The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has today announced the launch of the latest free study resources to help support the next generation of scientists. The six exciting new topics, which include study of medicines and disease, are further additions to its already extensive, free library of resources for students, teachers, and parents.
The launch of the new study aids coincides with the start of today's [Thursday 7 January] three day Association of Science Education (ASE) annual conference in Birmingham.
In light of the changes to the A-level Biology curriculum in September 2015, these six fantastic new resources have been launched to support A-level and post-16 biology teachers and students. Developed throughout 2015 for use in 2016 the new topics are:
The UK, and the biopharmaceutical industry, needs a continuous supply of high quality scientists, engineers, doctors and many other specialists, to meet the demands of an evolving and more technology-based world. The ABPI is committed to helping students develop the science skills needed for the future, and these study materials come as new research shows a lack of science skills is causing concern for the biosciences sector in the UK.
In a recent report produced by the ABPI, Bridging the skills gap in the biopharmaceutical industry (2015), we found that pharmaceutical companies are struggling to recruit for high skilled roles in the UK due to low numbers of good quality candidates, which could lead to firms increasingly seeking expertise and skills abroad risking the UK's position as a global leader of research and development.
By helping to create an environment to support and develop the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills base in the UK, we are supporting the development of skilled people across the country required by companies that produce medicines, ensuring that the patients of the future in the UK have access to new and innovative life-saving and life-enhancing medicines.
The ABPI Schools website provides a library of interactive and useful free content across more than 40 topics from primary to post 16 students. Each resource features the use of animation to break down difficult concepts, delves further into ideas using creative examples and detailed explanations and provides links to further reading materials from an existing database of exciting content.
The content is accessible via desktop and tablets and each resource uses animation to break down difficult concepts, extends ideas using examples and detailed explanations and provides links to useful material from existing web resources. The web resources have been recognised as an effective and popular tool to support teachers, parents, and students.
Dr Virginia Acha, Executive Director – Research, Medical and Innovation, at the ABPI said;
"We are passionate about supporting and engaging the next generation of scientists. This industry will only keep developing new and exciting innovative medicines to benefit patients across the UK if it has enthusiastic and skilled people driving it forward. These free resources that we develop in partnership with external experts are a way for us to keep medicines at the forefront of discovery and innovation, to show students that science and the biopharmaceutical industry is exciting and full of possibilities."
Notes to Editor
The ABPI Resources for Schools website provides curriculum related resources for use by teachers and their pupils. The resources have been developed by the ABPI and many link topics studied in school to their application in industry and in research. https://www.abpischools.org.uk/
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About the ABPI
The ABPI represents innovative research-based biopharmaceutical companies, large, medium and small, leading an exciting new era of biosciences in the UK.
Our industry, a major contributor to the economy of the UK, brings life-saving and life-enhancing medicines to patients. We represent companies supplying around 90 per cent of all medicines used by the NHS, and are researching and developing the majority of the current medicines pipeline, ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of helping patients prevent and overcome diseases.
The ABPI is recognised by government as the industry body negotiating on behalf of the branded pharmaceutical industry, for statutory consultation requirements including the pricing scheme for medicines in the UK.