Would you like the opportunity to develop an outreach activity and engage with a secondary school in Greater Manchester? Are you passionate about your subject area? Are you interested in bringing your research into the classroom? Then the School-University Partnerships Initiative (SUPI) might be for you!

This opportunity is open to early career researchers (PhDs, Research Staff and New Academics) with little or no experience of school outreach.

Thursday 21 November 2013, 9:30 – 16:45, Staff House, The University of Manchester

A one-day interactive cross-faculty workshop for researchers exploring the why, what and how of engaging with schools. You’ll get to meet researchers involved in school outreach, hear from secondary teachers who collaborate with researchers to deliver outreach activities, explore techniques for engaging young people, and generate activity ideas.

Following the workshop you will be able to apply for seed funding to further develop and take your activity into a school in early 2014.

The Dragon’s Den pitching session will be held on Wednesday 8 January 2014. If your idea is selected at the pitching session you will be matched up with a local secondary school.

And you will be supported along the way with drop-in surgeries, where you can talk through the development of your ideas with experienced engaging researchers.

More details and applications here.

What is the School-University Partnerships Initiative (SUPI)?

SUPI is a three-year RCUK-funded project to create structured and strategic mechanisms for HEIs to work in partnership with secondary schools and FE colleges. This partnership working will support researchers’ direct engagement with students and bring contemporary and inspirational research contexts into formal and informal learning to enhance and enrich the curriculum.