The Discovery Day will include a host of activities designed to be applied, informative, interactive and fun for your students, including both lecture theatre and laboratory sessions.
See the programme of activities
School of Biosciences
Am I an Ape?
Speaker: Dr Julia Myatt, Lecturer (Teaching Focused) in Zoology
During this session we will look at the major features of human evolution since we split from chimpanzees, our closest-living relatives, about 6.5 million years ago. We will explore features such as bipedal walking and brain size to understand the process of evolution by natural selection within primates and humans. There will also be a chance for the audience to get involved and help us answer the question: ‘Am I an Ape?'
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
How Clean is Your River?
Speaker: Dr Lesley Batty, Lecturer in Environmental Science
In this session we will be collecting some insects from a local river and looking at the types of bugs that can be found. You will get the chance to look at the different insects and how we can identify them using key features. We will explore how looking at these insects can tell us about the presence of any pollutants in the environment.
Speaker: Dr Lloyd Jenkins, Teaching Fellow in Human Geography
In this session students will examine the relationship between themselves and globalisation through interactive group work.
Speaker: Dr James Wheeley, Lecturer in Sedimentology
In this session you will get the opportunity to make mountains! Using sandbox models in one of our teaching laboratories you will be able to see how compressional forces, like those imposed by Earth’s moving tectonic plates, act on rocks to deform them into mountains such as the Himalayas and the Andes. We will use coloured sand arranged in layers to observe how rocks fold and break into faults as we compress them.
School of Psychology
Psychology: From Brain to Behaviour
Speaker: Dr Jon Catling, Lecturer in Psychology
This session will include visual illusions and demonstrations of how attention is not always accurate.
School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Measuring maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max)
Speaker: Dr Andrew Blannin – Lecturer in Exercise Metabolism
Most people have heard of the term VO2max, but what does it mean, why is it important, and how do you measure it? Cardiovascular fitness can be measured by calculating someone’s VO2 max. VO2 max is the maximum volume of oxygen used in one minute per kilogram of body weight; the units are ml/kg/min. You will observe a maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) test, with one of our elite athletes running on a treadmill until exhaustion. You will learn about the nature of the treadmill protocol and how we measure oxygen consumption using a breath-by-breath system.
The first time you witness one of these tests you will be surprised how physical and noisy they are!
Skill Acquisition & Motor Learning Research
Speaker: Dr Rob Gray – Reader in Perception & Action
Overview: Skill acquisition and motor learning encompasses an area of study that explains how we acquire, develop and retain new movement skills.
Interactive demonstrations: Students will perform skills (dart and ball catching) and collect performance data using some new technologies designed to enhance training. These skills we be used to demonstrate some basic principles of motor learning.