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STEM@Leeds Team

Educational Engagement
University of Leeds
18 Blenheim Terrace

0113 343 7495

Events Calendar

all-day Leeds Festival of Science 2017 @ Leeds
Leeds Festival of Science 2017 @ Leeds
Mar 4 – Mar 31 all-day
The annual Leeds Festival of Science – now in its 12th 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.
10:00 am LFoS – Be Curious @ University of Leeds
LFoS – Be Curious @ University of Leeds
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ever wondered what happens in a University? Ever been curious as to what studies and research are done in Leeds and what relevance they have to you living in the Leeds and Yorkshire area? Now is your chance to discover the vast array of exciting things that go on at the University of Leeds. All age groups are welcome at this event with many activities aimed at a family audience. There is no need to book, just come along! Admission is free. Visit our website to find out more www.leeds.ac.uk/becurious See all the public events running during Leeds Festival of Science here.
2:00 pm LFoS – Hands-on with keyhole sur... @ LIMIT/LISTA surgical training unit, Chancellor building.
LFoS – Hands-on with keyhole sur... @ LIMIT/LISTA surgical training unit, Chancellor building.
Mar 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join our tour of the Surgical Training Unit. Would you like to have a go at keyhole surgery? Would you like to hear from a brain surgeon and find out what brain surgery is really like and how growing ‘mini-brains’ in a lab is helping our research? If so, join us in the surgical training unit at St James’s hospital and have a go with the keyhole surgery training equipment which the surgeons use to practice their skills – don’t worry, you’ll be operating inside a plastic person, not a real one. You’ll also get to hear from Dr Ryan Matthew, a brain cancer surgeon who is also now doing research which involves growing ‘mini-brains’ from patient tumour samples. Suitable for adults only. This event is now fully booked. See all the public events running during Leeds Festival of Science here.
8:45 am Secondary Science Conference 2017 @ University of Leeds
Secondary Science Conference 2017 @ University of Leeds
Mar 29 @ 8:45 am – 3:30 pm
Secondary: Science Conference 2017 | Leeds for Learning  The Secondary Science Conference 2017 is about bringing curiosity, awe and wonder to your young scientists to support their outcomes. The day will allow you explore this theme through interactive workshops, demonstrations and an invaluable chance to network with other subject leaders. This event is being hosted by The University of Leeds during the Festival of Science, offering a rich learning space and an opportunity to explore what could be on offer for your pupils. On the day, we will be joined by keynote speaker Dr McGowan, Reader and Lecturer at the School of Chemistry, University of Leeds. His main area of research is in Anti-tumour drugs. His other areas of research include organometallic compounds, transition metal chemistry, medicinal chemistry, catalysis and coordination chemistry. Following the keynote, delegates will be enthused and inspired by a range of workshops including: Inspiring ideas from local schools including how to raise the profile of science An opportunity to engage in rich conversations around using practical sessions to support progress Exploring ways to motivate pupils to learn about topics that they may not initially find interesting. For more information and to book places, please visit the Leeds for Learning web pages.


Frequently Asked Questions


We receive a variety of enquiries about what the STEM@Leeds Outreach Team offer for schools. Please find a list of frequently asked questions and their answers listed below.

If your question is not listed below, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help you.



Can you come to our school’s career fair?

Our work focuses on showcasing the practical side of STEM at University and as a result we do not often get chance to agree to attend careers fairs. You can submit a request via our outreach enquiry form and we will forward to relevant colleagues across the University – it therefore helps to provide as much information on the kind of event being run and what is being looked for, on this form.

We also recommend contacting STEM Ambassadors who may be more able to cater to these requests.


Where can I find information about the courses on offer at the University?

Why not start with our simplified Course Directory to get an idea of what STEM courses are available that may  suit your interests?  Next, find detailed and up-to-date information on the University’s Course Finder to further your understanding.


Do you offer events and activities for primary schools?

We have a limited capacity to work with primary schools.  The majority of our work with primary schools is delivered during the Leeds Festival of Science.  We recommend getting in touch with STEM Ambassadors who provide lots of initiatives for primary schools.


Do you charge for events?

The majority of our outreach events are free of charge to attend, with the exception of some of our summer schools. If there is a charge it will be clearly stated before you book.


Do you offer work experience?

We’re unable to coordinate work experience placements for pupils at the University with the exception of the School of Physics and Astronomy, who offer a dedicated Work Experience scheme which accepts applications from Year 12 students studying physics and maths at A-level.


Where can I find information about STEM summer schools at the University?

Please visit our Summer Schools webpage for  information.


Who can I contact for  information about a specific topic?

The University of Leeds has a fantastic Find An Expert search engine that will help you find someone to contact.



Have a question that isn’t listed here?  Get in touch!