Our Schools Liaison Officer - formerly an experienced A Level Physics teacher in schools and colleges - makes visits into schools both locally and further afield to:
Give a general overview of current research in a variety of fields and build on Physics knowledge gained via current A Level and GCSE syllabi
Give an overview of the diversity of employment offered to Physics graduates
Answer questions on undergraduate Physics courses and admissions procedures
There is no cost to the school for these visits and they can be timed to fit into school timetabling; this flyer gives more information.
Research experts at the University make occasional visits to schools / local centres to:
Give lectures and demonstrations
Run Q & A sessions on particular topics in Physics relevant to syllabi or of general public interest
See flyer and synopses of talks available
We are also able to offer a limited number of "Physics Hot and Cold" talks which can be adapted for various age groups in schools and include liquid Nitrogen demonstrations. The talk can be given by the Schools Liaison Officer or by enthusiastic Post Graduate students.
See link to Condensed matter Outreach pages.
Dr John Wilson and other members of the particle physics group also visit schools to demonstrate their spark chamber and talk of their research. The spark chamber shows clearly the tracks of charged particles - in this case, mainly cosmic ray muons from outer space. An informal, flexible talk on particle physics is then based around the demonstration.
Current University students both at postgraduate and undergraduate levels spend time in schools, teaching selected topics and helping pupils develop project work.
If you or your pupils would be interested in any of these activities or would like more details, please contact the Schools Liaison Officer.