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STEM Opportunities 9.9

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!

Mathematics Teachers and Advisers Conference

Tuesday 25th June, 9:30am-2pm
University of Leeds 

The School of Mathematics at the University of Leeds offers an annual day-long teacher conference. This years conference takes place on Tuesday 25th June between 9:30am-2pm.

For more information please visit: or contact Daniel Lesnic the Conference Organiser

Geophysics Teachers Conference

Friday 28th June, 9:30am-4pm

The Faculty of Environment holds an annual teachers’ conference, in which we bring together some of our top academics to share insights into their latest cutting edge research. The event is free, with lunch and refreshments included.

For more information please visit: or contact Prof Jurgen Neuberg

Enhanced Tour with Activity (Engineering)


September-December 2019 9:15am-12pm
Faculty of Engineering
Target audience: KS3 & KS4 (max 32 students)

Bring your class to visit the Faculty of Engineering at University of Leeds and experience what it would be like to study Engineering at Higher Education, explore courses available and an Engineer’s role in society. Students will explore the campus and specialist facilities and equipment in the Faculty of Engineering before taking part in a one hour practical engineering activity delivered by post graduate students.

Lunch is optional. We advise that you bring packed lunches and spaces for lunch can be booked on request. On arrival you will be greeted by students to walk you to the Faculty of Engineering building. Minibus parking is available on request free of charge.


Book now for September–December 2019. The following dates are not available due to exams taking place; 13-24 January 2020 and 18 May – 5 June 2020
Please note these sessions are limited to 3 per term and offered on a first come first served basis. Bookings must be received at least 4 weeks in advance.

Please email the STEM team with your name, role, school, number of students (max 32) and year group.

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 one 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. To sign up please visit

For more information on the other online courses available please visit and choose a course that suits you.

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

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

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.

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

Chemistry taster days

Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th July.
Target Audience:  Open to KS4 and KS5 students in Year 11/12 studying (or planning to study) Chemistry A-Level. 

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 survey for all institutions offering post-16 (Level 3) maths provision

To all institutions offering post-16 (Level 3) maths provision

You are invited to participate in an online survey which is part of a three-year project looking at how Core Maths provision is developing in schools and colleges across the country, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, and carried out by a research team at the University of Leeds. The link to the survey is

We are interested in teacher and manager views on Core Maths (whether or not individuals or institutions are teaching it).

We would be grateful if you could share this link with teachers and managers within your own maths networks, and encourage participation via social media as appropriate.

The survey should only take 10-15 minutes to fill in, and there is a prize of £250 to encourage participation.

Game Changers: Solving Problems That Matter

The world today is rapidly changing and bringing with it a host of new challenges. Increasingly, societies around the world are looking to the ingenuity of youth to pioneer new ideas and solutions for many of the most pressing issues (e.g. climate change, inequality and healthcare, etc.)

On July 9th, 2019, Leeds University Business School (LUBS) in collaboration with Ericsson, a global leader in communications technology will be hosting, Game Changers: Solving Problems That Matter, a one-day innovation symposium for aspiring inventors, dreamers, entrepreneurs and anyone looking to learn:

  •  How to generate new ideas and solutions for real-world problems
  •  How to transition ideas from concept to reality
  • How to win the support for novel ideas and solution

The symposium will culminate with a mini-competition, where students will have the opportunity to present their exciting solutions to panel of judges. All participating students will be eligible to win Amazon gift vouchers.

Event Registration:

All interested students, 14 years or older are welcome to participate. To register for the event, a representative from each school (i.e. member of staff) should submit an email with the following information:

  • Names of participating student, including year of study
  • Issues or problems relevant to their curriculum

Please send all registrations to .

Event registration closes on June 21st 2019.