Could your organisation further CREST in your region?

The British Science Association (BSA) is looking for organisations to promote and support CREST Awards in regions across the UK.

Working with local companies, schools and other members of the CREST network, these regional CREST Support Organisations (rCSOs) will help achieve the BSA’s aim of doubling the number of CREST Awards, to 60,000 per year, by September 2019.

About CREST Awards

The CREST Awards scheme is the BSA’s flagship programme for young people, providing a flexible STEM project framework that inspires and engages 5-to-19-year-olds. The CREST Awards scheme has a longstanding legacy, with the BSA celebrating 30 years of CREST in 2017.

The CREST Awards scheme is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for project work in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM).

A unique selling point of CREST is that students are invited to take on the roles of scientists, researchers, engineer and designers to pursue their own ideas. It is the antithesis of 'recipe'-style science. No CREST project is identical, with different students producing unique, creative solutions and ideas to address the same initial brief.

About the role

For, on average, one working day per week the rCSO will actively promote and support CREST Awards in their region.

This involves:

  • Raising the awareness of CREST Awards in their region, encouraging educators to sign up for a free CREST online account and undertake projects and activities;
  • Promoting CREST to schools, clubs and other organisations that work with young people, using their strong and growing network of regional contacts.
  • Developing strategic relationships with local businesses, especially those in STEM or STEM-related sectors; and
  • Attending and organising local meetings and events, that are attended by educators and students, to promote CREST Awards.

The rCSO will be paid a flat fee of £4,500 per year, per region. The BSA will also pay yearly bonuses based on the increase in number of Awards sold - £1000 for a 50% increase on the region’s previous yearly sales, and £2250 for a 100% increase.

The regions rCSOs will operate in

The CREST network is divided in 13 regions  that cover the entire UK.

Below are the different regions, each of which will have an rCSO.

  • Berkshire and Surrey
  • East Midlands
  • East of England
  • Greater London
  • Herts and Essex
  • Midlands
  • North East
  • North West
  • Northern Ireland
  • Scotland
  • South East
  • South West
  • Wales

For a more detailed map of the regional borders, please download the full brief from the link below.

How to apply for the role

Download the Invitation to tender document below, which provides information on how to apply for the role and what information should be included in your bid.

Download the full Invitation to tender document (pdf)

Key dates

The tender window is open between 14 June 2017 and 17:00 14 July 2017.

The evaluation of bids, which may require follow up clarification questions, will take place between 17 July 2017 and 4 August 2017.

Successfully applicants will be informed by 11 August 2017, with contracts being signed before 01 September 2018.

If you have any questions regarding the role or the application process, please email Neil Trevethan.

We wish you the best of luck with your application, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.