The Widening Participation and Outreach Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
We have updated the contextual data section of the University website. If you go to the updated version here you will find some potentially useful tools in the hyperlinks. These tools include a target school list , link to department for education performance tables, IMD and a postcode look up tool that checks if you are from eligible POLAR 3 or IMD postcodes.
Engaging Diverse Audiences Workshop for Teaching Staff, Research Active Staff and PhDs
An interactive and practical workshop that will help you gain a deeper understanding of Outreach, Public Engagement and Widening Participation work at the University and how to engage learners from diverse backgrounds and different age groups, especially from a Widening Participation (WP) background.
Our aim is to help you increase your confidence pitching to a range of audiences, giving you tools to design and plan a session on your research area/a topic in your subject discipline for a WP/Public Engagement target audience. You will get to hear from colleagues across the University who are already engaging in this kind of work and discuss good practice examples. We will also introduce mechanisms to measure and evaluate your impact and inform you about opportunities to get involved in Widening Participation/Public Engagement initiatives across the University.
The workshop will be held in two sessions:
Friday 12 October 2018, 9.30am-12.30pm - Wolfson Research Exchange (Library)
Friday 19 October 2018, 9.30am-12.30pm - Wolfson Research Exchange (Library)
For more information please email either contact:
Maria Kehr (Widening Participation & Outreach) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Naomi Kay (Public Engagement) - N.Kay@warwick.ac.uk
New University Strategy
In this strategy, we imagine how the University of Warwick might be in 2030: how we will be excellent in everything we do and how our excellence will be chanelled into a renewed purpose and impact. Inclusion is one of the four strategic priorities included in the strategy this year. Please visit here to read more.
Are you a teacher of Classics, or a teacher interested in introducing Classics or Ancient History to your school’s curriculum?
If so, you and your students are warmly invited to the free launch event of the Warwick Classics Network:
‘EMPERORS, COINS, FROGS AND ORACLES’
2nd July 2018 at the University of Warwick
For more information please visit here.
Early booking is advised as places are limited. A booking form is included on the website, but please feel free to contact Dr Paul Grigsby – Paul.Grigsby@Warwick.ac.uk or Dr Michael Scott – email@example.com with any booking enquiries or questions concerning the day.
The University of Warwick would like to invite your 6th Form students to attend Lab Experience Days at the School of Life Sciences.
Lab Experience Days enable students to:
- Find out about studying Biology at University.
- Learn new skills by attending a mini-lecture and doing practical work in a large teaching laboratory.
- Go on a tour of campus and talk to current students about what life at University is really like.
We will be continuing to run the highly successful lab experience days again this year in the School of Life Sciences from Monday 2 July to Friday 6 July 2018. We have a limited number of spaces so early sign ups are encouraged.
Teachers are welcome to register whole groups or alternatively individuals can register themselves. More information can be found on our website at: www.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/lifesci/outreach/lab). Registrations are encouraged by 4 June 2018.
This year four hundred and twenty pupils took part in the Warwick Bright Stars programme, the University primary school outreach programme. At the start of the year, Warwick student ambassadors with the help of university departments, delivered modules in various subjects such as History, French, Law and Economics. The aim of the programme was to raise aspirations of local primary children from under-represented backgrounds in Higher Education. On Friday 16th March, the pupils joined us in the Oculus with their parents and teachers to celebrate their achievements at our Graduation ceremony. The children presented their work and you can see some of the videos here.
Professor Chris Hughes, our Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education welcomed them to Warwick and stressed the importance of Education and how Warwick aspires at being a learning centre in the community. The children reflected upon their achievements and resilience, sending rockets as high as the ceiling of the Oculus with Kate Redhead from the Primary Science Teaching Trust, before graduating under the applause of their proud parents and teachers. Certificates were handed out by Will Curtis, Academic Director and Paul Blagburn, Head of Widening Participation and Outreach. There was a lot of laughter, cheering and hat throwing and the proud smiles of these children reminded us all the importance of promoting social mobility and the impact our university can have in our community.
In April and May, more children joined the programme to take part in our campus days organised with the support of the Chemistry department, Warwick Manufacturing group and the Arts Centre. The children watched Nick Barkers explosive chemistry show, and created crash test structures for their eggs with Peter Wilson from WMG to learn about how materials change state and shape.
Warwick Public Lectures in Mathematics and Statistics for teachers and secondary students (year 11+)
Title: Statistics: a data science for the twenty-first century
Speaker: Peter Diggle (Lancaster)
Aimed at: Teachers and year 11+ students. The talk is aimed at a general audience and no preliminary knowledge of mathematics/statistics will be necessary.
When: May 16th, 2018
Where: MS.01 Zeeman building (Maths and Stats), at 6.15 pm.
Attendance is free. Refreshments served after the lecture.
Abstract: The rise of data science could be seen as a potental threat to the long-term status of the statistics discipline. In this lecture, I will argue that, although there is a threat, there is also a much greater opportunity to re-emphasize the universal relevance of statistical method to the interpretation of data. I will describe several recent research projects through which I hope to demonstrate that statistics makes an essential, but incomplete, contribution to the emerging field of ‘electronic health’ research, and will offer some personal thoughts on how the statistics discipline should seize the data science opportunity.
Short Bio: Peter Diggle is Distinguished University Professor of Statistics in the Faculty of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University and Director of Training for Health Data Research UK. He also holds Adjunct positions at Johns Hopkins, Yale and Columbia Universities, and was president of the Royal Statistical Society from 2014 to 2016. Between 1974 and 1983 Prof Diggle was a Lecturer, then Reader in Statistics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Between 1984 and 1988 he was Senior, then Principal, then Chief Research Scientist and Chief of the Division of Mathematics and Statistics at CSIRO, Australia.
Prof Diggle's research involves the development of statistical methods for spatial and longitudinal data analysis and their applications in the biomedical, health and environmental sciences. He was awarded the Royal Statistical Society's Guy Medal in Silver in 1997, and the Barnett Award and Lecture in 2017.
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