Ogden Outreach Officers

Ogden Outreach Officers are based in university physics departments and part-funded by The Ogden Trust. The Trust works with the departments to develop their outreach strategy and practice, with the outreach officer co-ordinating and supporting the department's activities.

The outreach officers and departments must commit to working towards the following three themes:

  • Supporting teachers in their area to develop subject knowledge, offer access to facilities and share the latest research.
  • Working with undergraduate and postgraduate students to develop their skills and give them opportunities to work with young people.
  • Carrying out repeat interventions for students, particularly those in the Trust's priority audiences.

The outreach officers meet regularly throughout the year to share practice and improve their activities. These meetings are also open to those who have received funding in the past. This network of outreach officers is supported by regional consultants.

Schools wishing to find their nearest outreach officer and participate in the offered activities should visit the Ogden Trust map.

Applying for funding

Applications from universities requesting co-funding for a physics outreach officer (with a September 2019 start date) are currently being assessed.

All future applications should be made through our grant management system; information on how to use this system can be found below. Funding is for up to 50% of the outreach officer's salary, capped at £20,000. No operating budget is included and this must be provided by the university.

The closing date for applications (for a September 2019 start date) was Monday 17 December 2018. Following this initial application, successful applicants will have an interview arranged with the Chief Executive in January or February 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by April 2019 to enable them to recruit for September 2019.

Eligibility criteria

Due to the Trust's priorities, only England-based universities are eligible to apply. Departments interested in supporting and co-funding an outreach officer should, as a minimum, have an undergraduate physics course and a strong enthusiasm for outreach and widening participation work. Please read the full guidance before applying.

Using the grant management system (440.57 KB)
Guidance notes on applying for Outreach Officer funding (77.12 KB)
My Ogden role has enabled me to give outreach a higher profile within my department, and I am very proud to lead that change. I am increasing the university's interaction with schools and society, and making it a priority for the department. I love being in contact with cutting-edge research at the university; being able to transmit this knowledge and passion to children and their families through outreach is very rewarding. Dr Jean-Christophe Denis, Ogden Outreach Officer, University of Edinburgh
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