RAS Diversity Ambassador Scheme

 May 23 2017

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) has partnered with STEM Learning to create a new scheme called the ‘diversity ambassador scheme’. This allows those of you who are STEM ambassadors to also become ‘diversity ambassadors’ for the RAS.

The purpose of this scheme is to encourage physics and astronomy researchers to engage with schools, particularly those in areas of socio-economic deprivation, where attainment is low and where the population is under-represented in astronomy and geophysics.

If you are a STEM ambassador and a RAS Fellow (www.ras.org.uk/membership/benefits) you can take part in this scheme!

If during your STEM ambassador visit to a school this school is one of our ‘diversity schools’ you become a RAS ‘diversity ambassador’ and you are eligible to claim for your travel expenses to that school. 

In order to claim your travel expenses you must complete a short feedback and evaluation form about your activity at the diversity school. Travel claims are not limited to one per year providing the RAS fellow meets the criteria for a diversity ambassador and travel claims fit within our policy for allowable travel. As a ‘diversity ambassador’ the RAS are available to you for support, resources and training, if requested, for any future school visits.

For any questions on this new scheme or to contact me about your visit email outreach@ras.org.uk