The University of Tasmania (UTAS) is proud of its association with the Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (PICSE) program, which originated here in Tasmania in 1998 before national expansion in 2007. It has operated under the auspices of the School of Agricultural Science then under the Tasmanian Institute for Agriculture and is ultimately the responsibility of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology. The Tasmanian program has been funded substantially from UTAS, together with a series of grants from federal agencies and with significant support from Tasmanian businesses, schools and teachers. The national program, hosted by UTAS, was similarly funded in several states, with strong support from other universities and the Research and Development Corporation sector.
After an extensive 12-month consultative process with key sponsors, UTAS has been unable to find further external funding required to enable the ongoing operations of the Tasmanian PICSE node in its current form. It is therefore with regret that we have to advise of the closure of the Tasmanian office of the PICSE program. UTAS will take key components of PICSE and incorporate these into the already extensive school and public engagement activities run through the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology.
This is an opportunity to build on the PICSE concept and continue to excite students about science and technology, especially opportunities in the primary production sector, and the importance of innovation, inventiveness and discovery in our economy and society. Improving maths and science literacy will continue to remain a high priority.
Our planning for this transition has only commenced in the last few weeks and, when this is more advanced, we will seek input so we can work together with the primary and secondary school system to build the capacity of Tasmanian students to understand, tackle and solve problems - whether working in businesses or pursuing further studies.
The University remains committed to giving more access to higher education in Tasmania and supporting teachers and students in achieving this commitment.
Professor Margaret Britz | Dean
Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology | University of Tasmania
Private Bag 50 Hobart TASMANIA 7001
T +61 3 6226 1799 | F +61 3 6226 7809 | E Margaret.Britz@utas.edu.au
For further information please contact: The PICSE National Office e-mail: PICSE.Admin@utas.edu.au or phone: 03 6430 4517
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