Talk directly with world experts from Southampton and beyond in subjects you’re currently studying, thinking of taking further, or simply interested in; find tools and templates for essay and report writing, project designing and more; challenge yourself with online activities and courses; sit back with a podcast or video; or get up and move with sports and wellbeing classes you can do from your living room!
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!
LifeLab would like to invite school and college students currently in Years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 who are interested in finding out more about becoming a doctor to attend our free Virtual Summer School on 26 – 27 July 2021. Participants will spend two days gaining experience of what it is like to train and work as a doctor.
During your time with LifeLab you will have the chance to:
• Find out more about clinical skills such as suturing, through online demonstrations
• Talk to current medical students about training as a doctor and find out how the application process works
• Complete a medically inspired online escape room
• Complete online anatomy and pathology workshops
• Speak with a variety of health professionals via speed networking
• Listen to our keynote speaker talking about life in medicine
• Take part in an online trauma scenario
• Learn more about online work experience options
Once registered more information about how to attend the event will be sent.
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.
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 – 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.
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 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!
- 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!
- 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!
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.