Booking is now available for STS20, celebrating 20 years of our undergraduate programmes.

MSc Application Deadline - 2nd August

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Applications for our brand new MSc courses in Science, Technology and Society and in the History and Philosophy of Science, starting September 2013, have been coming in thick and fast all of this year. For those who are considering applying but haven't yet done so there is still time to apply with the last date applications can be submitted this year being the 2nd August 2013.

Both MScs can be studied full or part time and Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma options are also available.

For more information on the content and application processes go to: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/prospective/msc/uclmastersdegrees

Nobel Debate in Nature

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Jack Stilgoe was quoted in a feature in Nature this week, talking about the recent proliferation of new prizes for science. The article was sceptical of the importance of such prizes. Here's what Jack says  “The suspicion is that these provide more benefit to the egos of the founders than to science… The idea that anyone would make a career choice based on the minuscule chance of winning, say, a Nobel, is ridiculous. Scientists, on the whole, are not in it for the money — and I am not sure we should want them to be…The prizes reinforce the mythology of science in which lone geniuses come up with brilliant ideas on their own.”

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