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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 supo@soton.ac.uk, call 023 8059 7521, or complete this simple form.

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Featured: God’s House Tower Bleached

  • 13th May to 5th June, 2022

God’s House Tower is delighted to welcome Bleached, a collaborative exhibition by the Vulgar Earth Collective and the Coral Reef Laboratory of the University of Southampton, which represents a conversation between science and art, between fact and emotion, between the clinical and the personal.

The extraordinary beauty of fluorescing coral colours may not be a sign of health but a distress call, a last defence against environmental changes, that can lead to death and bleaching.

In an immersive and interactive preview exhibition, artists from the Vulgar Earth Collective join with scientists from the Coral Reef Lab at the University of Southampton to show what we are learning from coral, the jeopardy they are in and where we may find ourselves without them.

The exhibition is an other-worldly experience of immersion into the exquisitely balanced lives, forms and ecosystems of our coral reefs. In a light controlled gallery, living and bleached coral samples are found alongside traditional, contemporary and digital artworks. Visitors are invited to contribute to the ‘calls from the reef’ wall with their thoughts, messages and poetry, as well as interactive and educational activities running alongside in the cafe area.

On display at GHT from Friday 13th May until Sunday 5th June. Free entry. Details here.

Featured: Medicine Virtual Work Experience

Applications are now open for two Medicine Virtual Work Experience. This programme is open to all students from Year 10 upwards however there are places set aside for students who meet 2 widening participation criteria. The criteria is:

  • First generation applicant to Higher Education
  • Parents, guardian or self in receipt of a means tested benefit
  • Young people looked after by a Local Authority or you have been in care or looked after for three months or more
  • In receipt of 16-19 bursary or similar grant
  • Resident in an area with a postcode which falls within the lowest 20% of the IMD (Index of Multiple Deprivation), or a member of a travelling family.
  • In receipt of free school meals at any time during Years 10-13 (normally for a minimum period of at least one school term/2 months.)
  • Eligible for the UCAT Bursary
  • Participation in a recognised outreach or widening participation programme

The programme will be delivered online between 9am and 3pm on Monday 30th May, Tuesday 31st May, and Wednesday 1st June. The next event will be Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd, Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th August.

The timetable is being finalised at the moment, but may include the following:

  • Operating Theatre
  • Ward Rounds
  • WISH Lab
  • Apprenticeship Opportunities
  • Opportunity to speak to current medical students
  • Opportunities to speal with a number of clinicians representing Pharmacy, Histopathology, Cardiac Physiology more TBC

You will need to be available for all days to participate.

Places are limited, so if you would like to participate in the Virtual Work Experience programme, please complete the application form here:

May: https://forms.office.com/r/2sZiQGt9MJby by midday on Monday 16th May

August: https://forms.office.com/r/eWDNmxmgGz by midday on Monday 18th July

 

Featured: 2022 School of Psychology College Link day

2022 School of Psychology College Link day at the University of Southampton.

Our proposed date is Friday 24th June, 2022. 10:30-2:30.

As usual this event will involve taster lectures, lab demo and live Q&A sessions.

We had very positive feedback about the online event last year, and were able to accommodate a larger number of schools and students, so this years event will also be run online.

Teachers, please register your interest here, https://forms.office.com/r/ZQddyWTqps

Featured: Experience University of Southampton Residentials

26th-28th July and 2nd-4th August 2022

We are excited to once again offer our on campus residential opportunities for Year 12 students. Our Experience UoS Residentials are 3-day, 2-night on-campus programmes, giving you the opportunity to experience studying a subject at university. You’ll learn in an academic environment and work with students from other schools and colleges through a timetable of lectures, practical activities and a variety of fun social activities in the evenings. You’ll get to meet our enthusiastic team of Student Ambassadors studying the courses you are aspiring to, as well as academics, researchers and alumni. These residentials are free and open to Year 12 students who meet our academic and Widening Participation eligibility criteria. You’ll be provided with free accommodation and meals for the duration of the residential. The University of Southampton is also able to cover up to £80 of the cost of travel to and from the residential.

For more information, eligibility criteria and to apply click here. Deadline is 4th April.

Autism Transitions

Welcome to the autism transitions project. This project is a collaboration between The University of Southampton and Aviary Nursery, Eastleigh.

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.

 

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!

 

This talk will explain why studying humanities subjects is so important. Your generation is likely to witness staggering technological developments and momentous changes to our planet. But no matter what technology we end up using, it will have been created by humans.
From climate change to the rapid expansion of our cities, understanding our world requires an understanding of us … humans. And so it requires us to study the humanities. It is essential that we understand what makes us human—how we communicate, tell stories, make music, or carve out identities and come into conflict.
The talk will draw on examples from History and Archaeology, Languages, English, Film, Philosophy, and Music and demonstrate how skills developed in those types of subjects will always be in demand and valued in many different careers.

 

 

For Our Future – A guide to volunteering and work experience

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.

 

5 in 5 videos – Tips for Schools and Colleges 

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.

 

Ancient Mariner Podcasts

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.

 

(Virtual) Arcade by WSA #WSAgames

  • 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.

 

Aurora Zoo – Citizen Science

  • 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.

Avian

Avian is a cooperative multiplayer game with conservation, collaboration, and altruism at its core. Engage in multiple modes of play such as a negotiation puzzler and a fast-paced race as you help your community thrive.

Bite-Sized Lectures

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.

Centre for International Film Research – Blogs and Podcasts

 

Discover Electrochemistry 

  • Discover electrochemistry educational resources about electrochemistry to show how electrochemistry has shaped our world.

 

Discover Maritime History – Teacher Resources Uploaded!

 

Discover Neuroscience

  • 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!

 

#DoesYouGood – Stay well from your own home with free courses led by our Sports and Wellbeing instructors!

 

God’s House Tower exhibitions

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.

 

#ForOurFuture from LifeLab

A comprehensive toolkit for supporting young people during lockdown including educational, cultural and wellbeing activities, information, advice and guidance.

 

How to get to 100 and enjoy it!

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 ExpectancyEducation & EmploymentMigrationPopulation 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!

Introduction to Modern Russian History

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.”

 

#JHGflags – YOUR flag: Call for entries

  • 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!

 

John Hansard Gallery – Digital Exhibitions

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.

 

Journey to Beginnings 

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.

 

Learn with US (Transition) 

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.

 

Lifelong Learning Podcast Library

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!

 

Maths & Physics videos with UoS Graduate Dr. Emma Osbourne

 

National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) Courses

Many of the NCCE CPD sessions for teachers are already available online, and more are being added regularly.

 

National Cipher Challenge – New Weekly Challenges!

  • 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!

Organic Chemistry A-Level Resources

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.

 

Re-Sourcing History

  • 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.

 

SOTSEF Goes Digital!

SOTSEF 2020 is back…with a fresh digital twist, as ‘SOTSEF Goes Digital’!
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!

Safe4me

There are also useful additional updates, information, materials and resources given regularly through the Safe4me News E-bulletin. Sign up and contribute by emailing schoolyouthengagement@hampshire.pnn.pol

 

Southampton English Podcasts

  • 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.

 

Southampton Philosophy Café Podcasts

  • 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.

 

Southern Universities Network (SUN) Resources

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.

 

Special Collections – Online Exhibitions

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!

 

 

Surge Radio – Study Abroad & Exchange Podcasts

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 erasmus@soton.ac.uk 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.

 

Talks for Year 12 Students

You will need to register for a free GoToWebinar account to view these talks

 

Turner Sims: Cordelia Williams, playing the Steinway Piano

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.

 

University of Southampton MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

 

University of Southampton Research Videos

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!

UniTasterDays Teachers Guide

Teachers, careers colleagues and support staff: Download your FREE Teachers’ Guide to University brochure.

The Teachers’ Guide has been produced by UniTasterDays.com in collaboration with HELOA – to support the university guidance that is provided in secondary schools and colleges.  Editorial has been provided by over 35 colleagues at universities institutions throughout the UK. On topics covering how to support students with their university decisions, university events, widening participation & fair access, UCAS applications (including writing school references) and more. It also includes the key student finance facts from Martin Lewis.

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.

 

Webinars

Subject Specific Webinars

Degrees to Save the World: Creating Inclusive Communities

Wed 25 May, 17:00 to 18:00

Learn how Southampton alumni are using storytelling and art to create social impact, reduce inequalities and promote inclusive communities.

 

The Youth STEMM Award (YSA)

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.

 

X-Polli:Nation Project

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.

 

 

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