COMING SOON from Learning Science: Chemistry interactive resources

Here at LearnSciHQ, we’re working hard on developing new interactive resources to expand our chemistry library. Over the past year we’ve had requests including electrochemistry, NMR, IR and TLC resources. That’s where we’re focusing our efforts this year, and we’ve got a sneak peek for you here.

Recruiting inspirational scientists through UCAS clearing

If, like us, you’ve a few more miles on the clock than most of this week’s UCAS clearing candidates, cast your mind back to 2001, the year many of them were born.

2001 delivered a dip in the UK birth rate. There are approximately 200,000 fewer UK-born people turning 18 this year than last. The birth rate dip lasted till 2002, so the picture will be the same for the 2020 cohort, before bouncing back with a 400,000 increase in 2021.

What does the birth rate dip mean for universities in this clearing cycle? 

Is your new academic year ready for take-off?

Summer. Cricket on the radio. The scent of freshly mown grass. Ripples of laughter from distant beer gardens. And… the small matter of fixing all the things on your to-do list before the new academic year begins, and we go around again.

With the dust barely settled on the exam room tables it feels a bit drastic to be whipping ourselves into action for the new academic year to come. But as we know, the hardest part of the job is usually starting it, and the sooner we start, the easier things become.

So, if your to-do list includes ramping up your pre-lab resources or helping students cement their learning post-lab, we’d better get cracking.

Can we help your students fail?

Edison, arguably America's greatest inventor, knew the value of failure. He made over a thousand unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. Later when asked by a reporter, ‘How did it feel to fail a thousand times?’ Edison replied, ‘I didn't fail a thousand times. The light bulb was an invention with a thousand steps.’

We help students learn science. It’s in our company name. So unsurprisingly eyebrows rise when we tell people we help students fail. Shouldn’t our mission be diametrically opposed to failure? No. Failure should be embraced.

COMING SOON from Learning Science: Bioscience interactive resources

Our summer innovations here at LearnSciHQ are well underway, and we’ve got a wide range of bioscience and chemistry resources to reveal, for a planned autumn 2019 release. Here’s a sneak peek of the new expansion to our bioscience resource library, featuring physiology, pharmacology, genetics and safety.

Is the sting in summer’s tail your academic budget review?

The long-awaited summer break is upon us. Here at Learning Science that means a chance to meet with our customers at lots of events and conferences, get feedback on how we help them, and to ask what more we can do to make life easier. 

One big theme we’re hearing, is that along with warmer evenings and a chance to reflect on the previous academic year, summer also means budget review time for many of you.

So, if you find yourself in a budgetary bunfight and want others to see the value Learning Science brings, what are the big things you can be talking about?