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Durham University

Science Outreach and Engagement

Supporting Others

We aim to promote best practice and the benefits of engagement activities throughout all the Sciences, sharing our experience and expertise with academics, postgraduate and undergraduate students, further helping to highlight the importance of outreach and to embed it within the institution.

Doctoral Training Centres

We currently work with the SOFI Centre for Doctoral Training providing specialist training for their postgraduate students (including communication skills and engagement and delivery techniques) as well as on-going mentoring and support. This edition of the SOFI Newsletter describes the training provided to the first cohort of students. Our training has inspired the postgraduates to make the SOFI CDT a “noisy CDT” and help to educate the wider community about Soft Matter and their research. Cohort 2's 'Soft Science' event is described in the February SOFI Newsletter.

Staff Training

Outreach training events we have previously organised include:

  • "Icebreakers and Games".
  • "Developing Demonstrations and Using Props".
  • Advanced science communication training funded by the National HE STEM Programme "Extending Your Outreach".

Support for Academic Office Events

Science Outreach also works closely with the Academic Office to provide input to the many activities the university offers for both teachers and school students including the Sutton Trust Summer School, Residential Teacher Conferences and the Durham Supported Progression Scheme.

Durham University School of Education

Science Outreach has a growing relationship with the School of Education who provide input in terms of Educational Research for the Science into Schools Modules. We will continue this mutually beneficial relationship and explore ways in which to extend our collaboration.

Across the Region and Beyond

Science Outreach also offers support to many organisations around the North East and beyond. We have close links with museums in the region, including the Centre for Life, the Discovery Museum and the Great North Museum in Newcastle, the Dorman Museum in Middlesbrough, and Sunderland Museum, and we continue to organise events and provide many talks and activities for other family events.