Welcome teachers and educators! Please find below our current online resources offer for Further Education (FE – colleges, 6th forms, post-16 education), including lesson plans, project templates, videos, podcasts, forums, CPD and more! This is the current offer from the UoS and our partners – more educational resources are listed on the A-Level Students page, and we are curating our favourite engagement resources here.
All our resources for teachers have been created with partner teachers from local schools and colleges – if you’d like to share your knowledge and expertise and work with us on creating future resources, or there’s a particular area of the curriculum and beyond that you’d like us to create resources for, we’d love to hear from you! Email email@example.com, call 023 8059 7521, or complete this simple form.
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Feature: UoS Campus Tours
Check out our campuses in these campus tours, linked in a playlist on our Youtube channel! Find out what it is like to study with us by looking at the wonderful facilities available.
Feature: Festival of Social Sciences
The ESRC Festival of Social Science is an annual celebration of the social sciences and a key element of ESRC’s commitment to promote awareness of UK social science research to new audiences. This year the festival will be held from 1-30 November 2021 and will feature exciting and creative events, 12 of which will be run by UoS Academics.
The events shaping our world, from climate change to Brexit and coronavirus, to geopolitical tensions and civic protests, reveal how social science is more important than ever to understanding the world. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all every day – at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, from the personal and local, to the national and global level. The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country’s leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st-century society.
Feature: Autism Transitions
Together, we are finding out more about the experiences of transition of autistic children from preschool to primary school.
Young autistic children are amongst the most scrutinised and assessed in their everyday lives, often leading to characterisations and descriptions that focus on their difficulties (commonly termed ‘deficits’) and challenges rather than on their abilities, strengths and positive experiences.
This project is about changing the way we think and talk about autistic children in order to develop a more holistic understanding of who they are as a person. We do this through the creation of Digital Stories with children, families and staff members.
Digital Stories are short videos that focus on the child’s perspective. The stories show the child doing the things they like doing, and how they interact and communicate with others. Children’s voices and views are, therefore, at the centre of the research.
The idea for the Stories came about because we wanted to find a way for all children to contribute their views, experiences and perspectives to educational decision-making. We drew upon previous work funded by the ESRC that provided insights into the experiences, contexts, and culture of learning experiences for children with autism.
This project is from the ACoRNS group.
Feature: Is it too late to save our oceans?
Join us to hear how Southampton’s latest research in marine science and engineering is tackling the fight against climate change and how we, as a nation, will achieve Net Zero by 2050.
As the country prepares for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), we will bring together a panel of cutting-edge thinkers to address the vital role of the oceans in supporting sustainability and ocean health. We will explore how oceans can be our most powerful nature-based solution, and why we need to act now to protect them.
Hosted by Dr Jon Copley, this event will include keynote presentations from our world-leading researchers, and there will also be the opportunity to ask your question during a Q&A.
Date and time:
Tue, 26 October 2021
18:00 – 19:00 BST
Ask the Expert
We’re constantly increasing the number of ways in which you and your pupils can engage directly with our researchers and subject experts in the community – the latest are below!
After signing off from school or college for the summer holidays, the weeks ahead could be the perfect time to get a taste of work experience or volunteering.
We know how hard it can be to find opportunities for young people to get access to volunteering and work experience, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, and so we have created this booklet to help get you started with some ideas and inspiration around how you can make those opportunities happen.
Along with practical tips and suggestions, the booklet looks at how to manage work experience safely as we ease our way out of lockdown and how you can make the most of your experiences when applying for a job or further education opportunity.
Acoustical Engineering: Ever wondered how dolphins communicate underwater? Why some cars are louder than others? What’s making all that noise when you boil water in a kettle and why it changes?
Now’s your time to ask our researchers from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) and find out! Ask questions via twitter to @ISVRSouthampton – and check out their YouTube channel for video responses plus virtual tours of their spooky Anechoic and Reverberation Chambers, demos and more!
- ‘The ISVR Shed’ – YouTube playlist containing videos of fun experiments and activities for you to try at home while learning about the science of sound at the same time!
Ecology, Nature & Biodiversity: The Dinosaur on Your Window Sill
- Talk directly to our researchers, students and a diverse community of ecology enthusiasts!
- Share photos, videos and questions plus daily challenges!
- Stay engaged with nature from your home.
English: Peripeteia Forum
- Discuss all things English with our researchers and students.
- Encourage your students to build their confidence, creativity and analytical skills through discussion and online seminars.
- Specifically for A-Level and Undergraduate English students.
Members of University of Southampton’s School Liaison team will guide you through 5 key considerations in 5 minutes on different topics relating to University.
UCAS Applications and Personal Statements
How do you write a personal statement? In this video, Chloe and Luke, studying Neuroscience and Marine Biology respectively, discuss UCAS applications and personal statements.
Alongside the current nationwide project, Ancient Mariner Big Read, the English Department at University of Southampton have assembled four incredible podcasts, inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
- Support our Games Design students at Winchester School of Art – and see where art and computing can take you!
- You have the very first opportunity to play games from the next generation of creative game makers!
The games will be updated regularly on the virtual Arcade until mid June (when we have a special live stream showcase).
Your feedback on the projects will enhance each project.
- Help our scientists analyse images and short video clips of the Aurora!
- Support real, current research into this mysterious phenomenon which effects our weather, satellites and more.
- Learn about the science behind the Northern Lights.
At the University of Southampton, we’re very lucky to have some truly inspirational speakers visit us! During the lockdown response to the covid-19 pandemic in 2020, many of these lectures were edited into bite-sized videos for you to watch from home!
You can also explore our archive of full-length public lectures, on a range of topics and with a diverse cast of distinguished speakers, here.
- Discover electrochemistry educational resources about electrochemistry to show how electrochemistry has shaped our world.
- A series of lessons based on this interactive database of Medieval and Tudor Ships and their journeys including detailed lesson plans and powerpoint files.
- More resources coming soon, including interactive activities for students, Ask the Expert Q&A forum, and EPQ support!
- A page covering neuroscience projects, EPQ advice, lessons, and more.
- Teachers can find lesson resources, worksheets, where to source specimens, and SO much more.
- Students can access a comprehensive EPQ guide, project ideas, and information about UoS.
- Features UoS & Peter Symonds College’s own Changing Minds project merging neuroscience and fashion!
Southampton’s newest arts and heritage venue, God’s House Tower, has an exciting exhibition schedule which you can view here.
There is something for everyone to enjoy – with many events free of charge.
A comprehensive toolkit for supporting young people during lockdown including educational, cultural and wellbeing activities, information, advice and guidance.
What are your chances of living to 100? How do your early years, your family life, where you live, your lifestyle and your work affect these chances? With one in three children born today expected to live to 100, these questions have never been more relevant.
Find out more about how our population is changing through a number of interactive activities from the world-leading Centre for Population Change! Download the ‘Our Life Journey’ app to learn about demographic change in Europe and the field of Population Studies. Explore a series of interactive maps and infographics to explore how Life Expectancy, Education & Employment, Migration, Population Structure, and Ageing change with location and impact our life journey.
Each area of discovery includes questions to get students thinking and suggested classroom activities. There is also a downloadable workbook that can be worked through individually or as a class. And look out for the exhibition as it tours the country – or enjoy it from home via the gallery!
Dr. George Gilbert has re-created his popular talk for A-Level students as five 10-15 minute podcast episodes, taking you from Russia in the late 19th Century up to 1917.
George says, “The Russian Revolution is quite arguably the seminal revolutionary event of the entire twentieth century. This short talk will explore the long and short term causes surrounding the revolution, its placement in early twentieth century Russia’s longer-term epoch of conflict and violence, and briefly touch on some of its outcomes.”
Turner Sims are delighted to welcome South London pianist Ashley Henry with his trio. One of a new generation of musicians that have been raised with a wide range of influences, Ashley is clearly influenced by hip-hop but has his roots firmly in jazz.
Having recently embarked on world tours with Loyle Carner and Christine & The Queens, Henry has a rapidly growing international profile.
‘My music is a straight-up reflection of who I am; London in all its mixed-up glory. The immigrant in me has musical roots traced back to the 1940’s, so it’s important my music reflects that jazz narrative across different genres and generations.’
Following the success of the 26-year-old’s Easter EP, the genre-blurring pianist heads to Turner Sims with music from his debut album Beautiful Vinyl Hunter.
Book your tickets here, there are reduced tickets for those under 18.
John Hansard Gallery is pleased to exhibit a handmade quilt made by members of Black Heritage Southampton. The quilt was created from workshops led by artist Shoshanna Goldstein in 2008. This creative and social activity involved local people coming together to share stories, whilst using their new skills to reuse fabric to striking effect.
Inspired by Barbara Brackman and her book ‘Facts and Fabrications, Unravelling the History of Quilts and Slavery’, the design uses the Ohio Star. This is a traditional pattern that has its roots in the American Civil War and anti-slavery movement at that time.
Black Heritage is a local charity promoting the welfare of members of the Caribbean community in Southampton. Started in 1988, the group was formed to support older members of the African Caribbean community, providing a place to meet new friends and socialise.
The quilt will be on display at John Hansard Gallery from Tuesday 21 September 2021.
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 – 17:00
Entry is free and the exhibition is suitable for all ages.
John Hansard Gallery is proud to present Trinity, the biggest solo exhibition to date by the highly acclaimed artist Hetain Patel. Trinity is also the name for an ambitious new film by Patel, the final part of a trilogy being premiered at John Hansard Gallery. Working with dance, martial arts and sign language collaborators, Trinity represents Patel’s most significant film so far.
Alongside Trinity, John Hansard Gallery is showing the first two films from the trilogy: Don’t Look at the Finger (2017) and The Jump (2015). The exhibition also features a number of related new sculptural works, which incorporate costumes and action figures of characters from the films, as well as a film merchandise ‘Gift Shop’.
On: from 3 August to 30 October 2021
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 – 17:00
This event is suitable for all ages and is free to attend.
For Black History Month, John Hansard Gallery is delighted to have commissioned Mary Evans to create artworks celebrating Southampton’s vibrant diasporic communities and history.
Evans is concerned with identity politics, belonging and separation. She is interested in how the social, cultural and political dynamics of modern Britain are also the legacy of Britain’s imperial past. Her fascination lies in the journey via which people arrive and settle through emigration and Diaspora.
Evans creates installations by making cut outs of pictorial images to create work based on historical or social interest. Her hands-on approach allows her to maintain the handcrafted quality of the work in keeping with the image’s simplicity.
For Southampton, Evans will have work on show at John Hansard Gallery’s in their Mezzanine Gallery, as well as creating a series of site-specific works appearing across Southampton in October.
On: from 21 September to 6 November 2021
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 – 17:00
This exhibition is free to attend and is suitable for all ages.
- Inspired by the work of artist Larry Achiampong, whose ‘PAN AFRICAN FLAGS FOR THE RELIC TRAVELLERS’ ALLIANCE (MOTION)’ currently cover John Hansard Gallery’s windows.
- Resources for schools, colleges, families and individuals to create and share flags representing a place or community special to them.
- Share on social media – and you can also submit your work for selection to be displayed later this year as part of our Community Takeover!
JHG has just has kicked-off their new online presence with two new digital artworks by UK artist David Blandy, specially commissioned to reflect on the uncertain times we find ourselves in.
These new ‘tutorials’ show the audience How to Fly and How to Live, indirectly referencing our present moment, while also pointing to new potentials.
The first of two new videos, How to Fly, is available to stream throughout May, with the second, How to Live, showing throughout June at jhg.art.
The Journey to the Beginnings educational adventure puzzle game allows players to discover everyday life of four prehistoric cultures along the Danube river.
Although the story is fictional, the artistic interpretation of everyday life is based on real archeological research done on four prehistoric sites: Százhalombatta in Hungary, Vučedol in Croatia, Lepenski Vir in Serbia, and Gârla Mare in Romania. From these sites, many real heritage objects today kept in museums were introduced in the game. Established scientific knowledge about society, everyday life, technology, language, and culture has been introduced into the game allowing players to seamlessly learn about our ancestors in a fun and interactive way.
A panel of artists and poets discuss how lockdown restrictions proved to be a unique source of creative inspiration and connection.
How did the Covid-19 lockdowns and other restrictions prove to be such a potent and compelling source of creative inspiration? Law and legal rules may not be an obvious motivator for artists and poets in normal times, but this changed when the order to ‘stay at home’ began to impact on all aspects of life.
This free ticketed public panel discussion event brings together three artists (an artistic director and two poets), each with a unique experience to share of turning a crisis into an unprecedented opportunity for inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to find solace, hope and positivity in new acts of creativity.
The event looks back at the coronavirus pandemic as a rare and unusual meeting between law and the imagination: a time of isolation, of feeling caged, and for many sadly a time of loss. But also a time of remarkable flourishing.
Jenny Elliott (Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director of Arts Care, 2011-2021) directs and designs arts programmes, health in arts training for healthcare professionals, and research projects within multiple healthcare environments and services. Arts Care is a leading regional Arts, Health and Well-being Organisation based in Northern Ireland, delivering innovative arts projects and events into the heart of Health, Social and Community Care Services.
Cheryl Moskowitz is a US born poet, educator and creative translator with a background in theatre and psychoanalysis. She is the author of several plays, two poetry collections and a novel. For 14 years she taught on the Creative Writing and Personal Development MA at Sussex University, was an external supervisor for arts therapies in forensics and regularly runs writing projects in the community. At the start of the global pandemic, in response to conversations had with teachers, pupils and their families affected by school closures, she produced The Corona Collection—a Conversation (Circle Time Press, 2020) www.coronacollectionpoetry.com. Her most recent publication is the poetry pamphlet, Maternal Impression (Against the Grain Press, 2021). Her website is https://www.cherylmoskowitz.com
Laila Sumpton is a poet, educator and performer who studied both literature and human rights and university and combines these in her creative writing projects with schools, hospitals, museums and galleries. She developed several specialist learning resources for primary school students throughout the lockdowns working with Ministry of Stories, Harrow Arts and the National Literacy Trust. She recently lead a project for 7-9 year olds for the Ministry of Stories exploring the Convention on the Rights of the Child through poetry letters to the UK Children’s Commissioner. Laila also lead online writing workshops for Jesuit Refugee Services through several lockdowns, resulting in an anthology of short stories, letters and poems. Twitter @lailanadia Instagram @laila.sumpton
ORGANISERS AND CHAIRS:
David Gurnham is a Professor of Criminal Law and Interdisciplinary Legal Studies within Southampton Law School. His latest article – ‘“Our country is a freedom-loving country”: the spreading virus as metaphor for ‘people on the move’ – will be published in the journal Metaphor and Symbol later this year (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Haris Psarras is Lecturer in Law at Southampton Law School. He also writes poetry and criticism, has a research interest in the intersection between law and literature, and volunteers for a mental health charity (C.Psarras@soton.ac.uk).
We have become increasingly concerned about the level of trepidation that year 13 students must be feeling about entering university without having had the opportunity to formally complete their sixth form education by finishing their qualifications in the usual way. We know that students find the transition to university hard at the best of times, least of all when they may be lacking confidence, something which we recognise is a likely problem especially for WP students.
To that end we have put together a package of resources for those students in years 12 and 13 who wish to familiarise themselves with styles of Higher Education teaching and learning. There is a welcome video that explains the premise of the programme, followed by a presentation from myself about what to expect at university and some essential academic research skills. This is complemented by two taster lectures from Becki and Rich. The talks cover pertinent topics – the prospect of Universal Basic Income (UBI) and the use of the Web in health information-seeking, both of which have come under close scrutiny due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. In addition, each talk is accompanied by further reading lists, exemplar lecture notes and a range of seminar-style questions for students to address. The aim of the package is to give an impression of what teaching and learning in a university setting is like, providing a foundation for students to build on in their respective future fields of study.
Our Lifelong Learnging team curate a diverse series of courses through which anyone can learn directly from our experts in a range of areas. Many of the talks have been recorded as podcasts which can be enjoyed for free via the link above!
Many of the NCCE CPD sessions for teachers are already available online, and more are being added regularly.
- Help Harry crack the codes and discover the secrets!
- Open to all ages and abilities.
- Join or create a team or individual entry to submit your answers for live marking – or have a go at past challenges in your own time and reveal answers to check your own work.
- Great way to engage with Maths and Computing.
- Developed with IBM, GCHQ and other cipher/code-breaking experts!
Online Sixth Form Philosophy Conference
Philosophy at Southampton will host a free online conference for Sixth Form students and their tutors between 6th and 10th December, 2021. This will involve:
A series of short, engaging, and accessible pre-recorded talks by our lecturers. These will be hosted on a dedicated, password-protected website.
Students and tutors at participating schools and colleges will be able to access the site without having to sign up for an account.
They will then have the chance to view the videos and post comments and questions relating to each talk at any point during the week.
Our lecturers will post their own comments in response to yours throughout the week.
“Mill on Virtue”, by Dr. Brian McElwee
“The Value of Knowledge”, by Prof. Daniel Whiting
Metaphysics of God:
“The Modal Ontological Argument”, by Dr. Lee Walters
Metaphysics of Mind:
“Wittgenstein’s Private Language Argument”, by Prof. Denis McManus
In addition, there will a talk on studying philosophy at university by Dr Will McNeill.
The conference is free to attend but spaces are limited.
Registration closes on Friday 26th November.
Tutors can register their class by emailing: email@example.com
Please include your name, your school, and the class size.
On confirmation of registration, you will be sent further details of the event and a password for access.
A set of self-assessment exercises based on exam-style questions that can be given to students to complete independently, which they can mark themselves using ‘talking mark schemes’ created at the UoS. For more information follow the link above or see this video.
- Access to historical sources used in world leading research.
- Resources provided by the history department at the UoS, from over 40 scholars.
- Information about a large range of teaching and research topics, including several specialist topics.
- Lectures, UCAS support, podcasts, and work booklets can be found, assisting both teachers and students.
Although the live events have come to an end, many of the videos, podcasts, blogs and activities are still available – so you can still join us and discover the amazing!
The Supporting Education and Safeguarding Children page provides safeguarding and well-being information and support for professionals, parents/carers and young people for partners to use in their work and share with relevant networks.
There are also useful additional updates, information, materials and resources given regularly through the Safe4me News E-bulletin. Sign up and contribute by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Includes a series of podcasts discussing key English texts.
- Created to aid GCSE and A-level students in their studies.
- Information regarding previous and ongoing research projects, as well as details about further education in English can be found elsewhere on the website.
- Philosophy Café ran from 2009-2014 to provide philosophical stimulation in a relaxed atmosphere.
- All events were recorded and are now available on the archive page in the form of podcasts.
- Information about exciting ways people can get involved with Philosophy, including 6th Form Philosophy conferences, can be found elsewhere on the website.
Resources for schools from our local partnership the SUN include careers and student resources, webinars and information for parents and carers to support their young people’s future decision making.
Space 2 Create
Space 2 Create is a community art project running workshops for young people as a mental health provision! Our workshops start next week, on Monday 4th October for 11-14 year olds, and Tuesday 5th for 15-18 year olds, in the Northam, St Mary’s and Newtown areas!
The project will be creating a street mural together in October half term so it’s an amazing opportunity to get involved in.
To take part, get in contact using the below details:
Facebook: NSAC Southampton
The University Hartley Library Special Collections Gallery was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund primarily for the display of material from the collections to encourage public awareness and access. The exhibition programme focuses on themes within the collection and links in with University academic activity including celebrations of research, conferences and contributions to national and international events and commemorations – and many have parallel online exhibitions which can be viewed via the link above!
Listen to find out what University of Southampton students have to say about their experiences studying or working abroad for a semester, full year or summer school in this award-winning Surge Radio and University of Southampton collaborative podcast. Students give advice about living abroad, country-specific information and their favourite memories.
Contact us at email@example.com and follow our students on Instagram @sotonabroad
Made in collaboration with the Study Abroad and Exchange team and the student-led Surge Radio Factual and Culture team.
Tales of the Accidental City is a 90-minute audio play in which four residents of Nairobi accused of various misdemeanors find themselves stuck together in a three-day anger management class. Diana, Jacinda, Louis Njoroge, and Sarah Obama must explain what got them there, and with the help of their quirky counsellor Rose, find a way to heal the wounds inflicted on them by life in the crazy city of Nairobi.
Through the characters, we are invited to explore Nairobi 120 years after its ‘creation’. Through this portrait of Nairobi, the play tells the story of many African cities challenged by population growth, economic disparities and social injustice.
The film screening will be followed by a live Q&A session chaired by University of Southampton-based Lecturer in Global Media Industries, Dr Estrella Sendra with director and actress, Maïmouna Jallow.
The event will broadcast on YouTube Live, but registration is required to access the exclusive URL.
You will receive joining instructions in the confirmation email and in all event reminders.
Ticket holders can also directly access the event on the Online Event page in Eventbrite.
This event will occur on 21st October 2021 at 16:00-18:30. Tickets are free and the event is suitable for those aged 16+.
Talks for Year 12 Students
You will need to register for a free GoToWebinar account to view these talks
If you are craving serenity, watch the first in a series of four stunning films from pianist Cordelia Williams, in which she plays the beautiful Turner Sims Steinway piano in the concert hall at Highfield campus. In this initial film, Cordelia serenades us with Mozart’s Rondo No 3, K511.
A Word from the Wise – Epistemology Interviews with Philosophy Experts
A series of podcast interviews conducted by Philosophy student George Tracey relating UoS Philosphy research directly to the A-Level Philosophy and Religious Studies curriculums, on the theme of Epistemology.
- Episode 1 ‘What is Knowledge?’
- Episode 2 ‘Perception as a source of knowledge’
- Episode 3 ‘Reason as a source of knowledge’
- Episode 4 ‘Scepticism’
- Increase your subject knowledge by learning directly from our world experts for free!
- Great preparation for, or tasters of, courses your students are considering studying – or just to follow an interest.
- Interact directly with our researchers when the courses are live.
- Topics include:
- Developing Your Research Project – perfect for EPQ or IB Extended Essays
- Exploring Our Ocean
- Jane Austen: Myth, Reality and Global Celebrity
- Observing the Night Sky: What Next?
- Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds: Maritime Archaeology
- Understanding Money: the History of Finance, Speculation and the Stock Market
- Web Science: How the Web Is Changing the World
Ever wondered what goes on in a jet propulsion lab? How we study Saturn’s rings? What it’s like to hear for the first time thanks to a cochlear implant? How researchers fight cancer or understand the effects of plastics in the ocean? Explore all these things and more, with these short videos of some of the world-changing research taking place at Southampton – we hope they inspire the researchers of the future!
The STEMM skills award for year’s 9-13. Any extracurricular activity involving Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine could count towards an award. Students log hours to the e-portfolio and receive a medal and certificate upon completion.
This National Geographic project shares (or ‘cross-pollinates’) approaches and tools between members of the public, scientists, technologists and educators in order to support pollinators, people and the practice of citizen science.
The resources and work programme are designed for registered schools in the UK and Italy, however, the project warmly welcomes everyone to get involved in the activities. All you need is an area of outdoor space (as small as 1m2) where you can create a small patch of habitat and a plant seeds suitable for pollinators.