working to bridge the skills gap

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Connecting across disciplines, learners with training, novices to peers & expert mentors - as well as stakeholder groups on strategic skills development


industry & apprenticeships




nexaSTEM carries out an associate role for Cogent Skills and the Science Industry Partnership, supporting their work as a Higher Education Consultant. The activity helps to address higher level skills and training gaps in the life science and industrial sciences workforce by supporting ongoing work in industrial placements, degree programmes, working with accreditation bodies, and particularly development of higher level Apprenticeships and National Occupational Standards. Follow our developing level 7 Bioinformatics Scientist degree apprenticeship here.



finding bioinformatics support




Modern biology requires a team with the right people and the right skills. Finding the right bioinformatics training and expert support can be a challenge, so nexaSTEM (through its sister company Applied Exomics) developed a simple tool to help you. Bixophia is a one-stop-shop for finding appropriate bioinformatics training, coupled with a geographic (UK) search for local experts - offering a simple route to both up-skill and support the development of mid-career scientists in the workplace. (Try it by clicking here - or the logo)



genomics & precision medicine




nexaSTEM is supporting the Welsh Assembly Government's recent strategy development for Genomic & Precision Medicine in Wales by working with Bangor University to deliver an MSc programme in Genomic & Precision Medicine. Working with the University to give early input to the strategy consultation process has resulted in the commissioning of courses in Wales to develop the Welsh NHS workforce. The MSc programme is launching for 2018 starts (Visit the course pages here).



learning & choosing statistics




Learning to use statistics properly, or even choosing the right approach when designing experiments remains a challenge for many. As part of theĀ StaTS project, nexaSTEM provides a site to help you take the next steps to improving your statistics skills by providing a signpost to information, resources and training opportunities. Key to this is our decision making tool, designed to help you think about the data you intend to collect from your experiments, and guide you on the selection of statistics approaches suitable for its analysis. (Try it by clicking here - or the logo)



bioinformatics training




nexaSTEM (Lee Larcombe) provides classroom teaching and training on courses run by the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute. These include "Introduction to multiomics data integration", "Data resources and bioinformatics tools for immunologists", "Bioinformatics for Principal Investigators", the BioEXCEL "Foundation skills for HPC" summer school and mentoring support for the joint EMBL-EBI/Wellcome Trust "Summer School in Bioinformatics". (Click here - or the logo - to view upcoming EMBL-EBI training)



structural bioinformatics




As part of a national training needs review carried out by ELIXIR UK, a need for more scientific training was identified in the area of structural bioinformatics. nexaSTEM is now working with key groups in the UK structural bioinformatics community to develop workflow-based training materials. These are particularly designed to aid biological scientists to make use of computational approaches for the functional exploration of protein structure.