Social Responsibility


Outstanding teaching innovation in social responsibility award

Dr Holly Shiels and Dr Rachel Webster, Faculty of Life Sciences

Manchester Museum Learning Through Objects

Learning Through Objects arose from a Learning-through-Research grant to provide learning through public engagement for Life Science students. Holly and Rachel developed an innovative teaching platform for students to provide resources and interact with Manchester Museum’s visitors.

Life Science students are introduced to the Museum’s vast natural history collection. Each student selects an object as a focus for independent research. The student links their research with ‘big picture’ questions such as climate change, sustainability or extinction and presents their object to a family audience. As well as contributing to the accessibility of the museum’s collection, the project has significantly enhanced students’ research skills.

Holly says: "This award is a lovely recognition of the success and importance of engaging young people’s interest in science and the world around them through the vast arrays of objects at the Manchester Museum”

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Outstanding teaching innovation in social responsibility

Outstanding teaching innovation in social responsibility

Dr Holly Shiels Faculty of Life Sciences Dr Rachel Webster

Manchester Museum Learning Through Objects

Learning Through Objects arose from a Learning-through-Research grant to provide learning through public engagement for Life Science students. Holly and Rachel developed an innovative teaching platform for students to provide resources and interact with Manchester Museum’s visitors.

Life Science students are introduced to the Museum’s vast natural history collection. Each student selects an object as a focus for independent research. The student links their research with ‘big picture’ questions such as climate change, sustainability or extinction and presents their object to a family audience. As well as contributing to the accessibility of the museum’s collection, the project has significantly enhanced students’ research skills.

Holly says: "This award is a lovely recognition of the success and importance of engaging young people’s interest in science and the world around them through the vast arrays of objects at the Manchester Museum”

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