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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 are now open . For more details 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.

The latest is on Ecology and Wildlife Conservation and consists of five short online courses that look at the relationships between people and nature, and the challenging and difficult decisions we face when managing natural resources.

For more information on this, and the rest of the suite of course, and to sign up go to FutureLearn:

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.

Engineering Taster Day (Year 10)

Wednesday 26 June 2019, 9:30- 2:30pm

University of Leeds

For year 10 students studying Design & Technology and/ Engineering at GCSE (key stage 4) and interested in studying Engineering at Higher Education (high achieving students with the potential to study Maths and Physics at A Level).

Teachers to book and select students to attend. Maximum 15 student’s p/school

Join us to experience life as an undergraduate engineer by carrying out practical activities in our teaching labs, exploring the campus and speaking to current staff and students in the School of Engineering. Learning outcomes will include exploring functional properties of materials, process and materials testing as well as taking on their own a design challenge.

For more information please visit

To book and speak to a member of staff please contact Natalie Duffield-Moore- 0113 343 1062 /