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STEM Opportunities Newsletter

STEM Opportunities is our monthly newsletter for teachers which details upcoming events and information that may be of interest.

Check out our most recent issue below and subscribe here to receive future issues!


STEM Summer Schools

What is it really like to study STEM subjects at university and what opportunities could they lead to? Your students will have the chance to find out during one of our residential summer schools this June and July. They can choose from Biosciences, Food Science, Maths and Physics. Applications open shortly. For more details please visit

Year 12 chemistry practical days

1st-4th July
University of Leeds

Bring your A level chemists to a full day of lab activities incorporating various elements
of the required practicals. Choose from the synthesis and analysis of paracetamol or
spectroscopy of the hydrogen atom and kinetics of a first order reaction.
For more information and to book please visit

Chemistry taster days

Open to Year 11 or 12 pupils studying (or planning to study) Chemistry A Level.
3rd and 4th July

Are you currently in year 11 or 12 with an interest in studying chemistry at the next level? 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.

For more information and to book, please visit

Online courses

The University of Leeds provides FREE quality online courses to help students make the transition to university.  These courses can be used as a classroom enrichment resource or independently by students to discover exciting subject areas presented by leading academics.

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Fossil Hunt

Take part in a fossil hunt with our expert palaeontologists. What did these strange creatures look like when they were alive? Where did they live? What did they eat? This fun and informative workshop is for years 3 to 6. Please note: this activity is only available to schools in Leeds. To book please e-mail

Spinal Angles, Statistics and Scoliosis

This session is a great way to show students that the maths skills they are developing are used in the real world in various professions.

The students will find out what the "Cobb angle" is and explore how to determine and measure it to understand scoliotic curve severity from spinal x-rays and analysing results for orthopaedic healthcare applications/professionals.

Curriculum Area: Geometry and Statistics – KS3 Mathematics
Target Audience: Mid-attaining pupils Year 8/9

Limited availability Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Contact to request a session.

Leeds Loves STEM talks

Target Audience: KS4 or KS5
Duration: 1 hour (includes two student talks)

Our student ambassadors will give a presentation and answer questions about their degree subjects, career paths and their experiences of studying at the University of Leeds.

These talks are a chance for your pupils to find out more about specific STEM subjects and opportunities in higher education. They allow pupils to explore some of the options available for further study and would be ideal for pupils making decisions about which subjects to study at a higher level.

For more information and to request a Leeds Loves STEM talk

Salters Festival of Chemistry

Tuesday 21st May

Inspire and motivate your Y7 and 8 pupils with this exciting opportunity to take part in a lab-based competition.  For more information and to enter a team of four students please visit  Schools from disadvantaged areas are encouraged to apply.