Public Engagement and Outreach Opportunities

For examples about recent public engagement and outreach activities in  Biochemistry please see http://www.bioch.ox.ac.uk/aspsite/index.asp?sectionid=outreach

If you would like ideas about current opportunities, please see the list below.

Oxford General Programmes:

  • The Oxford Early Career Academic Outreach Network was founded by two University of Oxford early career academics managing portfolio careers that included professional outreach work. The network aims to connect early career academics with opportunities to do outreach, as well as to provide them with appropriate training opportunities and recognition for their work at an institutional level.
  • Teachers Projects. Oxford University organises several teachers conferences across the UK which involve early career academics. The aim is to give teachers and careers advisers the best advice to support their students through all aspects of considering, and applying to Oxford http://www.ox.ac.uk/teachers.
  • Oxford & Cambridge Student Conferences. Oxford and Cambridge run eight conferences designed to provide information on the application and admissions procedures at both institutions as well as providing an insight into student life. Admissions tutors, academic staff and current undergraduates from both universities are on hand to answer students’ questions www.studentconferences.org.uk. For information on how to get involved please contact mark.wormald@bioch.ox.ac.uk.
  • Widening Participation at the University of Oxford works with state school students aged 9-16 in Oxfordshire, Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire, to help them understand what they could gain from further or higher education. For more information please see www.ox.ac.uk/wp.

National General Programmes:

  • Jacari - a student charity providing home tutoring for children aged 4-16 who don’t speak English as their first language. (http://jacari.org/)
  • IntoUniversity provides local learning centres where young people are inspired
    to achieve. IntoUniversity offers an innovative programme that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain either a university place or another chosen aspiration http://intouniversity.org/content/about-us-new

  • Inspiring Women campaign The national Inspiring Women campaign launched in 2013. Their ambition is to see 15,000 women from a wide range of occupations going into state schools, talking to 250,000 young women. Since the 2012 launch of the Inspiring the Future programme, 85% of state secondary schools have signed up as a means of finding volunteers to talk with pupils about jobs and careers. For more information please see http://www.inspiringthefuture.org/about/inspiring-women-campaign.aspx

Oxford University Museums

There are a wealth of resources available within the University of Oxford Museums and they are keen to help with any public engagement and outreach ideas you may have. Please contact them directly or use the links below.

  • The Joint Museums Education Service acts as a portal to various aspects of the seven Oxford University Museums and Collections (OUMC) and to communicate the work that is carried out collaboratively. http://www.museums.ox.ac.uk
  • Oxford ASPIRE is a consortium of the four Oxford University Museums and Oxfordshire County Council Museums Service. Arts Council funding is being used to deliver knowledge sharing resources for the museums and cultural sectors. http://www.oxfordaspiremuseums.org/

Science/discipline-specific Opportunities:

  • in2scienceUK is an award winning organisation which gives students from low income backgrounds the opportunity to work alongside STEM scientists, and receive the advice and information they need to progress to University and STEM careers. http://in2scienceuk.org/
  • STEMNET (the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) creates opportunities to inspire young people in STEM. They strive to deliver their vision and purpose by working with thousands of schools, colleges and STEM employers, to enable young people of all backgrounds and abilities to meet inspiring role models, understand real world applications of STEM subjects and experience hands-on STEM activities that motivate, inspire and bring learning and career opportunities to life. For more information please see http://www.stemnet.org.uk/about-us/
  • FameLab (for scientists over 21 years) – a competition to find the new voices of science and technology across the world (http://famelab.org/uk). Biochemistry graduate student Jonny Brooks-Bartlett was runner-up in the national competition in April 2014.
  • British Association Media Fellowship (postgrad upwards) – placements for scientists at media organisation to find out more about how the media handle science stories. Applications open around January time with a deadline a couple of months later. For more details see http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/media-fellows
  • Royal Society partnership grants – a scheme which helps schools to run exciting and innovative projects in partnership with a professional scientist or engineer. For details, see: http://royalsociety.org/education/partnership/. Two application rounds per year, in Spring and Autumn.
  • The Brilliant Club – a non-profit organisation to widen access to top universities for outstanding pupils from low-participation backgrounds.  Recruits, trains and places PhD students in non-selective state schools and sixth form colleges serving low participation communities to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials to small groups of outstanding pupils. Aim is to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition that will help these pupils secure places at top universities (http://www.thebrilliantclub.org/the-brilliant-club/who-are-we/)
  • Oxford Sparks – encouraging the public to engage with exiting science taking place across the University. It provides a central place for public engagement resources (http://www.oxfordsparks.net/pe_resources) and commissions scientific animations.  It also runs public engagement and science communication courses for members of the University, see http://www.oxfordsparks.net/training-0
  • Pint of Science – an international initiative which aims to deliver interesting, fun, and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible way to the public, all in the pub!  The Pint of Science Festival takes place 18-20 May 2015 in many UK cities including Oxford.
  • The Bright Club Oxford - become a stand-up comedian for the night. Are you an academic researcher, working in any academic discipline? Can you turn your research into a short stand-up comedy set?  For further details contact brightcluboxford.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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