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Following on from the School-University Partnership Initiative meeting in June 2013, a list of useful resources has been compiled. If you know of any other resources that could be added to this table, please contact claire6.wood@uwe.ac.uk.

 

Resource

Link

Guides and tools

 

STEM ambassador training guides

Guides are available to those who join the scheme.

http://www.stemnet.org.uk/content/stem-ambassadors

Institute of Physics evaluation guide

Some of the most commonly encountered issues in public engagement with science and technology evaluation, and some of the ways in which they can be resolved.

https://www.iop.org/activity/outreach/resources/activity/ physics/file_39584.pdf

RCUK Pathways to Impact guide

Guidance and resources.

http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/kei/impacts/Pages/home.aspx

STEM directories

Find STEM experiences for classrooms.

http://www.stemdirectories.org.uk/

National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement Edge tool

A self-assessment tool to look at how well your organisation does public engagement.

/support/self-assess

Wellcome Trust educational resources

Searchable database of science resources for teachers.

http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Education-resources/Education-and-learning/Resources/index.htm

Open University School-University Engagement resources

A guide to planning public lectures, research cafes and participatory design projects

http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/per/?page_id=6259

Awards

 

CREST awards

Britain's largest national award scheme for project work in the STEM subjects.

http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/crest-awards

Networks

 

Institute of Physics Schools Outreach Support Network

Community of outreach and schools liaison officers who want to build effective and sustainable links with their local schools and colleges.

http://www.iop.org/activity/outreach/resources/sosn/ page_53446.html

STEM ambassadors

http://www.stemnet.org.uk/content/stem-ambassadors

Grants

 
Institute of Physics grants http://www.iop.org/about/grants/outreach/page_38843.html
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) grants http://www.stfc.ac.uk/rgh/
Royal Society grants and partnership grants

http://royalsociety.org/grants/

http://royalsociety.org/education/partnership/

Closing the Gap

Test and learn initiative starting in September 2013 for 2 academic years, using an Randomised Controlled Trial approach to test interventions that have the potential to close the attainment gap.

http://www.education.gov.uk/nationalcollege/testandlearn

Research

 

Wellcome Trust informal learning project

Two pieces of work to review informal learning.

http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Education-resources/Education-and-learning/Our-work/Informal-science-learning/index.htm

Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES)

This Research Centre investigates the role of lifelong learning in promoting economic competitiveness and social cohesion, and in mediating the interactions between the two.

http://www.llakes.org/

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)

Addressing the question of how technology can be designed and built so that it improves learning and how to improve the quality of formal and informal learning, and to make accessible forms of knowledge that were simply inaccessible before.

http://www.tel.ac.uk

Targeted Initiative on Science and Mathematics Education (TISME)

Aims to find new ways to encourage children and young people to greater participation, engagement, achievement and understanding of Science and Mathematics.

http://tisme-scienceandmaths.org/

Social Science for Schools

A website highlighting cutting edge social science research to secondary level teachers.

http://www.socialscienceforschools.org.uk/

STEMNET extension into higher education

Seven UK universities selected to access the STEM Ambassadors programme. The project aims to increase undergraduates’ understanding of STEM career options post-university.

http://www.stemnet.org.uk/content/ambassadors/higher-education-pilot

ESRC research syntheses

As part of Science in Society, ESRC have commissioned reviews aiming to summarise what is already known from published and current research, and to highlight what further research questions remain.

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/about-esrc/what-we-do/social-science-and-you/research-syntheses.aspx

ESRC evaluation studies

Evaluation of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme.

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/impacts-and-findings/impact-assessment/policy-practice-impacts.aspx

Wellcome Trust researcher public engagement support

http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Education-resources/Engagement-with-your-research/index.htm

Case studies

 

ESRC case studies

Education and skills impact case studies.

http://www.esrc.ac.uk/impacts-and-findings/research-topics/technology-innovation/education-learning/case-studies.aspx

Schools seismology projects

Run by NERC's British Geological Society.

http://www.bgs.ac.uk/schoolseismology/schoolSeismology.cfc?method=viewLatestQuake

Discovering Anatarctica

Run by NERC's British Antarctic Survey.

http://www.discoveringantarctica.org.uk/

Citizen science project examples

Run by NERC's Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

http://www.ourweboflife.org.uk/

http://www.harlequin-survey.org/

Authentic Biology

Blog about scientific research in the hands of A-level students - 5 years on.

http://blog.wellcome.ac.uk/2013/02/27/authentic-biology-in-schools-5-years-down-the-line/

I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here

Free online event where school students get to meet and interact with scientists.

http://imascientist.org.uk/

Ignition Lab 13

A lab managed by young people for young people where they can experiment, play, invent, design, solve problems, explore, work alongside a scientist/designer/engineer in residence.

http://www.ignitefutures.org.uk/ignition/lab-13/

Institute of Physics projects in education and outreach

Resources, links and information about the various support networks available.

http://www.iop.org/education/index.html

http://www.iop.org/activity/outreach/index.html

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