Institute of Astronomy

Working with Schools

We are happy to try and assist school groups who are studying some aspect of Astronomy. Apologies - but we are already over-subscribed for the Spring Term.

Options include:

1) Visit the department

As a working university department, we don't have a dedicated outreach centre - however we can sometimes accommodate group visits. Usually this could include a talk (at an entirely age-appropriate level) followed by Q&A in the lecture theatre, and the chance to visit at least one of the large historical telescopes on site. We offer this for free to schools; but please bear in mind that the possibility of this option is strongly constrained by the availability of both staff and lecture theatre. For the academic year 2012/13 we expect significant disruption due to building work in close proximity to the lecture theatre, and so we are currently unsure whether this option will be readily available.

2) A visit from an astronomer

This is a more flexible option, where an astronomer could come and visit your class in school - to give a relevant talk, answer questions that pupils have about astronomy and space... Again, this is subject to availability of staff. There is no fee charged, but we would ask that all travel expenses (eg mileage at 40p/mile) are reimbursed.

If you are interested in exploring these ideas further, please contact Dr Carolin Crawford

Work experience

Although we do have a number of enquiries from secondary school students for work experience, please note that unfortunately we are not usually able to accommodate such requests.


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