The University has invested in a new outreach van to transport staff, students and equipment to deliver hands-on activities at local schools and colleges and public engagement activities.

Staff and students can now use this van to transport their equipment to a range of off-site workshops.

Andrew Ross, Science Outreach Manager for Widening Participation, said: "I’ve been delivering outreach for a number of years and have always wanted to put on practical activities on location. The van allows us to run more activities in the local community so that students can be immersed in the subject areas of science and maths.

It means that schools and colleges who can’t bring a cohort up to campus, can now take advantage of this great opportunity for their students to take part in live demonstrations and experiments. We hope to reach, inspire and motivate a greater number of students."

Kit Yates, Lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, who has recently established a mathematical outreach group called the Mathletes said: "The van is a fantastic resource. For the Mathletes it has meant that we can take all the gear we would ordinarily use on campus to wow students with maths at their own schools. It is increasing the range of students we can reach and particularly it is allowing us to target the less well-off schools that can’t afford to bring significant numbers of students on to campus. It’s a game changer in terms of the way my group is able to deliver outreach."

If you have any specific events that you would like to deliver at a school, college or off-site, please get in touch with Andrew Ross Science Outreach Manager or Rachael Baker STEM (Science) Intern in the first instance.