The Centre for Industry Education Collaboration began life in 1988 as the Chemical Industry Education Centre. As part of the University of York, CIEC has charitable status and is a not-for-profit organisation. Since its inception, it has had the support of both the Department of Chemistry and the Chemical Industries Association. CIEC continues to work closely with the chemical sector to ensure that its science and related careers are easily understood by teachers and school children of all ages.
The recent name change, in 2014, represents the gradual development and expansion of CIEC’s core activities to include all science industries and all sciences taught in schools. CIEC’s highly regarded team continues to work with the primary and secondary education sectors, with its current project base being largely in primary education. Research has identified the 10-14 age range as the time when children ‘switch off’ from science and are often unaware of the career opportunities that science industries can offer. CIEC provides solutions to these problems, and then works with older students to maintain this momentum of enthusiasm, through programmes such as Spectroscopy in a Suitcase for A-level Chemistry students.
CIEC is responsible for running York University Science Outreach Centre (YSOC), which offers space for staff across the University to run STEM outreach activities with primary and secondary pupils.
Our continued existence is reliant on the support of organisations and companies that share our passion and provide funding for us to engage children in meaningful, contextualised science and to learn about the opportunities for careers in industry.
To find out how you can get involved, please contact CIEC. To learn about organisations that currently fund us, visit our sponsors page, and to read case studies about projects that companies have funded, visit our industry page.