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Single Usage of Plastic Bag 🚮

Single-use disposable plastics waste was accumulation in recent year and ends up in landfills, dumps or in the open environment. Single-use plastics are intended to be used only once before they are thrown away, which result a major environmental issues in Malaysia where it has been ranked as 8th among the top ten countries with mismanaged plastic waste in the world. Malaysia aims to address single-use plastics by encouraging the plastic industry to transition to eco-friendly products.

Towards zero single-use plastics for a cleaner and healthier environment in Malaysia by 2030

Challenges Before Us

  • Lack of Awareness

The problem of plastic waste in Malaysia is driven by the habit of littering and unsustainable consumption habits

  • Low Recycling Rate

Due to focusing on high value recycle materials, only waste materials like transparent PET bottles are being recycled in mass volume. Other waste materials (i.e.food packaging, polystyrene products and straws) that do not have recycling value are almost never recycled due to lack of technology or business viability.Besides that,the local recyclers are challenged to ensure the sustainability and quality of raw materials

  • Biodegradability and Cost of Current Alternative to Plastics

The current biodegradable alternatives are higher in price than plastics. This factor does not encourage businesses to embrace alternative products

  • Enforcement

Given the ubiquitous nature of single-use plastics and its huge usage, enforcement especially at local levels would pose some challenges

  • Integrated Waste Management

This integrated approach could act as a catalyst for waste to wealth interventions by creating downstream industries such as fertiliser, energy, and the animal feed industry

Action Plan

Environmental groups have reacted to the government’s decision to extend the 20sen plastic bag charge to all types of business premises in 2022, by calling for a complete ban on the use of plastic bags. Each state has started to have ‘No Plastic Bag’ campaign in each week as it was a way to protect the environment. However, the implementation of the policy needed support from traders and local authorities, who will be monitoring the campaign to make it successful.
Many restaurants in Malaysia have stopped handing out straws unless they were specifically requested by customers. Plastic straws are very harmful to the environment as they are hard to recycle, aren’t biodegradable and they (obviously) threaten our marine life.
When used up a container, make sure to clean it​ up​ and if you can’t repurpose, recycle. Find out where you can take them after the isolation. If you don’t know where to start, your city will have information that ​might​ help you. Reusing plastics are good ways to prevent you from buying more needless plastics.
Malaysia is returning 42 shipping containers of illegally imported plastic waste to the UK, its environment minister has announced. The UK government said it received a request from Malaysian authorities last year to repatriate the waste and some containers had already arrived back.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “We continue to work with the shipping lines and Malaysian authorities to ensure all waste is brought back as soon as possible.”

He added the government was also “working hard to stop illegal waste exports from leaving our shores in the first place”. The authorities hope to send back another 110 containers by the middle of 2020 – with 60 of those going to the US.

The plastic you use once tortures the oceans forever

Environmental Courses in UK Universities

University of Birmingham

  • Environmental Science BSc (Hons)

The Environmental Science BSc degree is designed around three key themes – understanding environmental processes and systems; investigating changes and impacts; and enabling their prediction and mitigation.

Manchester Metropolitan University

  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Science

The course combines aspects of physical and life sciences, helping you build an understanding of environmental issues today.

You’ll also gain a wide range of practical and analytical skills, working in the lab and the field. By the time you graduate, you’ll be able to collect, process, and analyse data from a range of sources across different scientific disciplines – giving you the understanding to make informed recommendations in a professional context.

Bournemouth University

  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Science

The degree has been developed to give you a solid overview in the discipline of environmental science, as well as looking at how humans shape the world around us and humanity can tackle the issues arise from this.

In addition to covering specialist theory, the degree’s highly practical element seeks to equip you with a host of transferable skills essential for finding employment after you graduate, or alternatively, for progressing on to Masters courses and completing further research.

University of East Anglia

  • BSc Environmental Sciences

You’ll gain important field skills and have the chance to put them into practice on field trips to locations such as Spain, Ireland or Greece, as well as the UK. Upon graduation you will be well equipped to follow one of a wide range of environmental careers or use your skills to pursue other graduate opportunities.

University of the West of England

  • BSc(Hons)Environmental Science

BSc(Hons) Environmental Science brings together knowledge from a variety of fields to give you a deep understanding of the environmental challenges facing the world today.

Through a practical, hands-on approach that runs through all the modules, you’ll gain exposure to the skills and technology employed at the forefront of environmental science.

Carry out your own investigations in our specialist labs, and use the latest mapping software in our dedicated computer suite.
 

Newcastle University

  • Environmental Science BSc Honours

Biology and geography are an important part of this degree, to help you to understand the processes within ecosystems and how we can manage our natural resources effectively.

You will also study chemistry, physics and geology as applied to the study of the environment. Topics cover a wide range of subjects, from plant biology and ecology, to sustainability and environmental law.

You’ll learn about the role of social and economic factors, ethics and public perception in environmental management.
 

Decrease the use of the plastic, increase the age of mother Earth🌏

Together we can heal the Planet🗺️

UK Higher Education: Reopening Guidance

This article is help providers of higher education in England to understand how to minimise risk during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and provide services to students. From 4 July, where 2 metres social distancing is not viable, reducing the distance down to a minimum of 1 metre can be used but only if appropriate mitigation is in place.

Principles for higher education provision

All higher education providers should share the same practice so that there is a consistent approach to reopening that puts the health and safety of all students and staff at its priority:

  • Accommodation for all students who need to be on site should be recommended to minimise any coronavirus (COVID-19) risk
  • Students in residential settings (halls of residence or houses of multiple occupation): this guidance on isolation for residential educational settings may be helpful
  • International students who may have returned home: when reopening settings you should pay particular attention to those international students who have returned home and have been unable to return to the UK. You should ensure that they receive adequate teaching provision, exams and other core elements of the learning experience
  • All students who may have been released from accommodation contracts and would have nowhere to stay if needed on campus

Reopening laboratories

Guidance on Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19), including in laboratories and research facilities. The same considerations might apply to laboratory science teaching as well, if it can be done in a way that reduces risks to those using the facilities.
Health and Safety Executive should carry out a risk assessment to assess the risk of (COVID-19) and the need to protect people who are at a higher risk to improve control of workplace risks if needed.

Reopening other buildings

It may be appropriate to consider reopening low-density buildings first as a phased way of extending access to the campus while safeguarding the needs of staff and students. Libraries can open from 4 July in a COVID-secure way. Libraries Connected has drawn up guidance for public libraries to support reopening that will also be relevant for university libraries.

Social distancing on campus

University Campus
Risk assessments should be conducted in the forthcoming academic year in order to understand:

  • the number of students and staff likely to be included in a learning space and how they can be accommodated as safely as possible
  • the availability of staff, including contingency plans should individuals be shielding (until 1 August, but refer to public health guidance for updates) or self-isolating
  • supporting services required in increasing the number of individuals on-site (for example, catering) and how they can be provided as safely as possible
  • what measures in addition to those that have already been undertaken during the current outbreak will need to be in place to accommodate additional numbers (including additional cleaning required of spaces and equipment following use)

Higher Education should implement a range of protective measures including increased cleaning, reducing ‘pinch points’ (such as at the start and end of day), and utilising outdoor space. Beside that, they should ensure that they understand the NHS Test and Trace process and how to contact their local Public Health England health protection team.

Identify the appropriate mix of online and face-to-face lecture, reflecting what will maximise learning as well as supporting staff or students who cannot attend campus, and enabling the provider as a whole to minimise transmission risk.

The public health guidance is to reduce social contact, maintain social distance, adopt good hand and respiratory hygiene measures and to self-isolate and get tested if you have symptoms.

Transport

Some Uni may also arrange transport. Student will therefore want to have regard to the guidance for passengers and operators. The current advice is to avoid using public transport, and aim to walk, cycle or drive instead. If using public transport is necessary, wearing a face covering is mandatory, unless you are exempt for health, disability or other reasons:
 

International students and self-isolation

University Campus

Uni and students will need to have regard to guidance that relates to residents or visitors travelling to the UK, who will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and complete a contact detail declaration from 8 June 2020.

Staff and student wellbeing

University Campus

The Minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan, wrote to the OfS and HE providers in March to highlight a need to focus on mental health and wellbeing across HE.
Govt will continue to work closely with the HE sector to promote good practice and support students and providers during the outbreak. HE providers are autonomous bodies, independent from government and have a responsibility to support students with mental health conditions.

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King’s College London in Fighting The Coronavirus

A large number of King’s researchers, academics, clinicians and students are collaborating between departments and with other institutions to get the best minds together to lead the UK’s response to this global challenge.

Scientists from the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine have been working to screen drugs that could have the potential to target the COVID-19 virus. Led by Professor Mauro Giacca, the team has been using robotic technology in King’s School of Cardiovascular Medicine & Sciences to study the functionality of drugs.

When the pandemic started to strike, we reconverted our activity to search whether, among the already approved and available drugs, there are any that can block viral replication and can thus be rapidly re-purposed against COVID-19.

Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

 

As one of the largest and most successful centres for research and education in the UK, we benefit from extensive international and local partnerships that encourage innovative and progressive collaboration.

Research is core to what we do and how we educate. We are strategically aligned to King’s Health Partners, bringing together academics and clinicians who are committed to ensuring efficient translation and adoption of research innovation into clinical practice.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), over 91.8 percent of our research was rated 4 star or 3 star. The Faculty is ranked:

  • 14th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2019)
  • 16th in the world for Anatomy & Physiology (QS World University Rankings 2019)
  • 17th in the world for Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019)

Subject Areas

 

Anatomy

Anatomy at King’s College has an international reputation for scholarship and teaching, The Guy’s campus is home to the world-famous Gordon Museum of Pathology and has long been linked to the production of Gray’s Anatomy. Wide range of modules at all levels across the Bioscience Education programmes.

 

Biochemistry

Biochemistry is at the heart of the rapid and exciting advances in biomedical science that have been one of mankind’s major achievements of the past 60 years – from understanding enzyme function to deciphering the structure of DNA to modern stem cell biology and genomics.

 

Common Year One

Common Year One’ is the name given to our first year curriculum of our bioscience courses. The hallmark of our Common Year One programmes is flexibility: all students complete the same Common Year One curriculum, covering the core biomedical science disciplines – see the list on the right of this page. After this, you can make an informed decision on which degree you wish to pursue and modules become increasingly specialised according to your choice.

 

Genetics

Genetics is a fast moving moving and expanding field that is transforming medicine, agriculture, biotechnology, and biomedical research, with huge impacts on our daily lives.

 

Medicine

Blending biomedical sciences, population sciences and clinical practice, it provides early authentic clinical experiences to truly bring medicine to life. King’s medical graduates will be distinguishable as critical scientific thinkers, champions for mental health and leaders in service quality improvement – equipped to address healthcare challenges on a local and global scale.

 

Immunology

The Teaching Centre of Immunology is a hub for high-quality immunology teaching and training on programmes for medical and non-medical undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students, as well as clinical trainees and post-doctoral fellows.

 

Nutrition

King’s Department of Nutritional Sciences is a leader in the training of students, in research, and in consultancy to governments, international agencies, industry and the media.

 

Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Pharmacology is the science concerned with the study of drugs and how they work to combat disease, as well as the search for new, improved drugs. It brings together several biomedical sciences including physiology, biochemistry and toxicology. There are also close links with medicine and pharmacy.

 

Pharmacy at King’s

The role of the pharmacist is evolving faster than ever before. By being a frontline source of expert advice on health and medicines, they’re helping healthcare teams optimise medicines use, avoid medication errors and alleviate the strain on A&E departments.

 

Physiotherapy

As the largest allied health professional group, physiotherapists work with people with a variety of disabilities and their families/carers and use physical means to promote health, optimal rehabilitation and, where possible, recovery. The wide scope of physiotherapy is one of its assets, making it an exciting and varied career.

 

Sport & Medicine Exercise Sciences

At King’s, you’ll divide your time between practical work in the lab and understanding underlying theory in several key areas: physiology, psychology, biomechanics, cell biology, nutrition, and clinical science. Because of the broad nature of the subject, this degree is a great starting point for a range of rewarding careers.

 

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College Announces New Principal & CEO

City College Plymouth has appointed Ms Jackie Grubb as its new Principal and Chief Executive Officer.

The College’s Chair of Governors, Pauline Odulinski, said: “On behalf of the Board I am delighted to announce that, following the very robust recruitment process, we have appointed Ms Jackie Grubb as the new Principal and Chief Executive Officer at City College Plymouth. She was overwhelmingly the recommendation of those involved in the recruitment process which included staff, students, managers and stakeholders.”

“The Governing Body was unanimous in its decision to appoint Ms Grubb and felt she had all the qualities, skills and experience needed to lead us in the next part of our journey to excellence. The Board was particularly impressed with Ms Grubb’s excellent track record in leading and managing in both Good and Outstanding organisations.”

Jackie has commented that she is looking forward to working at the College: “I am honoured to have been appointed Principal and Chief Executive Officer at City College Plymouth and am looking forward to working with such a dedicated team of staff, Governors and stakeholders, to ensure that all students continue to receive an outstanding experience and the College remains at the heart of the community.”

Jackie is currently the Principal at City of Westminster College, part of the United Colleges Group. She has a wealth of experience in further education having commenced her career as a lecturer more than 30 years ago. As well as being Principal at City of Westminster College, she has been Deputy Principal atBasingstoke College of Technology, Director of Curriculum at Swindon College and an Additional Inspector for Ofsted.

Jackie will take up her post this summer and is keen to spend time at the College before she joins. She will be meeting with local stakeholders when she visits.

College Tops South West Student Achievement Tables

The students at City College Plymouth gained the top spot for success in Apprenticeships in the South West and scored first place in the region for 16-18 year olds.

As a result of the hard work of students and staff, the Government’s national achievement rates tables for 2017/18 name City College Plymouth as the best college in the South West for Apprenticeships and education and training courses.

Principal of City College Plymouth, Penny Wycherley, praises the commitment of students and staff for the College’s success. She said: “These latest figures prove just how amazing our students and staff are, and how hard they have worked to achieve these fantastic results.

Penny continues: “It’s also testament to the close working relationship we have with the region’s employers who work with us to design quality programmes. Our courses meet the needs of industry and result in our students being guaranteed the best experience so they leave us ready to work. Employers can be confident that they are hiring someone who has the up-to-date industry knowledge and skills that their business needs to succeed, because their new employee studied at the region’s number one college!”

These latest figures secure the College’s position as one of the region’s leading education and training providers. In the Government’s national ‘FE Choices Student Satisfaction Survey 2017/18’, City College Plymouth students ranked their college first in the country for student satisfaction.

UK extends post-study visa for international students to find work

The UK government is allowing international students to stay up to one year after their study visa expires to find work in the UK.

It comes as part of a government initiative to increase recruitment by more than 30 percent and boost income to the sector from its current £20 billion per year to £35 billion per year, the government announced last week.

“The strategy includes a number of measures to help the sector maximise the potential of UK education exports abroad, including…Extending the period of post-study leave for international student visas, considering how the visa process could be improved for applicants and supporting student employment,” the UK government website notes.

According to the Department of Education, undergraduate and Master’s students will be able to stay for six months post-graduation, while doctoral candidates will be able to stay up to one year. All graduates currently get to stay for up to four months post-graduation, with PhD candidates can apply for an additional year.

It also states there will be more support for getting international students into employment, hinting at a policy change from the country’s current “hostile environment” policy which deters international students from working in the UK.

As Brexit looms, UK universities are bracing for their financial coffers to shrink. They stand not only to lose a pool of EU students post-Brexit, but also the European Research Development Fund – a specially-allocated investment that funds a substantial number of projects amounting to more than £26,627,123 between 2014-2020 – across higher education providers in the UK.

To offset this, leading universities are looking to recruit more non-EU students, especially those from China and India, according to Sir Anton Muscatelli, Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow University and Chairman of the Russell Group.

“As we prepare to leave the EU it is more important than ever to reach out to our global partners and maximise the potential of our best assets – that includes our education offer and the international students this attracts,” Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, said in a statement.

The new UK International Education Strategy also includes the appointment of a new International Education Champion, a £5 million GREAT Challenge Fund to promote the entire UK education sector internationally, better data on education exports and closer relationships between government departments.

Universities UK, the representative organisation for UK’s universities, welcomed the visa extension, noting, however, that it could be extended further.

“We would like the government to go further and extend this opportunity to at least two years and we will continue to urge them on this point.”

Chief Executive of UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) told The PIE News“The big news is the numerical target.

“If all government departments, including and especially the Home Office, got behind this and simplified our massively complex visa rules, we could really start to motor.”

Indian students, however, are less impressed with the announcement. Calling it a “lollipop” to entice international students, former De Montfort University student, Nimesh D Soni, who graduated in 2011, said it was “a joke” to expect students to land a job within six months.

“The purpose behind the post-study work permit is to gain work experience and recover education costs, mostly through loans. Who would get a highly paid job after their degree?” he told Times of India.

“It took me nine months to get a proper job after finishing my studies. At least two years would be appropriate. This is just a lollipop,” Nimesh said.

Another student, Malhar Khushu, who is currently reading biochemistry at Oxford, suggested that the real motive behind the visa extension move is clear.

“The UK sees international students as cash cows to profit from. This statement, while appearing benevolent, is clearly aimed at using international students to boost the post-Brexit British economy. If they really wanted to improve their international numbers, lowering the cost of international fees would very easily do the trick,” he said.