Science/STEM outreach

We offer an ever-expanding programme of free outreach events in STEM and the broader science/life science disciplines. Designed to inspire the scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technologists of the future, the activities have been designed in collaboration with our academic colleagues in the Faculties of Science and Life Sciences. Focusing on pure and applied sciences, all events are intended to enthuse your students whilst offering curriculum enhancement and enrichment.

Find out more and book some of our upcoming STEM events.

We're also pleased to be the contract holders for STEMNET in the Surrey and Berkshire region, to find out more about this resource see:

STEM in Surrey and Berkshire

Types of provision:

  • Subject Days and Theme Days – hands-on activities for students based on or around a particular AS (or equivalent) subject. Days include practical tasters which support their studies and also highlight the Higher Education options available to students studying in these areas.
  • Master Classes / Technique Sessions – focus on a specific area, technique or skill within a subject, allowing students the chance to see 'close-up' some of the scientific equipment used in research and development, and to learn more about their uses. Particularly popular are our sessions in microscopy and spectroscopy teaching in schools and colleges.
  • Conferences / Debates - designed to challenge the way students can think about science and technology and to encourage independent learning and development of transferable skills, such as evidence analysis, research and communication skills.
  • Lectures – as well as our annual Christmas Lecture for Schools and Colleges, we also have a number of other lecture events throughout the year to engage your students with the latest research and advancements in STEM fields.
  • Café Scientifique - Café Scientifique is an informal debating forum where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Learn more about Cafe Scientifique.

We also run a programme of activity for National Science and Engineering Week and other national schemes and are a regular host for the annual conference of the Association of Science Educators (ASE). You can access supporting materials from January's ASE conference, 2011 by visiting our resources page.

Finally, we are always happy to receive feedback from and develop new activities in consultation with schools/colleges teaching staff and education advisors. Please contact us with your requirements.

Reading Scholars (Biology and Chemistry)

The Reading Scholars programme started in September 2012. It comprises subject-specific input sessions, a bespoke IAG schedule of sessions, student shadowing, online e-mentoring with a University of Reading mentor, and a non-residential summer school. It is targeted at year 12 students who have performed highly at GCSE and are on course to achieve well at A-level or equivalent. The next cohort of students will start in October 2014.

Science will be offered in two strands of the programme, in the subject areas of Biology and Chemistry. The programme will run with targeted schools and colleges. If you would like more information, please contact us at

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