Outreach

Welcome to the Oxford Physics outreach pages.

The Oxford Physics department aims to share the exciting research that it does with the public and to work with schools to help inspire the next generation of scientists. Oxford Physics’ engagement activities are delivered through a series of coordinated programmes for schools and the public. We have reached over 200,000 people in the last five years through activities such as talks, festival stalls and hands-on workshops. Activities are delivered by staff and students across the Department and include research talks, workshops, shows, festival stalls, tours and competitions.

A summary of the different programmes is given below. The first three programmes target external school and public audiences and the forth programme supports researchers in their public engagement with research activities. The programmes are overseen by the Outreach Programmes Manager (Dr Sian Tedaldi, 1 FTE).

Our work is focused in four areas:

INCREASING ACCESS TO OXFORD
We are committed to supporting disadvantaged students with the potential to benefit from study in the Department.

INCREASING DIVERSITY IN STEM
We work with local children from backgrounds that are underrepresented within STEM to help raise aspirations to study and work in physics.

ENGAGING LOCAL COMMUNITIES
We build partnerships with local communities to help make our research accessible and enrich the life of the city.

SUPPORTING RESEARCHERS
We work to build capacity for public engagement with research and have received a Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Award for our work in this area.

Further details of the programmes can be found in the Outreach and Public Engagement Framework (attached to the top right of this page)

Public

Visit our public outreach pages for more information and resources about the research carried out at the Department and physics in general.

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Schools

We are keen to establish links with schools throughout Oxfordshire and the country as a whole. Visit our school pages to find out more about events, resources and useful links.

Work experience

Please visit our work experience page to find out more about our programme.