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Physics Mentoring


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  • Clock outlineMore than one day
  • Available in Welsh

The Physics Mentoring Project places trained undergraduate and postgraduate students in secondary schools across Wales, to mentor and inspire future physicists.

Our mentors are students from Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea universities and the University of South Wales. They have all previously completed Physics A levels (or the international equivalent).

Each mentor has completed a two-day training weekend which explores mentoring theory, the structure and aims of the project and how to use the mentoring kit.

These mentors have been paired with secondary schools local to their university. They will mentor four to six year 10 and 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 an awards and recognition ceremony at the end. 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 to take Physics A level and pursue STEM careers.

Teachers taking part will also be invited to participate in continuing 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 School of Physics and Astronomy. Contact Rosie Mellors at physicsmentoring@cardiff.ac.uk or +44 (0)2920876710 for more details.

How to book

Interested schools should email the National Coordinator, Rosie Mellors, for availability and more information.

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

  • TickTeachers
  • TickKey stage four - ages 14-16, years 10-11

Teacher supervision is required.


Curriculum themes

  • TickScience and technology
  • TickCareers and employability

Activity type

  • TickMentoring
  • TickSupport from University student volunteers

Purpose

  • TickCareers and employability
  • TickExtracurricular or independent learning
  • TickProfessional development (CPD) for teachers
  • TickPromoting higher education
  • 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)
  • First Campus
  • Gwasanaeth Effeithiolrwydd a Gwella Ysgolion Gogledd (GwE)
  • Swansea University
  • Welsh Government