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Mathematics and Science Learning Centre


Collaboration with partners is key in providing high quality professional development. We work with a range of partners to design, develop and deliver innovative provision.

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Collaboration with industry

Polymer Solutions for our Future is a collaboration with the Horners’ Educational Trust and ExxonMobil, which uses the context of polymers to engage teachers with the properties and uses of modern polymers, and the variety of routes into a range of STEM careers. Teachers have the opportunity for hands-on practical work, a tour of the ExxonMobil facility and to see the polymer plant operations in action.

Working with industry and RAEng to promote entry to HE

Electrical Energy for our Future: connecting the school STEM curriculum with the world of work is a collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering and National Grid which was part of the HEFCE-funded HE STEM programme. A professional development day was developed to address issues around a lack of awareness of routes into engineering careers by teachers. The one day session involved exploring teaching resources available to teach about power generation and the engineering problems and solutions resulting from variation in demand. Input from academics, University admissions officers and National Grid engineers provided an overview of the variety of routes into an engineering career and subsequent benefits.

Engineering Careers – working with school teachers to improve their knowledge of engineering and enhance their capacity to provide careers advice: a project with National Grid. Dr Janice Griffiths, Dr Sarah Fielding and Mr Andrew Mallett. Enhancing Engineering Higher Education: Outputs of the National HE STEM Programme, July 2012. 

Innovative ways of teaching power generation
Participants on Engineering Careers
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