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Cardiff University hosted SUPI

Principal Investigator: Professor Patricia Price

Title: Cardiff University Schools Partnership (CUSP)

Lead schools: Cardiff University will work with Cardiff Council and the Central South Consortium Joint Education Service to reach secondary schools in Cardiff and its surrounding areas

Original project proposal 

Cardiff University will be working with the Central South Consortium Joint Educational Services to support 60 secondary schools. The programme has four key strands of activity.

  1. Ensuring that Cardiff University’s engagement programme meets the needs of teachers and pupils through teachers critiquing the existing provision and then funding the development of new or improved activities.
  2. Providing opportunities for teachers to spend extended time at the University to develop a greater understanding of the resources available and to discover the frontiers of research in their subjects.
  3. Developing skills of University staff and students for engaging with secondary schools
  4. Exploring how the University can support young people who are not in education, employment or training.

Teachers deep in concentration during a teacher advisory panel event hosted by Cardiff University’s School of Engineering. (Part of the “NSA Enriching STEM with Cardiff University” project)In addition to the local authorities, the partnership also involves local engagement organisations including Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, Techniquest, See Science and Science Made Simple.

Recent Activities

  • Cardiff University is to launch its new Curriculum Support Website for teachers in August 2014. The site has been developed with teachers and provides a directory of all school engagement activities that Cardiff University offer to schools and colleges.
  • New for schools, the "Geology Inspiration Day" becomes an annual event for Cardiff School of Earth and Ocean Science after a  successful pilot last year which was supported by Cardiff University Schools Partnership Project.
  • 400 students and 20 teachers attended Cardiff University's first College level event. The STEM Conference has been developed in partnership with St David’s College as part of the Cardiff University’s Schools Partnership Project "Pathways to STEM" project. 
  • The Cardiff University Schools Partnership Project supported the Schools Health Research Network to develop and host its first teacher advisory network event in June 2014. School engagement projects from across the University attended the event to talk with teachers on how cutting edge research can be used to support teaching and learning.
  • A positive outcome for the Cardiff University School of Computer Science and Informatics and Llanishen High School: partnership working helps to support the new Computer Science GCSE option choice for Llanishen High School. The “What’s in a Pi, a Raspberry Pi” event was developed as part of the Cardiff University Schools Partnership Project and will be offered as part of Cardiff University’s on-going school engagement programme.
  • A teacher advisory panel held in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is the “bee-ginning” of a new project. Teachers have shaped the development of the “Apothecary of Bees, the honey bee as a drug discovery tool” CPD event. The event will showcase Cardiff University’s new bee hives and current research being undertaken. Teachers will visit the microbiology laboratories to see honey samples being screened for antibacterial properties and the chemical analysis facilities where antibacterial compounds within honey samples are isolated. This will be followed by a presentation on the DNA analysis of honey and the methods used to recover DNA from honey and to identify the plants using the Barcode Wales database of native flowering plants. The event will be attended by partner organisations including the National Museum of Wales, International Bee Research Association and National Botanic Gardens of Wales.
  • The Cardiff University Schools Partnership Project has supported the development of loan boxes for schools. The School of Earth and Ocean Science “Rock in a Box” and School of Bioscience, “Polymerase Chain Reaction” (PCR) Loan Box have been developed with teachers. Teachers have developed classroom resources and worksheets for use in the classroom. 
  • An Evaluation Toolkit has been developed for use in school engagement projects.
  • Cardiff University Schools Partnership project has developed 2 steering groups in numeracy and literacy with the Central South Consortia Joint Education Service (CSCJES). 
  • Cardiff University School of Social Science are working in partnership with Welsh Government and the Welsh Joint Education Committee to support teaching and learning in the new Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification. Cardiff University are developing master classes in research skills for teachers as well as developing opportunities for researchers to support the qualification.
  • A successful public engagement programme is being opened up to teachers and schools. Teachers have been working in partnership with Cardiff sci-SCREEN and the Exploring the Past Lecture series to adapt the events to encourage more teachers and students to attend.
  • Cardiff University Schools Partnership network continues to grow across the University with over 80 members now receiving project communications and invites to network events and opportunities to join “School Partnership Projects” projects.

Project contact: Sue Diment (