Reaching out

11 November 2019

Since 2007, the Ogden Trust has worked with UK universities to support and encourage physics outreach, building science capital in communities and schools. Over the past twelve years, the Trust has worked with many of the English-based universities who offer an accredited undergraduate physics degree course (and some universities in Scotland and Wales).

Applications for co-funding an outreach officer (September 2020 start date) are now open.

The current Outreach Officer programme provides funding for 18 university outreach posts (with another two universities currently in the process of appointing). The outreach officers meet regularly throughout the year to share practice and ideas; they are supported by Ogden regional consultants and the network still includes those who have received Ogden funding in the past.

In recent years, the work of the outreach officers has reached in the region of 100,000 people annually* with family events, school events and CPD for teachers. Laura Meade, (University of Sheffield), Emma Osborne (University of Bath) and Paul Branch (Newcastle University) are the latest to join the Ogden network and we look forward to welcoming them to our next Outreach Officer meeting.

“As a new Ogden Outreach Officer, I'm really excited to have joined such an inspiring community of outreach professionals with lots of experience to share,” says Laura. “I'm looking forward to raising the profile of outreach in my department by establishing new links with our local schools and communities, setting up new programmes to work with primary schools and sustained activities with secondary schools to show how important physics is to all of our lives.”

“The Ogden Outreach Officers programme provides 50 percent funding for a professional role in a physics department focused on outreach,” explains programme officer Dr Amnah Khan. “The role should support staff and students to develop their outreach skills and give them opportunities to work with young people and communities in a meaningful way. The outreach work should support teachers to develop subject knowledge, offer access to facilities and share latest research,” continues Amnah. “We also support the department to develop a strategic approach to outreach with a view that the role will be embedded and permanent by the end of the three-year funding period."

You can find more information on the Outreach Officers programme and how to apply here.

*Sept-Aug 2018 914 events organised reaching 100,268

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