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The Physics Mentoring Project


  • CalendarFebruary, March, April, October, November, December
  • Clock outlineUp to 2 hours
  • Available in Welsh

Our mentors are students from Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Swansea universities and the University of South Wales to inspire future physicists.

All mentors have previously completed Physics A-level (or the international equivalent). Each mentor has completed over 20 hours of high-quality training which explores the mentoring theory, "The Science Capital Teaching Approach", the structure and aims of the project. Mentoring can take place either in-person or virtually.

For the mentoring to take place in-person the school must be situated within 45 minutes of a participating university. They will mentor up to two groups of 10 - 12 students from years 9 - 11 students who are unsure if they are going to take physics at A level. One session a week occurs for six weeks and ends with awards and recognition ceremony at the end of the academic year. This happens over two cycles per year - February to April and October to December.

The mentoring includes regular self-reflection, development of skills such as scientific reasoning, presentation, communication, team-working and activities to promote a variety of careers. The programme has been successful in increasing the likelihood of girls taking Physics A level and pursuing STEM careers. Please see our website for our evaluation reports for in-person and virtual mentoring. Teachers taking part will be invited to take part in continuous professional development (CPD) opportunities to increase their confidence in teaching physics and physics careers.

Find out more

For more information about the activity, please visit our website.


About the organiser

This activity is organised by Physics and Astronomy Department. Contact us at for more details.

How to book

If you wish to apply for the next cycle please email us.

Emailphysicsmentoring@cardiff.ac.uk


TicketThis activity is free

We come to you

We want to make it easy for you to work with us. Wherever possible we will bring this activity to your school or college.

Audience

  • TickKey stage three - ages 11-14, years 7-9
  • TickKey stage four - ages 14-16, years 10-11

Teacher supervision is required.


Curriculum themes

  • TickScience and technology
  • TickCareers and employability

Activity type

  • TickMentoring

Purpose

  • TickCareers and employability
  • TickExtracurricular or independent learning
  • TickProfessional development (CPD) for teachers
  • TickPromoting higher education
  • TickSupporting curriculum themes
  • TickWidening university participation

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Partners

  • Aberystwyth University
  • Bangor University
  • Central South Consortium (CSC)
  • Education Achievement Service (EAS)
  • Education Through Regional Working (ERW)
  • Gwasanaeth Effeithiolrwydd a Gwella Ysgolion Gogledd (GwE)
  • Swansea University
  • Welsh Government