Lifelong Learning

The Institure is active in supporting a number of schools initiatives, and the following report details activities up to July 2016. Specifically, Greenpower, VEX Robotics & Children Challenging Industry. This is lead bt Leila Elliott. icon Lifelong Learning July 2016

2015 Prestigious Lecture

IMG 9819On 15 December, 2015, the Cleveland Scientific Institution, jointly with the Cleveland Institution of Engineers, hosted a public lecture by Dr Andrew Shovlin, Chief Race Engineer for the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team.This event was held at the Princess Alexandra Auditorium of Yarm School, and was attended by over 700 members, dignitaries and visitors. Dr Shovlin spoke on the design and engineering of the Mercedes F1 car. Earlier in the day, Dr Shovlin met with 5th & 6th formers of Conyers School, Yarm, at which he was a pupil. He then went on to read Mechanical Engineering at Leeds University where he gained his PhD. He joined Ross Brawn in achieving the 2009 World Constructors' Championship, and now with Mercedes F1 has been part of winning the 2014 and 2015 Championships. He has supported Jenson Button, Michael Schumacher, and now recently Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg in their racing careers.

IMG 9812The opportunity was taken at this event to present the 2015 James Winship Jackson Award to Hannah Benton, studying a part-time degree in Mechanical Engineering at Teesside University. Pictured here with Andrew and Dr Paul Shelton, current CSI President.

Further photos are available here: 1 - 2 - 3 - all full size.

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2015/16 President

IMG 4494Pictured 2014/15 President, Colin Howard, congratulating Dr Paul Shelton on becoming our 2015 President. Paul is Assistant Dean, Student Engagement, Employability & Business Partnerships, for the School of Science & Engineering, Teesside University.

Teesside University SIPS Fund

SIPS FundCSI funding, matched by the Government, has enable eight Teesside University students to undertake invaluable laboratory experience investigating parameters for the extraction of illicit drugs from wastewater under the supervision of Dr Gillian Taylor and Northumbria Water. Solid phase extraction techniques have been optimised towards cocaine and cocaine metabolites from wastewater and then detection using Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry. Students have gained knowledge of changing chemical parameters to increase SPE efficiency, investigated factors towards optimum chromatographic conditions and more importantly gained confidence in laboratory skills which are essential for future employment.

CSI Sponsors Greenpower NE Regional Heat at Croft

DSC 0309ec-sThe CSI along with Cummins were Associate Platinum Event Sponsors with the IMechE being the organising committee support engineers.

These events are organised in order to encourage pupils to consider STEM careers.

For most of the day the weather was OK and started with a morning Goblin junior event incorporating 15 cars. The main senior event (11-16 years)  for the IET Formula 24 distance race was the afternoon endurance race which lasted for some for 4 hours and involved 35 cars.

Attendance complete with snack bars etc. and a buffet for sponsors was very good and the CSI banner was on display adjacent to the IMechE etc. All entries were from schools around and beyond the Cleveland area.

The schools and pupils taking part were full of enthusiasm and the day included assembly exercises for students as well as presentations and various lectures from the Greenpower team.

There was a wide range of various builds and designs of cars all incorporating different features . Sub frames were made from various materials including wood,DSC 0207e-s aluminium, mild steel etc. in order to keep the weight down. The only mandatory common features are the batteries and motor which are specified by Greenpower. F24 denotes two 12v batteries and for the endurance race you have 3 sets of batteries and up to 3 drivers which are changed in pit stops.  

Kits for building the cars start at around £2700 but schools have great difficulty in raising such funds and I spent a lot of time going round and talking to various schools and students as well as the Greenpower team.

Lap times and status were recorded and displayed on lap tops throughout the event. Quite professional. Pit stops, repairs, battery and driver changes were so interesting to watch. Fancy keeping a car running round a race track for 4 hours !!!

Health and Safety was a priority as these car travel round the track at speeds up to 30mph. There were quite a few adult stewards around organising pit stops etc.


The CSI sponsored Longfield Academy, Queen Elizabeth College and Richmond Schools on the day. Queen Elizabeth was in the 24+ category for the over 16's and the others were in the F24 category. Longfield had 2 cars and one of them came second in the kit car category, they were 7th overall in the second race. Richmond won the IET Engineering Prize for the best engineering of the day and they also had the second fastest lap speed overall. At the end of the event at around 5pm the winners were announced.

DSC 0180e-sThree will go forward to the National Finals at Goodwood.


For more information on the Greenpower North East Regional Heat and the National Finals Event please look at the Greenpower Education Trust Website. It is very comprehensive.DSC 0408e-s

2015 Awards

liam.wintrip 1The awards for 2014 were presented at the IChemE Annual Dinner on Friday 13 March, at Judges,Yarm. Award winners were Liam Wintrip for his undergraduate BSc Chemistry project, and Joyce Clarke, for her post-graduate MSc Biotechnology project.

The James Winship Jackson Award (President's Award) was founded in the name of James Winship Jackson, a local engineer, past president (twice), and long-standing member, serving the Institution for over 50 years.

This award is presented to an outstanding undergraduate student registered in the second year of any approved degree course in the School of Science and Engineering at the University of Teesside, having made extraordinary progress in taught study or research.

The Alfred Clayton-Hill Award, was founded by Mr Walter Sacker Hill in memory of his father, Mr Alfred Clayton-Hill. The legacy for this purpose passed to the Institution in May 1965.

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A scholarship was created to fulfil the testator's desire to promote and encourage technical and scientific education and the advancement of young men who are training to become blast furnace t

This award was more recently varied to be presented to an outstanding post-graduate student, registered in the School of Science and Engineering at Teesside University, having made extraordinary progress in taught study or research.echnicians.

Both are seen being presented by Colin Howard, 2015 President.

Children Challenging Industry in the North East Report for Autumn 2014

In the autumn term of 2014, 11 schools completed the CCI project in the Tees Valley involving 278 children. 6 of these schools participated in staff Inset training sessions.

This involved a total of 81 members of staff. The remaining 5 are planned for January and February which will involve a further 76 members of staff. Most of these schools enjoyed site visits to local companies with 4 visits scheduled for January 2015. This brings the grand totals for the autumn/early spring to 11 site visits with 278 children and 157 teachers taking part.

The full report is available here.icon CCI Autumn Report 2014 (150.77 kB)

Top of the Bench 2014

TOB3014St Leonard's Catholic School in Durham are this year's winners, shown being presented with the shields and certificates. They will now take part in the National Finals in March.

Thanks to CSI (Leila Elliott) and RSC Teesside Local Section funding, three heats were held in local schools. Thanks also to STEMNET at RTC North-Carol Harrison who helped with the photocopying of materials
1. Nov 26 Trinity College Middlesbrough 9 teams took part
2. Nov 27 Carmel College Darlington 6 teams took part
3. Nov 28 Durham Johnston School Durham 6 teams took part
Total number of schools taking part – 21
The following 8 teams with the highest scores took part in the finals at Teesside University on 11 December.
Barnard Castle, Durham High School for Girls, Durham School, High Tunstall, Hummersknott, Red House, St Leonard's and Wolsingham.
Acting on feedback from teachers more marks were awarded for the practical component and we were assisted for the first time by judges from industry. Mark Jefferson from Lucite, Nigel Gibson from Sembcorp, Richard Ward and Liz Colbourn from RSC Teesside Local Section's Committee also helped with the marking. Joe McGinnis assisted with the marking at one of the heats as did Ralph Jones. Joe McGinnis also presented the shield to the winners on the day.

Current Funded Activities

Prizes and Awards

The James Winship Jackson and Alfred Clayton-Hill awards are presented annually.

Scholarships & Prizes

Bursaries to support selected Science & Engineering students of Teesside University.

A recent donation of £24,000, worth £48,000 to the School of Science & Engineering will go towards:
• short industrial placements for undergraduate students from the school in local engineering companies
• scholarships
• continuing to award a range of academic prizes at the University’s annual graduation ceremonies in November.

Read the full story here. These will all start to take effect in the academic year, beginning September 2011. The CSI has also donated prizes to the School of Science & Engineering at Teesside’s graduation ceremonies for the last 18 years.

Meeting Room Hire

Member organisations of the CSI enjoy free room hire at The University of Teesside for up to 10 meetings per year. This will be reviewed annually, based on cost and usage.

Educational Grants

Small grants towards projects to raise the profile of science in the local community are available on a part-funded basis, as budget permits.

Please download thisicon Application for Funding (95 kB) form and when completed, send to:

Julie Shelton
School of Science & Engineering
Teesside University
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- for consideration at our next Council Meeting.

Funding for the above is provided from investment income. Please download our investment policy for more details. icon Investment Policy (57.3 kB)