Promoting and supporting the materials science and engineering

Through careful management of investments inherited from the West of Scotland Iron and Steel Institute, SAM is able to sponsor. It uses the income from these investments to provide financial support for activities that promote the advancement of the science and technology of metals, alloys and allied materials.  Approximately £7000 is available annually and is currently used to support:

  • Formula Student teams at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Strathclyde
  • the training of Technology Teachers working in Scottish Secondary Schools
  • the exchange and development of knowledge and understanding of materials amongst individual researchers and teachers
  • the provision of student prizes at the University of Glasgow and at Edinburgh Napier University. 

Formula Student

Formula Student is a student engineering competition held annually in the UK. Student teams from around the world design, build, test, and race a small-scale formula style racing car. Students participating in the teams develop a wide range of employability skills:

  • Knowledge and application of a wide range of engineering disciplines, including engineering materials and manufacture
  • Practical “workshop” skills
  • Inter-disciplinary and team working
  • Leadership
  • Project and time management
  • Knowledge transfer

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The Scottish Association for Metals currently sponsors the Formula Student teams at the Universities of Edinburgh, Heriot Watt, Glasgow, Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian

Training teachers

SSERC offers a broad portfolio of services principally in support of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics areas of the school curriculum.  This includes the provision of Career Long Professional Learning (CLPL) for early years, primary and secondary teachers, student teachers and school and college technicians.

The Association provides funding to support the delivery of training for technology teachers.

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Grants for taught course students to study materials

SAM welcomes applications from taught course students for scholarships valued at £500 for an extra-mural activity which involves the study of materials.

Those interested are encouraged to discuss potential applications with the nominated member of academic staff at their institution, as the extra-mural study is likely to involve a research element and the institution may be able to provide some match funding. Possible qualifying activities include:

  1. Any already-organised extra-mural activity (e.g. conference to present a paper issuing from a piece of project work that has already been examined) 
  2. Self-organised extra-mural activity (e.g. travel during summer vac.) 
  3. Vacation-based activity associated with a university research group (either the students’ institution or a partner institution

Applications should be submitted by 28th February by email to