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, Glasgow and Strathclyde.

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.

Grants to individual teachers and researchers

1.    The Scottish Association for Metals provides grants to individual researchers or teachers if it is judged that such a grant aids in promoting the advancement of the science and technology of metals, alloys and allied materials.

2.    The purpose of the award will be to assist the recipients to exchange or develop knowledge and understanding in the processing and behaviour of metals and allied materials.

3.    The award will normally contribute towards the travel and accommodation costs incurred by the recipients in the pursuit of these aims.

4.    Recipients will be expected to acknowledge the support of the Association and to support and promote its activities.

5.    All applications for an award must be submitted in writing to the Honorary Secretary of the Association using the grant form below not less than one month before the expenditure.

6.    The application should state the reason for the request, a breakdown of the expected costs, the expected contribution from the Association and the level of funding from other sources.

7.    The award will normally be paid to a business or academic establishment and will only be paid to individuals on proof of expenditure.

8.    All awards are at the sole discretion of the Association and no correspondence can be entered into.