Outreach and Schools Liaison

Welcome to the Outreach and Schools Liaison section of the Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering. We work with the Institution of Engineering Technology, primary schools and secondary schools and colleges to highlight pathways to careers through degrees, the impact of our subject on society and the leading-edge research under way at the University of Birmingham.

We run curriculum-enhancing visits to Schools, demonstrations and workshops on University Open Days and provide resources for teachers. Our objective is to build links with teachers and schools that encourage their pupils towards higher education and successful careers in Engineering.

If you would like more information or to participate in any of our events, please, contact Carolyn Toney

Information for schools


If you have taken part in the PIC LED Light Chaser project offered by the department and want to further modify your light chaser details are here.


Recent events

  • BBC Make It Digital Roadshow
    Nearly 6500 visitors – professionals, students and families alike – swarmed into the Mailbox in Birmingham to take part in the BBC’s Make It Digital Roadshow, the final event of a 13-week UK-wide tour designed to introduce people from all walks of life to the world of computers, coding and future digital tech opportunities.

  • Information Age - the Science Museum’s new gallery”.
    The Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering contributed to a new ambitious Science Museum exhibition opened in October 2014 by the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. The Information Age is a permanent exhibition of over 800 objects celebrating 200 years of innovation in communication and information technologies. 

    In collaboration with clinical staff at the Queen Elizabeth hospital and hospitals across the Midlands, Human Interface Technology researchers in the department have developed and evaluated new interactive, smartphone and wearable health technologies, including a novel app for people with anaphylaxis.

    The “computer in your pocket” exhibit includes examples of new technologies in health and well-being together with the mobile phone used to make the first video call from the summit of Everest.

  • FIRST®LEGO®League 2015

  • British Science Festival 2014

  • The Department offered work experience places in summer 2014 to four students from years 10 to 12. The students helped with maintenance of radar research systems detectors and setting up a robotics workshop for an Open Day. They learned about health and safety procedures in the workplace and observed research work in several laboratories. They also did some electronics projects. Nicholas Bond from Studley High School and Edwin Balani from Kings Edwards School Edgbaston made microphones in drinks cans. The photograph shows Hitesh Verma and Joe Malt from King Edwards VI Camp Hill School making transducer circuits to create an electric cello.
  • Magnets Ducks and Superconductors - Case Study for Public Engagement

Schools Liaison

Join our teachers’ mailing list – get invited to all our Department and University events. Email Carolyn Toney.

How to find us

For directions to the Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering please see the University maps and directions page.