Our exciting outreach programme, From Fundamental Particles to Galaxies and the Universe, builds upon our scientific excellence to enthuse and foster interest in science. Its primary target is school children and their teachers and the focus is on exploring the origin of the Universe, the properties of the fundamental particles and the nature of the dark matter.
Institute of Physics Schools Lecture Series 2006
Durham University's Science and Society Officer, Dr Pete Edwards, was the 2006 Institute of Physics Schools Lecturer. He gave his lecture "Gravity, Gas and Stardust" to over 12,000 14-16 year-olds in more than 40 venues across Great Britain throughout the year.
You can view and download the lecture here: "Gravity, Gas and Stardust"
Details of this years lecture can be found on the IOP website.
teachers.tv - Teaching Astronomy and Space
A series of videos suitable for use with KS3/4 school pupils have been produced by teachers tv. The cosmology video, featuring Dr Pete Edwards and Professor Carlos Frenk, is available to watch and download here: http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Our-Universe-and-the-Big-Bang-6085040/
As part of a fourth year Undergraduate Project, Emily Okwe-Pearson has produced a series of podcasts designed to support and enhance the teaching of Physics to 14-17 year old school children.
Please feel free to view the podcasts and their supporting material.
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Durham University Science Outreach
The University's Centre for Science Outreach aims to stimulate interest in science and to encourage better understanding of the application of science to our everyday lives. The activities of the Centre build on the University's excellent scientific research and teaching, involving the local community in the excitement of science.
The Department will normally host a maximum of three work placement pupils per academic year to work within its five main research sections, typically for a period of one week. In order to be considered, it is a requirement that interested school/college students should have completed one year of A-level Physics. Interested students should contact the Departmental Secretary in the first instance and provide a short statement explaining the reasons why you wish to spend your work placement within a particular research group. Information about the research groups may be found on the Department's Research pages.
'Durham University Sutton Trust Summer School 2013
This subject is available on Durham University's Sutton Trust Summer School 2013. The Summer School is designed to give bright students from non-privileged homes the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a student at a leading university. To find out more about the eligibility criteria, and to apply for the programme, visit our website.