Science

We provide a range of on-site events focusing on science. These events are designed to give your students an insight into university life. We are also able to provide a range of taster workshops for your students. These sessions can take place at either the University or your school or college. For more details and to book on-site events or taster sessions, please see the information below.

1stfor student satisfaction with teaching and feedback in biosciences**Guardian University Guide 2020
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Date: 25 March 2020
Year group: Year 12/13
Location: Kedleston Road, Markeaton Street, One Friar Gate Square, Derby
Description: This event, based at our Derby Campus, will give your students the opportunity to experience the breadth of courses we have to offer. They will be able to talk to current students, speak with support services such as Admissions, and speak with academics about the courses available at Derby. Students will also receive a guided tour of our real world learning facilities and an optional tour of our Halls of Residence.

Book onto our Schools and Colleges Open Day

Date: 10-12 March 2019
Year group: Years 10-12
Location: Kedleston Road, Derby
Description: We will be offering an inspiring programme of events showcasing science and engineering, as part of British Science Week. Our STEMFest will give your students the opportunity to attend several masterclass sessions in subjects such as psychology, bioscience and geoscience. These sessions will highlight the breadth of pathways that your students can follow at university and will give them a real feel for university level study.

Find out more about STEMFest

Date: 25 March 2020
Year group: Year 12/13
Location: Kedleston Road, Derby
Description: Our Psychology academics will explore the dark and hidden history of psychological research, which is rarely focused on in conventional textbooks and journals. The session will explore some of the most controversial research studies conducted in psychology and discuss what this tells us about people and why ethics is so important. It will address topics such as the super soldier, the rise of the idiots and dream survival.

Book onto our Psychology Masterclass

Date: 30 June 2020
Year group: Year 12
Location: Kedleston Road, Derby
Description: Step into the ever-developing world of psychology with our annual conference that will inspire your students to take their next step towards a career in psychology. The conference draws on content from all exam boards through a variety of breakout sessions. Your students can explore topics in depth and discover how they would be taught at university level. Additionally, your students will have the chance to debate current issues and gain an insight into the profession from an industry expert. 

Book onto our Psychology Conference

Academic tasters

Date: Flexible
Year group: Years 9-13
Location: University of Derby/your school or college
Description: We can provide a range of taster workshops for your students, either at the University or at your school or college. Examples of the types of tasters we can offer include:

  • Secret in your Genes: This interactive session introduces years 9-13 to genetic disease screening, explaining to years 9-11 how DNA can tell scientists about the health of a person and for years 12-13 expanding on how scientists obtain that information. School students will be required to look at genetic sequences from a range of people and identify which ones have a mutation in their DNA, which may lead to them developing a disease.  Different types of DNA mutation and associated diseases will be introduced and discussed, as will the ethics surrounding genetic screening.
  • Enzymes Kinetics and Diagnostic Use: This laboratory session will introduce students to the concept of spectrophotometry and how this method is used to investigate enzyme function. Students will perform an enzyme kinteic reaction whereby they will investigate how increasing substrate concentration will affect the rate of enzyme reaction. An explanation of the experimental data will be provided at the end of the session, or students can take the spectrophotometer data back to school/college to analyse as part of their curriculum. 
  • Bacteria - Friend or Foe?: This laboratory-based session will introduce years 10-11 to some basic microbial techniques, show how we can identify different bacteria and discuss how bacteria impacts on people’s health. For years 12-13, school students will be able to handle some live bacteria and perform a range of microbial activities to identify different bacteria. The threat of anti-biotic resistance will also be discussed.
  • Pin the Disease: This classroom based session is a fun, interactive and informative workshop that discusses different diseases and how they can be treated. It involves imagery that may make them squirm but more importantly, it enables young people to see the effects of certain diseases on the body and gives them the opportunity to guess which disease affects what part of the body.

Get in touch: sclteam@derby.ac.uk  

Date: Flexible
Year group: Years 12-13
Location: University of Derby/your school or college
Description: We can provide a range of taster workshops for your students, either at the University or at your school or college. Examples of the types of tasters we can offer include:

  • Fossil Detectives: In this session we are going to bring out a number of fossils and work together to see if we can figure out what they are, how and where they lived, and what they ate. This will give us an intruiging glimpse back into the Earth's ancient history. 
  • Geographic Information Mapping System (GIS): In this session your students will use GIS software to interpret satellite imagery from a series of floods in the USA in 2008, to understand the ecological and geographical implications of the flood. Your students will be using software freely available for downloading, meaning they can use the data after this sessions and is an ideal introduction to using imagery that can inform research projects as part of their Level 3 course. 

Get in touch: sclteam@derby.ac.uk  

Date: Flexible
Year group: Years 12-13
Location: University of Derby/your school or college
Description: We can provide a range of taster workshops for your students, either at the University or at your school or college. Examples of the types of tasters we can offer include:

  • Schizophrenia: This session will build on your students' current knowledge around schizophrenia and will help them understand how to classify and recognise the symptoms of schizophrenia, the biological and psychological causes and also consider the treatments available. 
  • Gender and Psychology: In this session we will tackle the nature versus nurture debate in relation to gender by trying to understand whether we can truly live in a gender-neutral world. In discussing the key concepts around toy preference, gender identity and advertising, your students will be able to explore what influences our choices and whether we are lead to our choices or if it is all natural.
  • Parapsychology: This session focuses on psychology in relation to ghosts, mediums and spiritual beliefs. During the session your students would focus on the theories around parapsychology and will have the opportunities to debate the findings of these studies.
  • Social Influence and Ethics: This session will build on Milgrim’s obedience research, covering key studies and contemporary research not discussed in text books. Your students will have the opportunity to discuss the findings of this research and identify how this can be applied to their current studies.
  • Neuropsychology: This session will focus on understanding what is meant by the term neuropsychology. Your students will explore the main principles around neuropsychology and identify implications in relation to this strand of psychology.
  • Psychopathology: This session aims to address, understand and explore a respective disorder that will enrich your students’ knowledge and build on their current studies. Session topics can range from personality and identity disorders and disordered eating to topics such as anxiety and depression.
  • Psychological Research Methods: This session will cover both qualitative and quantitative research methods to aid your student’s development as researchers within psychology. Elements such as thematic analysis, descriptive and inferential statistics and the core principles of research will highlight examples of good research practice and how to nurture their skill set.

Get in touch: sclteam@derby.ac.uk