Clarity of purpose: The SHARE with Schools project (SwS) brings together three overarching objectives in line with Welsh Government and Cardiff University’s strategic objectives: these are widening access to university, meaningful/participatory community engagement and the development of employability skills for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The project was established in January 2011 and has been developed and trialed by a highly capable team of paid SHARE postgraduate students.
Dr. Joanne Tippett launched Ketso as a social enterprise emanating from her research into community planning and ecological design at the University of Manchester. Ketso is a colourful, hands-on toolkit for creative engagement. This re-useable toolkit enables people with differing levels of confidence and ability to engage with each other and share ideas.
Dr. Tippett’s development of Ketso was driven by one clear aim: to enable all voices to be heard in a stimulating and creative dialogue.
This project brings to the desktop of any user real time views of the celestial sphere by means of an All-sky camera connected to an internet server. The camera and server are located at the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Jaén (Spain). They work in a continuous and autonomous way since 2010 without human assistance for most of the time. The dedicated web-page includes custom software that allows the user to also view: a computer-generated star map for direct comparison with real sky; videos of the previous 2h and 24h; mitigation of the severe effects of light pollution, etc. Among other uses, the system presented here has been specially well suited for: outreach activities in Astronomy; as a teaching tool addressed to broad audiences; as a way to increase the public awareness about light pollution and its environmental effects; as a contribution to professional meteor and fireball research.
There are around 7,000 (mostly deliberate) grassfires in Wales each year which endanger lives and property; impact local businesses, tourism and the countryside; and destroy wildlife and forestry resources. Such deliberate fires cost South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) around £7m annually.
Health and Culture
At the University of Manchester, The Manchester Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery has pioneered new methods of engaging with the public through their Health and Culture programme . The development of a partnership with Manchester Schools Hospital and Home Teaching Service, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and Central Manchester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust enabled the delivery of a series of collaborative activities and programmes that led to practical benefits for all involved.
Objectives and Goals
Every year in mid-February there is a national energy-saving campaign with initiatives highlighting ways of reducing waste and promoting clean energy. This is an account of what the University of Foggia did this year. The event was targeted at the widest possible audience. Using only light produced by riding a bicycle, there were readings from staff, students and members of the public. Excerpts from films, old and new, on environmental themes were shown. For 2013, the University Department that has saved the most electricity during 2012 will be awarded a prize. Various media were used to publicise the event which was promoted as an opportunity for reflection about energy saving. Data analysis was carried out by questionnaires, face-to-face interviews, and blogs. A Forum will be set up to further involve staff, students and the general public in designing future editions of the event. Media feedback has been uniformly positive.
The UK Schools Computer Animation Competition aims to excite school students aged 7-19 about Computer Science, and to encourage more of the brightest and best of the next generation to become not just users of computers, but creators of the future of Computer Science and Information Technology. The competition has run annually since 2008, and to date (March 2012) we have attracted over 3,000 competition entries from more than 5,000 school students from over 600 schools across the UK, representing an involvement by over 1,200 teachers.
In 1960 Theodore Maiman succeeded in the first experimental demonstration of the laser. Fifty years later it is difficult to figure out a scientific discipline that does not involve a laser or a day without any laser-based devices. The aim of this project was the development of an outreach book about lasers to increase the interest for science among students and the general public. Two thousand copies were distributed in universities, schools and libraries and now it is available to be freely downloaded.
Funded by Beacons for Wales, Ten young people aged between 13 and 18 from the Barnardo's Neath Port Talbot Partnership spent seven days and six nights in student halls in Swansea Metropolitan University on a residential drama week. They worked with a team of drama practitioners and technical students to produce their own piece of work based on the theme of 'Our Place in the Future'. The week began on Saturday 24th July 2010 and the performance took place on Friday July 30th.