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More than anything, keep following everything your teachers send you, they are working super hard to keep you engaged, motivated and working towards your best possible future. You’ve got this!
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: LifeLab Summer School 25th and 26th July
LifeLab Summer School 25th and 26th July: Booking now open!
LifeLab will be running its annual Summer School, aimed at Year 9, 10, 11 who are interested in becoming a doctor. Students will have the opportunity to:
learn how to perform clinical skills such as suturing and practice these on a model
experience anatomy and pathology teaching
talk to health professionals about their career
talk to medical students about training as a doctor and find out how the application process works
listen to our keynote speaker talking about life in medicine
There are 10 bursary places for students who meet 1 or more widening participation criteria otherwise places are £150. Book here.
Date: Thursday 9th June 2022
Times: This event will run virtually from 10.00 to 13:30
This online event provides Year-10 students with a chance to develop their language skills in a fun and interactive way!
In the morning, there is an intensive mini-project workshop in French, German or Spanish, led by University of Southampton PGCE Language tutors. This workshop session will explore cultural topics in French, German or Spanish and students will be able to practise grammar and vocabulary, as well as learning more about specific country topics. Students will conduct this activity in their school classrooms, with the help of their teachers where they will create, in groups of 6-8 students, a poster for this project.
After the lunch break, there will be a talk about why languages matter and how they can be useful in the world of work.
10.00-12.00 will be used to develop the project and the poster.
12.00-13.00 1-hour lunch break where students can have lunch and continue creating their posters if they choose to.
13:00-13:30 talk by Dr Jane Lavery (University of Southampton) about ‘Why Languages Matter’
Notes about the Year-10 day
· Our University of Southampton Language tutors will be sending teachers’ notes about the day, giving instructions about how the students will be involved in the classroom activities.
· Please ensure that you have different physical rooms allocated for the different target languages, access to a computer and internet in these rooms, and a teacher(s) in charge of those groups. Separate Microsoft Teams links will be emailed nearer the time.
· Materials needed: different colour Sharpies, scissors, glue, A3 poster size card
· Bookings are only confirmed on receipt of the booking form and a confirmation email being sent back to you.
· Attendance to the whole day event is expected.
· The sessions will not be recorded, nor must they be recorded by school staff or students for GDPR reasons. Cameras and microphones must be turned off at all times during the online event. The sessions must not be recorded by either staff or students for GDPR and copyright reasons.
· Schools must attend the sessions on time, or will not be allowed onto the online sessions, after the event has started. Please enter the virtual room 5 minutes before the start of the session.
Ask The Expert – 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 the Expert – 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.
Future Focus – Year 11 playlist
The series of videos within this playlist aim to ignite conversation in the classroom around university, be that face to face or in the virtual space. We hope these videos provide thought provoking content for your year 11 students, encouraging them to think about their future and to see if their future will include going to university. The topics that these videos cover are our most popular topics when talking to pre-16 students.
The videos have been presented from a current university student perspective. At the end of each video we have posed a question or a conversation title to encourage individual reflection or a classroom discussion.
If after watching these videos you would like to know more about the work we do in Widening Participation & Social Mobility at the University of Southampton please get in touch or visit our website, see 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.
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.
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.
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.
Try these Circular Bioeconomy puzzles, to find out how we use living things to help us make energy and new products from rubbish! These are based on research from our Water and Environmental Engineering Group, and partners in the Environmental Biotechnology Network.
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!
- 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!
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.
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!
Democracy and encouragement are fundamental features of any modern society. This project aims to support future democratic participation by building a web-based simulation tool in the form of a game. Each player acts as a local government representative, implementing local laws as they see fit, and thereby learning about participation issues and democratic choices.
- 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!
SciTunes use the power of song to teach Science! Follow the link to find a range of music videos created to keep classrooms lively, increase student engagement and make lesson content memorable. Includes exciting content for teaching and revision of GCSE science.
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!
- 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.
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!
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.
- Learn directly from our world experts for free!
- Great preparation for, or tasters of, courses you’re 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!
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.
More Courses and Resources
We know there’s a lot out there and it can be easy to get lost in it all – so our wonderful LifeLab colleagues have brought together their favourite online courses and resources for you, in addition to our own listed above!
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.
Youth STEM Matters: Youth STEM Matters creates a platform for young people to share their research, ideas and innovations with the world, by allowing them to get their scientific project work published in a peer reviewed journal! Get involved by writing and submitting a STEM article or project, or, if you want to gain new skills and volunteer from home, join their team of volunteers!
Aspen Global Change Science and Solutions: For anyone looking for science content for learning at home, AGCI’s education page offers introductions to global change topics, with journal activities for further thought.
Encounter Edu: A one-stop-shop for teachers, parents and students to explore distance learning through free live lessons, downloadable curriculum-aligned resources, STEAM activities, subject updates and multimedia.
The Linnean Society: A hub page featuring a wealth of activities and information on biological science.
School Physics: Over 3,000 pages, this website created by long-term ASE (Association for Science Education) member Keith Gibbs offers simple explanations and diagrams covering a wealth of key physics concepts, categorised by student age.
Physics Online: Free videos and lessons.
Rosetta Stone: Free access to Rosetta Stone for Students for three months, making learning new languages accessible. You will get instant feedback on your pronunciation. You’ll be able to see how you’re coming along with progress data and printable reports.
DuoLingo: A free app for your phone for students to work on their language skills or try a new language.
Mr. Bruff: Daily English lessons for GCSE students.
English National Ballet: Live ballet lessons.
Multiple Subject Areas
The Open University: Access a huge range of free online courses from Open Learn. Increase confidence, and develop skills needed to enter Higher Education and succeed with learning. Subjects include Health Sports and Psychology, Education and Development, History and the Arts, Languages, Money and Business, Nature and Environment, STEM, Society, Politics and Law, and many more!
TES (Times Educational Supplement): TES has put together a collection of teacher-created learning resources designed to engage both primary and secondary students and help them learn and study outside of their usual classroom environment. All these resources are completely free to download and use and include lessons, worksheets, workbooks and activities across a multitude of subject disciplines.
MASSOLIT: Over 3,000 lectures across more than 400 courses. MASSOLIT works with academics from the world’s best universities to produce high-quality, curriculum-linked videos covering a range of subjects, perfect for GCSE, A-Level and International Baccalaureate students.
Study Skills & Careers
EtonX: Courses have been made available free online and offer training in skills important to life and to the workplace. Topics include CV Writing, Creative Problem Solving, Interview Skills, Making an Impact, Resilience, Research Skills, and Writing Skills.