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Nov
29
Wed
Sculpting Light to the Atom-Scale @ University of Leeds
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Professor Jeremy Baumberg
University of Cambridge

Sculpting Light to the Atom-Scale or: How Nanoscience can Enable the Intelligent Toilet

Matter can interact with light to give us superfast internet connections, or allow us to see the protein workings of our cells. But we don’t really understand the limit to this because it is only now that it is becoming possible to reliably build and assemble structures on the nanoscale that sculpt light more exquisitely.
In this talk, I will show how such nano-photonics is capable of squeezing light smaller than single molecular bonds so we can watch them directly. This opens up the use of chemistry to make springy machinery that enables colour-changing wallpapers, or its use for biosensing of molecules to tell you about your body’s health on a day-by-day basis.

Dec
1
Fri
Physics@Work @ STEM Learning Centre, University of York
Dec 1 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Institute of Physics in partnership with the University of York and the University of Leeds have organised an exciting new event called “Physics at Work” on 1st December 2017. The event is based on the event run by the University of Cambridge (of the same name). The students can hear from employers about the value of studying Physics at GCSE/A-level and beyond and try out hands-on activities that give a taste of the many ways Physics contributes to the UK economy.

There will be a range of workshops run throughout the day, hosted by businesses in different sectors of industry who employ Physicists. The event is for students in years 9 or 10 and a maximum of 15 places are available per school.

For tickets, please visit http://wripa.ac.uk/physics-work-event/applications/.

Dec
4
Mon
Physics Sixth Form Conference @ University of Leeds
Dec 4 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Join us at the Physics Sixth Form Conference here at the University of Leeds and hosted by the School of Physics and Astronomy.

The purpose of this event is for A-level students to hear about the new and exciting areas of research happening at the University of Leeds, and the opportunities available to both pre-university and undergraduate students to not just learn physics, but DO physics.

We’ll showcase the active research environment here at the University of Leeds that enables us to offer exciting courses taught by experts who are leaders in their fields.

Dec
11
Mon
RSC Lecture for Schools: Building Nature’s Robots @ Lecture Theatre A, School of Chemistry, University of Leeds
Dec 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Building Nature’s Robots

Prof Mark Lorch

Proteins are the chemical micro-machines that control all living organisms. They are the gatekeepers, messengers, factories and defence systems within us all. We will take a look at the amazing and still
mysterious processes that proteins use to build themselves and what happens when proteins go rogue.

The lecture is suitable for students in Y9-11.

For more information and to book places, please email
l.crabtree@leeds.ac.uk

RSC Lecture for Schools: Building Nature’s Robots @ Lecture Theatre A, School of Chemistry, University of Leeds
Dec 11 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Building Nature’s Robots

Prof Mark Lorch

Proteins are the chemical micro-machines that control all living organisms. They are the gatekeepers, messengers, factories and defence systems within us all. We will take a look at the amazing and still
mysterious processes that proteins use to build themselves and what happens when proteins go rogue.

The lecture is suitable for students in Y9-11.

For more information and to book places, please email
l.crabtree@leeds.ac.uk

Dec
12
Tue
Medicine – Not Just About Medics @ University of Leeds
Dec 12 @ 9:45 am – 3:15 pm

Suitable for high ability years 10 and 11

Up to 10 pupils per school

Many students are interested in medicine but not all will become doctors. We aim to show a few of the alternative pathways for talented STEM pupils in this day of hands-on workshops.

We have a limited number of places for students who would like to find out more about where their passion for STEM subjects could take them. Students will take part in practical activities in areas such as medical physics, biomedical sciences, nutrition and medicinal chemistry.

Please see our webpage for more information and details of how to book.

Dec
13
Wed
Physics Taster Day @ University of Leeds
Dec 13 @ 9:45 am – 2:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what studying physics at university is like? Join us as an undergraduate student for the day! You’ll attend a lecture, solve challenging problems during a workshop and complete an undergraduate-level lab session in the afternoon!

This is a great opportunity for Year 12 students studying both Maths and Physics to experience university life and see what it’s like to study in higher education. Students must have permission from their teachers to attend the event.

You must apply for a place on the Taster Day at www.stem.leeds.ac.uk/physics/tasterday.

Deadline to apply will be Friday 3 November 2017.

Analysis and Spectroscopy Workshop @ University of Leeds
Dec 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In this workshop, Y12 chemistry A level students work in groups to identify a common painkiller using melting point, thin layer chromatography and infrared (IR) spectroscopy. This is followed by a detailed analysis of the IR and NMR spectra. Other techniques may be covered on request.

Dec
14
Thu
Chemistry Taster Day @ University of Leeds
Dec 14 @ 9:45 am – 2:45 pm

Come and join us for a Chemistry Taster Day!

Are you currently in year 12 studying A level chemistry? Are you considering studying Chemistry at university and would like to find out more? Join us for a taster day where you will experience life as an undergraduate chemist by carrying out practical experiments in our teaching labs, exploring the campus and speaking to current staff and students in the School of Chemistry.

Explore STEM Day @ University of Leeds
Dec 14 @ 9:45 am – 2:30 pm

Year 10 and 11 students are invited to visit the University of Leeds to discover more about higher education, find out what STEM subjects you can study at university and where they could take you! We’ll show you around the University and you can find out what it’s like to be a student here.

In the afternoon, you’ll get to take part in a hands-on taster session from a range of subjects and themes.

This event is offered as a Subject Taster day for Excellence Hubs.

To book, please visit the Excellence Hub booking system for the University of Leeds.

Jan
12
Fri
Institute of Physics Yorkshire Day @ University of Leeds
Jan 12 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Lectures, masterclasses, workshops and more. All teachers of physics, technicians and trainees welcome.

This popular day for everyone teaching physics is a mix of practical workshops, inspiring talks and congenial networking. Sessions concentrate on ideas to use in your labs and classrooms.

Car parking spaces at Leeds University are restricted and should be pre-booked – contact Louise Crabtree on L.Crabtree@leeds.ac.uk with car registration details to do so. Details of the costs for parking can be found at www.carparking.leeds.ac.uk/visitors.

Information on the programme and workshops will be provided soon. You will be contacted by the organiser to select your workshop options.

Please note: the map displayed to the right is the postal address. Access to the physical location of this event via this link. Here’s a campus map for reference:

https://www.leeds.ac.uk/campusmap

Mar
3
Sat
Leeds Festival of Science 2018 @ Leeds
Mar 3 – Mar 23 all-day

The annual Leeds Festival of Science – now in its 13th year – offers an exciting programme of events to help enthuse and inspire everyone, with activities for key stages 2-5, and public events open to all. Schools can join us for just one session or make a day of it, and our public events run throughout evenings and weekends. There is always a wide range of topics offered, covering many areas of science, maths, engineering, geology, geography, sports science and careers.

Be sure to check out the schools programme and the public programme to see what’s on offer.

Pop Maths Quiz @ University of Leeds
Mar 3 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Pupils from years 7 and 8 compete in teams of six in this pub quiz style maths competition.  For more information visit www.maths.leeds.ac.uk/popmaths.

Mar
10
Sat
Enriching the Teaching of A level Mathematics @ MALL 1, School of Mathematics, University of Leeds
Mar 10 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Enriching the Teaching of A level Mathematics: a Study Day for Teachers

Programme

 11:00  Registration and coffee

 

11:15

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching mechanics: assumptions, misconceptions and Newton’s Laws

This workshop will cover basic assumptions, misconceptions and Newton’s Laws in the teaching of mechanics. There will be many activities used that can be taken very easily directly into the classroom.

Workshop leader: Dr Tom Roper
Tom taught mathematics in schools and colleges for 17 years, before joining the School of Education at the University of Leeds. Tom has given many talks on mathematics and has led workshops in schools and at conferences.  Currently he is President of the Mathematical Association.

 12:45  Lunch

 

13:30

 

 

 

 

 

Using rich tasks for teaching A level Mathematics

We will work together on some rich tasks offered by Underground Mathematics and consider the different ways in which the resources could be used to develop students’ mathematical thinking. We will also discuss how classroom video clips can be used for teacher professional development.

Workshop leader: Dr Lizzie Kimber
Lizzie taught A-level mathematics in schools for seven years. She has worked on curriculum projects as a Nuffield Foundation Education Fellow and has designed resources for NRICH and Underground Mathematics.

 15:00  Tea and departure

Fee: £10 including refreshments and lunch.

This event is organized by the Yorkshire Branch of the Mathematical Association.

 

 

Mar
20
Tue
Food Science Taster Day @ University of Leeds
Mar 20 @ 9:45 am – 2:00 pm

Would you like to explore the role of science in our understanding of food and nutrition? Would you like to experience life as a university student for the day? You can do just that during this hands-on taster day!

The programme will include a mini lecture, spectroscopy practical, taste testing and the opportunity to meet and speak to current staff and students in the School of Food Science and Nutrition.

Open to individual students from year 10, 11 or 12 with teacher and parental permission and to small school groups of up to 6 students. Free of charge to attend and lunch is provided.

For queries or more information please contact Louise Crabtree l.crabtree@leeds.ac.uk

Mar
21
Wed
Physics Taster Day @ University of Leeds
Mar 21 @ 9:45 am – 2:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what studying physics at university is like? Join us as an undergraduate student for the day! You’ll attend a lecture, solve challenging problems during a workshop and complete an undergraduate-level lab session in the afternoon!

This is a great opportunity for Year 12 students studying both Maths and Physics to experience university life and see what it’s like to study in higher education. Students must have permission from their teachers to attend the event.

You must apply for a place on the Taster Day.

Deadline to apply will be Friday 3 March 2018.

Are large databases good for your health? (W. P. Milne Lecture for sixth formers) @ University of Leeds
Mar 21 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The big increase in computing power over recent years has made it possible to routinely record large volumes of information about our daily lives (and especially our health). Statistics is the essential tool for making sense of the huge quantities of data available. There are many exciting challenges – often the data that are missing or poorly recorded are at least as informative as the data that are present. The real strength of such databases comes when they are linked together to see the bigger picture, but how do we do this, and should we worry that our privacy is being invaded? In this talk we look at these issues through examples ranging from goals in world cup football to survival following a heart attack.

Jun
27
Wed
Food Science Summer School @ University of Leeds
Jun 27 – Jun 29 all-day

The School of Food Science and Nutrition will be holding a 2 night residential summer school from 27th – 29th June 2018 for Year 12 students. 

The Food Science Summer School aims to give young scientists an idea of how exciting Food Science can really be, opening their eyes to this ever changing multidisciplinary science subject which affects everyone on a daily basis.

The event will give students the chance to:

  • Investigate product design with Marks & Spencer
  • Visit a leading food manufacturer
  • Use analytical techniques to understand the properties of food
  • Explore the campus and experience life at university, including staying in one of our halls of residence
  • Find out more about careers in food
  • Meet current students and graduates
  • Get information and guidance on applying to university

Further details of the programme will be sent to candidates upon receiving an offer of a place.

For more information and to apply please visit the food sciences website.

University Mathematics in Perspective @ University of Leeds
Jun 27 – Jun 29 all-day

This three-day residential course provides an introduction to student life and mathematics at the University of Leeds. We offer you a sneak preview of university life plus an insight into how mathematics develops at degree level. Our University lecturers will extend and enrich your existing study of mathematics at A-level (or equivalent) through a series of talks.

Jul
10
Tue
Physics Summer School @ University of Leeds
Jul 10 @ 11:30 am – Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm

Experience life as an undergraduate physics student at the University of Leeds on this two-night residential summer school.