November 16, 2013

Oxford University molecular biology workshops

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, with support from the Wellcome Trust and the Association for Science and Discovery Centres, delivers practical molecular biology workshops to A Level students from local schools. Using research-standard equipment, students extract, amplify and visualise their own DNA, complemented by museum-based work on fossil evidence for human evolution. Workshops are delivered by specialist education officers, while scientists from university departments provide practical support as students learn new techniques, and also have the opportunity to share their research and careers advice.

November 16, 2013

Animating Art History Courtauld Institute of Art

Animating Art History is an on-going widening participation partnership between The Courtauld Institute of Art and University of the Arts London. Each year, twenty six young people aged 16-19, from families with no prior engagement in higher education, take part in the innovative course which combines art history, photography and animation. Following research and experimentation led by academics from both institutions, students produce final works of art inspired by The Courtauld Gallery collection, both in animation and photographic format accompanied by short texts outlining their research.

November 16, 2013

Widening Participation Officer University of Cambridge

The Children and Young Peoples’ Widening Participation Officer at the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) is a new post jointly funded by Arts Council England through the Major Partner Museum programme, and the University’s Widening Participation Project Fund. Through exciting and participative projects, the role is building sustainable partnerships with young people in target schools in collaboration with the University’s Admissions Office. This post has also enabled the School Liaison Officers in the individual Cambridge colleges to use museum visits and the UCM’s collections as an open portal to the University.

4 million public visitors, 3500 public events, 200 exhibitions in 2011-12

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