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The University of Southampton

The myriad impacts of public engagement on tertiary education; including smoothing the transition from secondary to tertiary education Seminar

28 June 2018
Building 27, Room 2003 Chemistry University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Prof David Read at .

Event details

RSC Nyholm Education Award lecture, which will be given by Prof Dudley Shallcross (Southampton alumnus). This event is sponsored by the RSC Mid-Southern Counties Local Section.

Public engagement, often referred to as Outreach, should not be an optional extra for research active staff and should not be the preserve of communication experts only. In this talk we chart the myriad impacts of public engagement following the establishment of the Bristol ChemLabS Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Crucial to the success of the Bristol ChemLabS public engagement programme was the appointment of a School Teacher Fellow (and we will discuss their impact on smoothing the transition from secondary to tertiary education) and a well-trained cadre of postgraduate (and undergraduate) students. However, the key ingredient was a proactive senior management team. Examples of impact include; direct impact on research, enhancement and improvement of teaching, the Dynamic Laboratory Manual, postgraduate employability, wider stakeholder involvement in the School of Chemistry, impact on grant success and widening the type of grants applied for and received, engaging administrative staff, national and international awards and many more.

Speaker information

Prof. Dudley Shallcross, Bristol University. Prof. Dudley Shallcross was the first ever National Teaching Fellow in Chemistry and has pioneered a number of successful science education initiatives at Higher, Secondary and Primary school level. He was Outreach Director for the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Bristol ChemLabS, at the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol, pioneering initiatives such as School Teacher Fellows, The better use of labs programme (encouraging schools to use the teaching laboratory space when available) and most recently establishing a College of Outstanding Primary School teachers of Science with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. Dudley's interests in science education are wide, with interests in effective transition from primary to secondary and secondary to tertiary, the use of contexts in learning, effective and appropriate assessment and science engagement. He has published over 70 papers on science education and over 200 on atmospheric chemistry research (his other research focus).

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