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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call 023 8059 7521, or complete this simple form.
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Feature: Summer ECS Taster Courses
This year our popular Summer ECS Taster Courses are going virtual!
Taking place from the 2nd to the 6th of August 2021, these online courses will allow you to apply your skills to Electronic Engineering or Biomedical Electronic Engineering. You will also have the opportunity to hear from and work with our talented academics and students, as well as to have virtual tours of our labs and accommodation.
This year we are offering two types of courses: Enhanced and Global.
The ‘Enhanced’ course is a traditional week-long course with mentors, small group work and you will receive a certificate upon completion. The Enhanced course will require you to complete an application form, meet our entry requirements and pay a fee of £35. However, bursaries are available. This will be an exhilarating week in which you will have the opportunity to improve your understanding of topics, try out your design skills, solve some interesting problems, hang out (virtually!) with cool people and have lots of fun!
The ‘Global’ course is open to everyone! There is no application form needed and you will have access to certain keynotes and lectures from modules. This course has no entry requirements and there are no costs involved.
Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
Turing said, “Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.”
This online public lecture held on the 12th May from 16.00 – 18.00 describes the speaker’s journey to use the Einstein and Turing observations as inspirations to solve a fifty-year-old puzzle in theoretical physics.
He held a number of prestigious positions first at the University of Maryland and after 2017 in Brown University. Gates served on the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology from 2009-2016.
Feature: Studying LGBT+ History workshop
February may be LGBT+ month, but what about the rest of the year? At the University of Southampton we believe that it’s important that these often marginalized histories are not ignored beyond February.
As such, we would like to invite you to an online workshop on the 21st of April, exploring LGBT+ history and some of the different ways it has developed and evolved.
The workshop will involve three short talks by specialists from the History department, followed by a Q&A. The talks will cover a broad range of LGBT+ histories, from queer spaces in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain and trans history in the mid-twentieth century United States to how the law has operated against homosexuality in the UK, Brazil, and Russia.
All are welcome, although we think the workshop would be particularly suitable for GCSE and A-level students.
Feature: Biodiversity Game Show
In celebration of Earth Day, come along and join us on the 24th April for an afternoon of games and quizzes to test your knowledge on biodiversity and the climate!
Biodiversity Blockbusters, Only Connect, and a range of other games for you to join in with will help you learn about the natural world!
This is a joint event between the Nature and Biodiversity Community Hub, the Marine Conservation Society, the Extinction Rebellion Society, and other students at the University of Southampton.
This event will take place in Zoom. You will receive the link in the event reminders, starting with the 48-hour reminder.
Feature: “Managing Seaweed through More than Maps” Workshop Series
#MoreThanMaps is running another virtual workshop series in May 2021 for UK based 16-18 year old Geography A-level students. “Managing Seaweed through More than Maps” is a short workshop series that explores SEAWEED management as an adaptation case study. The workshops provide case studies and methods to the students, as well as a taster session of the types of learning they could do at a university undergraduate level.
The maximum number of participants in one session is 30 students. We can run the workshop for one college exclusively, or coordinate between colleges for an appropriate date and time.
The virtual workshop will run for three sessions of 1.5 hours. They can be run during or after school hours, as preferred.
Workshop 1: Why do politicians needs science?
Workshop 2: What is environmental mapping and how can we use it?
Workshop 3: How can studying people help to solve environmental problems?
Please contact email@example.com for further details or to arrange a date/time.
We may be confined to staying at home and many of Southampton’s great venues are temporarily closed but that hasn’t stopped them bringing the local and global culture to you. From virtual tours and art exhibitions to live concerts and online events, explore this page and discover what’s available right at your fingertips.
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!
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.
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 been offering heaps of online events and activities since lockdown began in their GHT at Home series.
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.”
- 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.
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!
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.
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.
Talks for Year 12 Students
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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.