Institute of Astronomy

Working with Schools

Working with Schools

We are happy to try and assist school groups - at any keystage - who are studying some aspect of Astronomy.

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 the oldest historical telescope on site. We offer this for free to schools; but realise that the possibility of this option is strongly constrained by the availability of both staff and lecture theatre during the University term-time. Although we realises it's not ideal for school schedules, currently our best day for such visits during the Autumn term seems to be a Monday.  This may relax a little once our teaching schedules are finalised.

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, particularly during University term-time. There is no fee charged, but we would ask that all travel expenses (mileage at 45p/mile) are reimbursed.

If you are interested in exploring either of 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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