Principal Investigator: Prof Lord Robert Winston
Title: RCUK School-University Partnership Initiative: Reaching Further
Lead schools: Holt School (Wokingham, West Berkshire), Kendrick School (Reading, Berkshire), Bacon's College (Rotherhithe, London), Watford School for Boys (Watford, Hertfordshire)
Original project proposal
The Reaching Further programme draws on Imperial’s world leading science, technology, engineering and medical (STEM) researchers to deliver cutting edge schools outreach, utilising the Reach Out Lab (ROL), a hands-on outreach facility at Imperial for STEM activities for school students and their teachers.
We are now able to take a strategic approach, accelerating the roll out of Reaching Further allowing it to operate across all Faculties, training significantly more early career researchers developing their public engagement skills (communication, personal effectiveness, networking and team-working) and working with more teachers building their knowledge and understanding of contemporary research issues. The expanded programme maximises current investment to optimise school students' engagement with cutting edge research, enhancing their understanding of science, engineering, maths and medicine and raising self esteem in STEM subjects (at school and beyond) potentially leading to HEI applications and highlighting research as a viable career option.
With a capacity of 5,000 students per year the ROL is fully utilised within the academic year and vacation periods. The numbers of Gifted and Talented students alone numbering over 100,000 in London and against this background of high level use, the ROL has initiated a programme of working with Hub schools in key locations to provide opportunities for more school students and their teachers to engage with the STEM Outreach activities generated by early career researchers and supported by the dedicated ROL team. RCUK support will enable more Hub relationships to be developed modelled on the established relationships at current Hub schools.