FAQs

What are the objectives of the Rolls-Royce Science Prize?

To recognise and reward excellence in science teaching across the full spectrum of teaching contexts, from special education needs to high-ability pupil groups in 3 to 11, 11 to 16 and 16 to 19 age categories. Promote innovative and sustainable strategies for teaching science which address a specific need in schools and colleges contribute to teachers' continuing professional development

Why is Rolls-Royce running the Science Prize?

For years, Rolls-Royce has supported a range of national and local education activities, many involving our employees as part of their on-going training and personal development programmes. We are building on our presence in the education sector with this major long-term science education programme in the United Kingdom

Why did Rolls-Royce choose to make it a Science Prize?

At Rolls-Royce, we have a clear interest in the development of science education. As a major global employer of scientists and engineers we recognise that the future supply of skills needed in our industry is dependent on the quality of science teaching delivered in schools and colleges

Why have Rolls-Royce decided to include Maths into the Prize?

As we enter our 10th year of the prize we wanted to refresh the competition. Maths is key to our business and after much research we found there was a lot of support for the integration of this core subject.

If you have included Maths into the Prize why is it still called the Rolls-Royce Science Prize?

The Rolls-Royce Science Prize is a well-recognised brand in both the business and education worlds, we therefore did not want to change this important and well established brand.

Teams

Who can be in a team?

Teams can be comprised of any combination of the following, but not including pupils or students:

  • Head Teachers
  • Deputy Head Teachers
  • Heads of Science
  • Science Teachers
  • Laboratory Technicians
  • Other Subject Teachers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • School Governors
  • Parents
  • Representatives from commerce and industry
  • Other adults deemed eligible by the school or college

How many people can be in a team?

The team can be a minimum of three adults or a maximum of six.

Can teams be made up from more than one school?

Yes, entries are welcomed from staff collaborating from more than one school, with the lead school submitting the entry.

Who can enter?

Any school/college including nursery schools in the UK and Republic of Ireland that teach pupils from the age of 3 – 19 including those that attend a course at one of the network of Science Learning Centres.

What if I'm unable to attend a course at one of the Science Learning Centres?

If you can't attend please contact the National Science Learning Centre in York or your nearest Regional Science Learning Centre, they will be able to advise how you can enter the competition and access the on-line form. Maths teachers wishing to enter the competition can access the on-line form through the IMA or NCETM  websites. Alternatively you can contact Rolls-Royce via our contact details on this website.

When will teams be able to submit entries?

The Rolls-Royce Science Prize will be available to receive entries from 1 September 2013 - 26 May 2014.

When is the closing date?

The closing date for entries is 26 May 2014. Once selected as a Special Merit Award winner you will be required to complete additional information to complete your entry into the competition. The additional information must be completed by the deadline provided to you.

When will the winners be notified?

Those selected as a Rolls-Royce 2014 finalist will be notified in July 2014. Our winning and runner-up teams from our current finalists will be announced at our annual awards ceremony.