Subject Specific Activities

Biology

Virtual Presentations

In response to recent school and college closures we will be offering the following online activity. If you are interested in any of the below sessions please contact us on educationliaison@edgehill.ac.uk or contact your relevant Education Liaison Offer.

Introduction to Biosciences 

This session covers post-16 options, the variety of Biosciences courses at Edge Hill and possible career paths these degrees could lead to. It will also include some information about the department and research at Edge Hill University, including possible research areas that students could get involved in.

Epidemiology Lecture

This session will mimic a mini lecture that students may experience at university. There will be insight into disease outbreaks ranging from Cholera in London 1854, Haiti 2010 and Coronavirus 2020. It is designed to give students a taste of studying at undergraduate level and give them an opportunity to ask any questions about Edge Hill University and the courses on offer.

Workshops

(Gatsby Benchmark 7)

Delivered as part of a campus visit, or alternatively in your school or college, the following workshops delivered by the department can act as a study and recap session or as a teaching session.

* These sessions can be held both on and off campus.

*Biological Molecules: Basic concepts, conceptual understanding, and modeling of selected biomolecules (e.g. aminoacids, proteins, and enzymes).

Methods of studying cells: In this practical session we will learn to calibrate an optical microscope in order to measure the size of different cells. We will also look at the cells within whole organisms under the scanning electron microscope.

*Plant exchange and transport: No heart beat, no blood, yet plants have evolved a gas exchange and transport system that enables them to become the longest lived organisms on the planet. Learn how they do this in a practical manner.

*Evolution and population change: Darwin didn’t know it all! A practical and/or theoretical session on how organisms respond to natural selection and how this leads to speciation and diversification.

*The human body: The human body is the most heavily studied system on the planet. Learn about it’s complexity, from fundamentals to uptodate research.

Ecological Field Methods: Exploring practical technique to answer questions in community and population ecology, including a short field trip to a local woodland.

Taxonomy and Biodiversity of Microorganisms: A general introduction to microbial biodiversity, characterization and classification with lab-based insights into microbial morphology, physiology, and metabolism.

*Recombinant DNA technology and Gene Expression: Through a taught session you will learn how recombinant DNA technology and gene expression can lead to increased production of clinically relevant compounds such as antibiotics.

PCR and Gel Electrophoresis: This practical session will teach students how to perform PCR and gel electrophoresis using university equipment. They will learn about the history and applications of PCR and gel electrophoresis before interpreting their results.

All on campus workshops will come with lunch provided as well as a campus tour. They provide an excellent opportunity for your students to visit a campus university like Edge Hill and see the excellent facilities it has too.

To book a workshop contact your relevant Education Liaison Officer or email educationliaison@edgehill.ac.uk

Business

In response to recent school and college closures we will be offering the following online activity. If you are interested in the below session please visit the webpage here. If you are a teacher who would like to organise a session for your students, please contact us on educationliaison@edgehill.ac.uk or contact your relevant Regional Officer.

Choosing a Business Degree

(Gatsby Benchmark 7)

This workshop is suitable for Year 12 students considering their higher education options. The workshop covers the difference in our Business degrees, with particular focus on the skills that are needed for the Business world.

Classroom-Based Activities & Workshops

(Gatsby Benchmark 7)

The Conference: Escape Room 

This dynamic and fast-paced escape room session allows students to explore issues that they may potentially face in a business-based career, whilst gaining and developing skills that are critical for study in Higher Education.

The Lions’ Lair Workshop

This workshop is inspired by one of Britain’s best loved TV Business shows, in which students have the opportunity to create, plan and pitch a product or service to their peers. By developing students’ presentation skills and building their confidence, this session prepares them for both Higher Education and the working world.

Curriculum Workshops

Our Curriculum Workshops are hour-long sessions delivered by a member of our academic staff, who aim to aid students in their understanding of a variety of business related topics. Below are the Curriculum Workshop topics that we currently deliver.

Marketing the Product

Consider Questions such as:

  • What are the customers’ needs?
  • Who are the market?
  • What is our marketing mix and position?
  • How will we advertise and sell?
  • Will we use social media and online sales channels?

Managing the Business

Consider Concepts such as:

  • Raising finance
  • Financial planning
  • Managing finance
  • Resource management
  • External influences
  • Cost management

Making Decisions and Winning

Learn how to make the most of:

  • Business objectives and strategy
  • Business growth
  • Decision-making techniques
  • The psychology of decisions
  • Assessing competitiveness
  • Disruption of decisions

Global Issues

This session considers:

  • Globalisation
  • Global markets and business
  • Expansion
  • Global marketing
  • Global industries and companies
  • The digital economy
  • Supply chain

If you would like to book a session then please contact the relevant Subject Specific Assistant.

Computer Science

Workshops

(Gatsby Benchmark 7)

Our menu of workshops can be delivered as part of a campus visit, or alternatively in your school or college. These workshops are aimed at students who are considering studying a Computer Science degree at university.

Ethical Hacking

Would you like to become a security professional or a white hat hacker?

Skilled criminal hackers can cause serious problems for businesses, organizations, and individuals that use the internet. As a result, large organizations such as Google and Apple are building their own hacking programs that employ ethical hackers to find vulnerabilities in their software applications. This gives them the chance to fix the problem before a real hack occurs. In this session, students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of ethical hacking with hands on experience on interesting hacking methods and approaches at the Department of Computer Science at Edge Hill University.

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)

As Pokemon Go taught us, there’s a lot of fun to be had from augmented reality (AR) games, but how do you make them, are they easier to develop than virtual reality games (VR), or traditional games? If you want to be an indie developer or work with the biggest names in the industry, the future of games development is in VR and AR, a global market which is expected to hit $180.1 billion in revenues by 20/21. In this session students will learn how they can be part of the fastest growing scene in games development, included virtual reality, augmented reality, e-sports and others. The session will look into the design and development of video games and they will begin the fascinating process of learning games programming through practical industry standard environments. See what VR can do, and step into the world of tomorrow!

Robotics (on campus activity)

Have you ever wondered how Artificial Intelligence can now enable robots to perform simple (e.g., walking) or complex (e.g., driving) human activities? Would you like to learn how to use a software platform to interact with state-of-the-art humanoid robots?

Recent developments in Artificial Intelligence have powered robotic systems, such as self-driving cars, unmanned aircrafts, smart home devices and smart personal assistants, to efficiently perform a wide range of complex human tasks. This session will introduce students to fundamental Artificial Intelligence technologies in which Machine Learning (ML) is a vital component. ML aims to leverage large-scale data sources to extract knowledge required  for the automation of different tasks. During a hands-on practical session, students will use the Choregraphe software platform to interact with humanoid robots and will then use this software to write various behaviour and activity programmes for the humanoid to carry out.

Artificial Intelligence (in school activity)

Have you ever wondered how computers can now understand the content of images (e.g., identifying people or objects in images), make sense of written or spoken language, make personalised recommendations or seamlessly translate text between different languages? Would you like to learn how computers can be programmed using Artificial Intelligence to automatically interpret different inputs (e.g., image, video, audio, text)?

Over the past decade, there has been an exponential increase in the availability of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies. State-of-the-art AI methods are now being increasingly used to a) power intelligent robotic systems, such as self-driving cars, unmanned aircrafts, smart home devices, smart personal assistants, and b) to automate a wide range of different tasks (e.g., object recognition, spam detection, automatic recommendation). This session will introduce students to fundamental Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning algorithms for processing and analysing large-scale data sources (e.g. text, images, videos, etc.). Students will be taught about various common ML algorithms and how to integrate these within real-word practical applications. During a hands-on programming challenge, students will then work in teams to develop a Credit Card Fraud Detection algorithm.

Web Gaming

If you have ever wondered how games are developed for the web and why these games are so popular? This all starts with good web design. Ever wanted to be able to build your own game? The session will introduce students to web design by creating a web-based game using HTML, CSS and javascript.  The session will also cover assets and file management for optimal user experience.

For more information or to book please contact your Education Liaison Officer by replying to this email or contact educationliaison@edgehill.ac.uk.

English & Creative Writing

Virtual Presentations

In response to recent school and college closures we will be offering the following online activity. If you are interested in any of the below sessions please contact us on educationliaison@edgehill.ac.uk or contact your relevant Education Liaison Offer.

Routes into English and Creative Writing

This session covers the variety of career opportunities available to students studying English or Creative Writing and how best to prepare for the career of their choice. This session includes practical advice for making the most of your degree and preparing for graduation, the session also looks at alumni profiles showing how they transitioned from their undergraduate studies into work or further study.

Studying the Humanities

This session covers the different Humanities courses available for students to study at University and provides students with practical advice and tips for how to continue actively studying and engaging with these subjects whilst studying from home, so that they are prepared for their transition into Higher Education.

Academic Workshops

(Gatsby Benchmark 7)

We offer a number of interactive, English workshops that provide a taster of what its like to study at degree level. These sessions can take place on or off campus and we are happy to take specific requests. All of. these sessions align with Gatsby Benchmark 7. We can offer a range of subject specific workshops in the following areas:

English Literature

Political and Social Protest Writing in the Romantic Period: This session will introduce you to the historical and political background of some major Romantic period texts, exploring how authors such as Austen, Blake, and Coleridge responded to revolutionary unrest at home and abroad in their writing. The session will engage you in close reading, critical and historical analysis, and support the development of the written and oral presentation of your work.

Susan Hill and the Supernatural: This session engages with the supernatural fictions of Susan Hill, creator of The Woman in Black and many other ghost stories.  It compares this original ghost novella (1983) with Stephen Mallatratt’s play adaptation of the same name, and considers the extent to which the reputation of pop culture’s most infamous ‘maternal murderer’ should be rescued.

Contemporary Crime Fiction: This session focuses on narrative strategies in contemporary crime fiction. The far-reaching consequences of crime are foregrounded in texts by authors like Ian McEwan and Kate Atkinson who use postmodern experiment to explore issues of class and gender that disrupt the social order at particular points in history.

Literary Value and the Canon: This session will provide you with a basic introduction to ideas of literary value and the canon: what the ‘canon’ is, who decides what belongs there, and the consequences of these choices. The session will focus on poetry and will examine both canonical and non-canonical texts.

English Language

Child Language Acquisition: This is a student-centred, practical workshop looking at children’s early lexical production and comprehension. In this session you will investigate the sorts of words children acquire first before looking at how the pronunciation and comprehension of early words differ from their adult equivalents.

Language Change: This session will provide you with a basic introduction to studying Language Change, which involves the investigation of developments in grammatical and discourse usage in language, both in the past and more recently. The session will focus on digital communication, raising awareness of the form that language and communication take within contemporary communication via social media.

Language Diversity: This session focuses on eye dialect, first described as ‘misspellings of words…[that] in the literary dialect…[provide] obvious hints that the general tone of the speech is…different from…conventional speech’ (Krapp, 1926). We will analyse extracts from different genres to explore the effects of eye dialect, and how – although its use is controversial – it can capture aspects of a character’s social identity and status.

Textual variations and representations:  This session will provide you with an introduction to code-switching, with extracts coming from different stylistic registers and varieties of English, as well as bilingual code-switching examples. It will consider how to analyse code-switching/code-mixing and how speakers use language to communicate and to construct their different personal and cultural identities.

Some newer Englishes: Pidgins and creoles: A number of languages have developed over the past few hundred years which use English as the main source of their vocabulary, but which have structural and sound systems which can be quite different. These are pidgins (which do not have first-language speakers) and creoles (which do). We’ll look at material from some of these languages, from all over the world, and see occasions when they are similar to English and when they are very different.

Critical Discourse Analysis: How do print and online media try to influence your views? How can you tell if a news article offers balanced reporting? How does clickbait work? This workshop will provide hands-on practice on the techniques we can use to critically examine the content and presentation of texts in order to uncover implicit attitudes.

These workshops are free of charge and are suitable for students in Year 12 and Year 13.

If you are interested in any event please contact your relevant Education Liaison Officer or email educationliaison@edgehill.ac.uk

English Masterclass: Select Your Text

(Gatsby Benchmark 7)

‘Select your Text’ is an opportunity for us to host a mini-lecture and workshop on a text of your choice!

The sessions will offer your students a chance to develop their understanding, study the text from new angles and hear an academic’s perception on the text.

The day will also provide students with a taste of a traditional Edge Hill University first year lecture.

If you are interested in any event please contact your relevant Education Liaison Officer or email educationliaison@edgehill.ac.uk

Creative Writing

(Gatsby Benchmark 7)

We offer a number of interactive Creative Writing workshops that provide a taster of what it’s like to study at degree level. We are happy to take specific requests or we can offer a range of subject specific workshops in the following areas:

  •  Short Story Writing
  •  Script Writing
  • Screen Writing
  • Writing Comedy
  • Writing Fiction
  • Writing Narrative Games

If you are interested in any event please contact your relevant Education Liaison Officer or email educationliaison@edgehill.ac.uk

EPQ

Workshops

(Gatsby Benchmark 7)

With a larger number of students now deciding to take up an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) as part of their studies, we have four workshops available to assist your students throughout their project timeline.

Getting started

This session will enable students to explore topics for their research; thinking about what interests them, what would be useful to research and which topics are realistic and achievable. We will then look at developing a research question, ensuring it is specific enough to guide the research, allow students to address a topic rather than talking around an area.

Completing Primary Research

Students will learn the difference between Primary and Secondary research methods. We  explore the positives and negatives of a variety of research methods and best practise in research. Students will then get an opportunity to consider which research methods will be suitable for their EPQ and how to construct a research plan.

Effective Note-taking

In this session students will explore the purpose of note taking, and how it can support them in their learning and revision. We look at four common techniques for note taking, with students having the opportunity to put one of these into practise whilst listening to a lecture. As a group we will then identify the pros and cons to each method and look at when it would be most useful to use each method.

Using Reliable Sources in your Research

This session will identify sources of information for students to use in their research. We look at the various issues surrounding different sources and equip students with the tools to be critical of sources when completing their research.

These sessions can be delivered in your sixth form or college or as part of an on campus visit with time included for research in our Catalyst Building.

To book one of these workshops please contact your Education Liaison Officer or email educationliaison@edgehill.ac.uk

Geography and Geology

Virtual Presentations

In response to recent school and college closures we will be offering the following online activity. If you are interested in any of the below sessions please contact us on educationliaison@edgehill.ac.uk or contact your relevant Education Liaison Offer.

Introduction to Georgaphy and Geology 

This session covers post-16 options, the variety of Geography and Geology courses at Edge Hill and possible career paths these degrees could lead to. It will also include some information about the department and research at Edge Hill University, including possible research areas that students could get involved in.

Workshops

(Gatsby Benchmark 7)

Lectures (on-site & off-site):

Floods in the past: what can we learn about them and why should we? This lecture introduces the subject of palaeofloods, that is, river floods whose occurrence and characteristics are identified using evidence in the landscape. The types of evidence used, such as sediments and landforms, will be presented along with a discussion of how the ages of past flood events can be measured and the severity of floods can be assessed in a variety of environments. The lessons that can be learned from palaeoflood records will also be examined.

Human impacts on coastal dunes: In this session we will look at the interactions between people and coasts. The complex nature of the beach/dune environment as part of a larger spatial and temporal scale system is incredibly important when attempting to understand these interactions. We will look at defining human impacts in these systems and some specific examples/case studies.

Mount Mazama: Monster of the past: Volcanic activity can impact on aquatic and terrestrial environments at various spatial and temporal scales. We know a lot about the proximal impacts but not very much about impacts further away. Volcanic ash (tephra) can be dispersed hundreds of km’s away from the volcano, but the impacts of distal tephra deposition are poorly understood. Through the case study of Mount Mazama (Oregon) that erupted 7,600 years ago we will gain a deeper understanding of the distal terrestrial and aquatic environmental impacts of volcanic eruptions.

Super Eruptions and Super Volcanoes: This lecture will introduce basic principles of volcanology and will describe different types of volcanic eruptions in the context of magnitude and associated hazard. The lecture will present key examples of different types of eruptions with images and videos, and will introduce the concept of a super volcano and its implication in mass extinctions.

The British Isles on Fire! Past & present perspectives: The lecture will look at ‘wildfires’ in the British Isles over the past 11,000 years. We will explore the role of fire in shaping the landscapes we see today and how causes of these ‘wildfires’ are difficult to unravel. The recent ‘wildfires’ in the British Isles have been concerning and we will use our knowledge of past fires to inform our understanding of those recently experienced and predictions for the future.

Activities:

Activities marked with asterisks (*) can be delivered both on & off campus.

*Pollen – not just something to make you sneeze! Pollen grains are the produced by flowering plants as part plant reproduction. However, these microscopic particles can be incredibly important for scientists who wish to reconstruct past environments and climatic changes. Plant species have specific tolerances to a range of environmental conditions, thus acting as indicators of past conditions. In this session we will use microscopes to look at how we can tell the difference between an Oak tree and a Grass pollen grain, as well as understanding how our reconstructions can be applied.

The characteristics of beach/fluvial sediment: This practical session introduces pupils to sediment particle size analysis, using the sieving technique, and to processing and interpreting the resulting data. It also enables students to take a close look at the characteristics of beach sands. During the practical participants will pass sediment samples through a stack of sieves of different mesh sizes and weigh each fraction to obtain the grain size distribution of the sample. Interpretation of the results will focus on the shape of the distribution and involve consideration of possible sources of error in the analysis.

The petrographic microscope and its uses in Geology: The activity will introduce the petrographic microscope and the fundamentals of optical mineralogy in a 30 minutes theoretical presentation. Then, we will have an hour’s hands on activity looking at different thin sections from different types of rocks and geological environments. (The activity has a maximum capacity of 15 students).

*Producing maps for your project using Digimap for Schools or DEFRA Magic Map: This practical session introduces pupils to the capabilities of Digimap or DEFRA Magic Map for Schools and the functions that will enable them to produce high-quality maps for their independent research project. The session begins with an overview of the different map scales available to them in Digimap for Schools or DEFRA Magic Map. The first map that participants produce is a location map, showing the position of the site(s) at which they have collected or will collect data for their project, as points, in either a national or regional context. The session continues with a focus on detailed maps of individual sites, introducing the skills needed to draw lines, areas and buffers around point or line features. The use of historical maps and aerial photography available in Digimap for Schools are also covered and the session ends with participants producing a legend for a choropleth map. (If off site: this session would require a computer for each pupil with internet access in order to work with Digimap for Schools or DEFRA MagicMap).

*River bank erosion and channel change: In this session, participants will be introduced to ideas relating to rates of river bank erosion and the nature of river channel changes over time. For selected river reaches, a sequence of maps and aerial photographs of different dates will be provided. Participants will trace the river channel from each of these sources, enabling them to compare the position of the channel banks on different occasions and follow how channel planform has altered over the time period between each pair of maps and / or aerial photographs. Participants will measure distances between successive channel bank positions and calculate rates of erosion. They will also learn the technical terms to describe the nature of river channel planform changes over time.

*The wonderful world of Diatoms! Diatoms are microscopic, photosynthetic, siliceous algae that very few people have heard of. However, diatoms are essential to life as they produce 25% of the oxygen we breathe and are important food source for plankton. Diatoms are also useful for environmental reconstruction as different species have particular preferences in where they live, and so are excellent environmental indicators both in the past and present day. In this activity, you will learn more about these wonderful (and beautiful) organisms and get hands-on by using the microscopes to identify them.

All on campus workshops will come with lunch provided as well as a campus tour. They provide an excellent opportunity for your students to visit a campus university like Edge Hill and see the excellent facilities it has too.

To book a workshop contact your Education Liaison Officer or email educationliaison@edgehill.ac.uk

Healthcare

Routes into Healthcare

(Gatsby Benchmarks 4 & 7)

This session covers the variety of opportunities available to students interested in professional health accredited courses such as Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Operating Department Practice and Paramedic Practice and how to best prepare for these types of degrees. It also includes how these degrees are taught, work experience ideas, entry requirements, interview process as well as future career opportunities. This session can also include an additional interactive activity such as health based personal statements.

If you would like to book this session then please contact the relevant regional Education Liaison Officer.

Workshops

(Gatsby Benchmark 7)

Our menu of workshops can be delivered as part of a campus visit, or alternatively in your school or college. These workshops are aimed at students who are considering studying a degree related to Health.

Health and Social Wellbeing

‘I won’t rest until we speak as freely about mental health as we do about having a cold’: Working-class Men, Emotions and Help-seeking 

Working-class men are typified as uncomfortable with emotions that signal vulnerability and as having a macho coping ethic that deters them from seeking medical or other help.  Whilst men can be macho, this session challenges with the aid of research data, stereotypes that men are emotionally inept and careless about their health and wellbeing.

Prudish and Past it? The value of sex and intimacy in later life:

Using research data, this session will demolish the myth that older people over 50 have no interest in sex/intimacy and that this is a taboo subject among the oldest in society. It will show a variety of attitudes from a diverse, older generation as well as exploring how sex and intimacy can contribute to older people’s overall health and wellbeing.       

Child Health and Wellbeing

A recipe for a perfect childhood?

What is needed for a perfect childhood? What would a perfect parent look like and how might services and practitioners who work with children and their families support a perfect childhood? Pupils will consider these challenging questions and whether a perfect childhood is in itself damaging for building resilient adults. They will create a job description for a perfect parent and consider the factors that may spoil this “perfect” recipe.

What might a Gender Free Childhood mean for children’s health and wellbeing?

The main aim of this session is to get pupils debating about gender-neutral childhoods and what this will mean for society in the future. They will explore key issues such as identity, privacy, sports, clothing and how a gender free childhood might, both positively and negatively, impact on a child’s health and wellbeing. 

Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing

The ‘S’ Factor

Social media can be a powerful tool for young people to have a voice, connect with others and explore their world but while there are real benefits, it can be argued that social media has transformed the way we interact and can have an impact on our mental health and sense of wellbeing.  The main aim of this session is to get young people debating the value of social media and its influences on mental health and wellbeing.

Health and Social Care Leadership and Management

Who Gets the Kidney?

Getting an organ in the NHS has been compared to winning the Lottery, with six thousand and eighty-two people currently waiting for a transplant in the UK only 60% of those waiting will undergo this life saving operation. This practical session will introduce students to some of the ways in which health care leaders make life saving decisions. They will work in small groups (Medical Decision Boards), addressing a very common dilemma; one kidney and four patients in complete renal failure, all in need of a kidney transplant. The overall aim of this session is to develop students’ awareness of ethical leadership and informed decision-making across health and social care services.

Rule Breaker, Change Maker

The overall aim of this session is to engage students in debate and practical activities about young leaders; exploring how rule breaking attitudes can lead to ground-breaking revolutions! We will help students identify their own leadership potential through self-reflection, considering questions such as: Whose responsible for bringing about positive change? Whose future is it anyway? Can rule breakers achieve constructive change?

To book a workshop contact your Education Liaison Officer or email educationliaison@edgehill.ac.uk

History

Virtual Presentations

In response to recent school and college closures we will be offering the following online activity. If you are interested in any of the below sessions please contact us on educationliaison@edgehill.ac.uk or contact your relevant Education Liaison Offer.

Routes into History

This session has been designed to support History students to select the right degree for them, this will cover module choice, assessment methods and careers information; to support students in their decision making. This workshop covers the variety of career opportunities available to students studying History and how to best prepare for the career of their choice.

History Workshops (Gatsby Benchmark 7)

We offer a number of interactive History workshops that provide a taster of what it’s like to study History at degree level. We are also happy to take specific requests. These sessions can take place on or off campus with academics and/or current students. We can offer a range of subject specific workshops in the following areas:

USA: Rise to Globalism

In this session we will look at how the United States emerged from the Second World War as the preeminent military, economic and political power in the world. From 1945 to the present day the superpower USA has been the defining force in international history. This session will outline the first period of the superpower era which became known as the Cold War. Through its rivalry with the Soviet Union, the Cold War lasted until 1991 and invaded every field of human endeavour in the latter half of the twentieth century, dominating not only military decisions but also economic, political and cultural activities. No assessment, however general, of the development of the post-war world can be complete without addressing at a basic level the role of United States foreign policy during the Cold War.

Building a new Britain 1951-1979

This session explores the period of affluence and decline in the UK in the 50s, 60s and 70s. It can be tailored to your students’ needs by period or theme. It includes a general overview of affluence, consensus and its end by examining both politics and society. It includes interactive components such as a toolkit on measuring the success of prime ministers, some historiography, and some analysis of primary historical documents. It enables students to think about links between class and politics and social and cultural change and develop their own historical interpretation.

The Special Relationship: Britain and America

In this session we will look at the Anglo-American relationship which was, and still is, perhaps the most important relationship between nation-states of the twentieth century. In the last hundred years, the relationship has evolved in all areas of political, economic and military activity between states, and at differing times has dominated the path of diplomacy between these two first-world powers. The ‘special’ relationship has often been intimately involved in the key moments that have shaped the course of modern history, such as the First and Second World Wars, the Cold War and, more recently, the affairs of the Middle East and the ‘war on terror’. This session will outline the main contours of their cooperation, collusion and at times mutual conflict on the international stage.

African-American Civil Rights

This session traces the rise of the modern black civil rights movement in the US from the end of the Second World War to the election of America’s first black president, Barack Obama. The session will recount the significant legal, political, and cultural changes that took place in race relations which led to the heroic activism of people like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. It will describe how the surge in protest which peaked with the March on Washington in 1963 became replaced by more radical chants for Black Power into the 1970s. The election of Obama and the re-emergence of a black rights movement will also be discussed.

The Second World War and Social Reform

This session will explore the relationship between domestic developments in Britain during the Second World War and the growth of a social reform agenda. It will consider how wartime policies like the Evacuation scheme and the Rationing system contributed to the demand for a dramatic widening of government financed social welfare measures. The will consider the relationship between the government attitudes to social security – for example, as embodied in the Beveridge Report – and the need to maintain national morale. It will also examine the nature of domestic political debate. Finally it will survey the historical debates that have grown up around this topic.

Social Change in the 1920s

This session will examine the changes and challenges Britain experienced during the 1920s. It will then use motor-car crime as a lens to consider particular social anxieties such as the impact of technology, new social mobilities and greater freedom for women.

If you would like to book a session then please contact the relevant regional Education Liaison Officer.

Law, Criminology & Policing

In response to recent school and college closures we will be offering the following online activity. If you are interested in the below session please visit the webpage here. If you are a teacher who would like to organise a session for your students, please contact us on educationliaison@edgehill.ac.uk or contact your relevant Regional Officer.

 

Choosing a Law, Criminology or Policing Degree

(Gatsby Benchmarks 4 & 7)

This workshop is suitable for Year 12 students considering their higher education options. The workshop covers the different Law, Criminology and Policing degrees on offer to students. The workshop also incorporates the opportunities available whilst studying, for example, mooting competitions, law clinics and a wide range of research seminars. The skills needed to study a degree of Law, Criminology or Policing will also be covered throughout this interactive workshop.

Workshops

Introduction to Law Careers (Gatsby Benchmarks 4 & 7)
This session aims to help students understand the different careers available within the Law sector and aid their understanding of the differences between each role. This session is tailored toward Year 12 & 13 students who aspire to enter a career associated with The Law.

Introduction to the New Policing Reforms (Gatsby Benchmarks 4 & 7)
This session allows student to explore the recent reforms within Policing which affect the forces’ new recruits. Along with an insight into studying Policing at University, this session gives both Y12 & 13 students an opportunity to explore whether a policing degree is right for them.

Curriculum Workshops (Gatsby Benchmark 7)
We also offer Curriculum Workshops delivered by our academic staff. These sessions typically last an hour and aim to aid students in their understanding of certain topic areas within Law, Criminology and Policing . Below are the Curriculum Workshop topics that we currently deliver.

Law

  • Celebrities & the Law
  • Contract Law
  • Family Law
  • Introduction to Mooting
  • Law of Negligence
  • Who pays for the wrongs of an employee?

Criminology

  • Disasters, Crime & Justice
  • Mass Homicide: State & Corporate Killing
  • What is Criminology?: Expanding the Criminological Imagination
  • Why Punish?

Policing

  • What are the Police for?
  • Stop and Search
  • Substance Abuse and Misuse

If you would like to book a session then please contact the relevant regional Education Liaison Officer.

Media Studies

 

Media Taster Sessions (Gatsby Benchmark 7)
We offer a number of interactive Media workshops that provide a taster of what it’s like to study Media at degree level. We are also happy to take specific requests. These sessions can take place on campus with academics. We can offer a range of subject specific workshops in the following areas:

  • Photography
  • Media Franchises (Marvel etc.)
  • International Film
  • TV Drama
  • Cult TV
  • Football and Sport Fandom
  • Social Media
  • Television Production
  • Working in TV
  • Gender and Sexuality in Film and TV

These workshops are suitable for both Year 12 & 13 students. 

Choosing a Media Studies Degree

Workshops

Animation Masterclass (Gatsby Benchmark 7)
Invite one of our Animation academics into your school or college to give you an hour’s workshop using Dragonframe.

Dragonframe is a stop motion animation software which has been used to make several full-length motion picture films, including Coraline, Scream Street, and ParaNorman, as well as the stop motion television shows Shaun the Sheep and The Clangers.

This workshop will give students an insight into how easy and accessible it is to get into making animations.

Our tutors will bring everything with them on the day; all your students need to bring with them is their imagination!

Alternatively, if you would like to try 2D animation with Toonboom or CGI animation with Maya, you could book an onsite bespoke visit and take the opportunity to tour our facilities as well as spending time with our academics in the animation studio.

Sessions can last between 45 minutes – 1 hour. This opportunity is available for schools and colleges in the North West, subject to availability.

Media Roadshow (Gatsby Benchmark 7)
This event is for students who know that they want to further their study within Media theory but are unsure what route they would like to take. Delivered by our lecturers, these sessions aim to let students know about the different Media courses EHU have to offer.

Routes Into Media (Gatsby Benchmarks 4 & 7)
This workshop covers the variety of career opportunities available to Media students and how to best prepare for the career of their choice. This session includes practical advice for making the most of your degree and preparing for graduation, the session also looks at alumni profiles showing how they transitioned from their undergraduate studies into work or further study.

‘Alternative Roles in the TV Industries’ Workshop (Gatsby Benchmarks 7)          Do you have what it takes to get into the TV industry? In this workshop we look at different skill sets that are required to get into the TV industry. There are clearly the frontline creative and technical jobs such as writer, director, camera operator or sound person, but someone must hire these people and make sure they show up on time. So, let’s see what type of person you are- the person that can think creatively and organise a complex shoot? Or the one who operates the camera? In groups you will pitch a children’s programme idea to us, including considerations about (voice) actors, writers and what company might be the best producer for it.

If you would like to book a session, or would like to arrange a bespoke campus based session then please contact the relevant regional Education Liaison Officer.

Medicine

Applying to Medicine

(Gatsby Benchmarks 4 & 7)

This session gives an insight into applying for Medicine courses along with showing the range of alternative courses on offer linked to Healthcare and Medical practice. Information on how these degrees are taught, work experience ideas, entry requirements, the application process, admissions tests and future career opportunities are all included.

If you would like to book this session then please contact the relevant regional Education Liaison Officer.

Performing Arts

Choosing a Performing Arts Degree

(Gatsby Benchmarks 4 & 7)

This workshop has been designed to help students that are considering studying a degree in the Performing Arts to find the course that suits them best. The workshop looks at the 4 current courses within the Performing Arts department and explores what makes each course unique, the careers our graduates go on to and information about the interview and audition process.

Workshops

Music Production Workshop (Gatsby Benchmark 7) (on campus activity)

This interactive Music workshop will provide a taster of what it’s like to study Music Production at degree level. Students will get to produce their own content in our industry standard studios, and converse with current students and tutors about studying Music at Edge Hill.

Drama Workshop (Gatsby Benchmark 7)

Ran by our Drama Student Ambassadors, this practical workshop encourages students to use their teamwork skills to work together to create scenarios and engage in activities used in our Drama degree.

Dance Workshop (Gatsby Benchmark 7)

Ran by two of our Dance Student Ambassadors, this is an hour long workshop entitled “Writing with the Body in Dance”.  Students will be introduced to the class repertoire before working on choreographing a short dance piece. This will give students an idea of how the dance degree works at Edge Hill University.

These workshops are suitable for Year 12 & 13 students. 

If you would like to book a session, or would like to arrange a bespoke campus based session then please contact the relevant regional Education Liaison Officer.

Social Sciences

Workshops

(Gatsby Benchmark 7)

Our menu of workshops can be delivered as part of a campus visit, or alternatively in your school or college. These workshops are aimed at year 12 students who are considering studying a degree related to Social Sciences.

Youth Cultures

What does it mean to be a young person in the twenty first century society? What do young people say about the issues that affect them and their families, such as homelessness, employment, participation, and education? This interactive session focuses on these questions amongst others, looking at topics such as young people’s roles in campaigns, advocacy and political activism. It also explores what ‘youth cultures’ mean and some of the differences and similarities in the life experiences of diverse young people in the UK and Europe.

Sexual Identities, Diversity and Difference

Sexuality and the expression and suppression of diverse aspects of sexual identities are important topics in contemporary society. In twenty first century Britain, sexual diversity and the freedom to express whatever identity one aspires to, and/or chooses, is celebrated, through different types of social movements and campaigns (e.g. Pride marches). Sexual desires and how people express them can be deeply rooted to political, cultural and social contexts. This session focuses on what identity is, how social scientists study sexuality, and differences and similarities on what is considered desirable across different nations and cultures.

Online Identity: Who are you?

Anyone who has ever done a search for their name on the internet may be surprised at what they find. Not everything may be about you but about others with the same name. Some things may be about you but not what you expected to find, but does any of this really represent who you are? This session will look at what we mean by identity and how what we post or have posted about us online can give an impression about who we are. We will think about how we act in different situations where we are known and where we are a stranger. Ultimately, provoking students to question whether social media represents a realistic version of themselves and their lives.

Equalities and Inequalities in Society

What is `equality’ and `inequality’ in the UK today? How has this changed over recent years? How does the UK compare with other countries? This session explores the nature and extent of inequality in the UK, breaking it down according to social class, gender, disability and age. The session focuses on the implications of inequalities for generational relations and how this shapes Britain today and our likely future.


If there is a specific topic you would like a workshop based on that is not listed above, please let us know as our academics have a range of expertise and would be happy to create a bespoke activity for your students.

If you would like to book a session, or would like to arrange a bespoke session then please contact the relevant regional Education Liaison Officer.

Sport & Physical Activity

Sports Lecture Series

(Gatsby Benchmark 7)

Our sports department can deliver several taster sessions which include a lecture on a range of sports topics. These taster sessions are designed to provide Year 12 and 13 students with an insight into what it might be like to study degree level sport, and an opportunity to try our state of the art sports facilities.

Please see below a list of lecture topics on offer:

  • Physiology of Sports Performance 
  • Physical Activity in Children and Young People 
  • Sports Injury Management and Rehabilitation 
  • Sports Coaching and Performance Analysis
  • Sport and Mental Health 

The above taster sessions can be offered as a bespoke campus visit. Due to availability of facilities, this can only be offered on a Wednesday.

How to Choose your Sports Degree

(Gatsby Benchmarks 4 & 7)

This workshop is suitable for year 12 students considering their higher education options. Prospective students will be provided with detailed information related to the different Sports and Physical Activity degrees available at Edge Hill. Placement and voluntary opportunities are also covered within this workshop, including details about our Erasmus Programme and our links with Everton in the Community. The overarching theme of this workshop is to discover what opportunities are available at Edge Hill as a sports student.

Interactive Sports Workshop

(Gatsby Benchmark 7)

This workshop is suitable for year 12 or 13 students who would like to gain an insight into what it might be like to study a sports degree. The workshop will consist of several classroom based activities including a personality traits quiz, sponsorship exercise and a critical evaluation of national sports events.

This workshop is offered as either a 1 or 2 hour session. The longer session will provide students with an opportunity to plan a PE lesson inline with the National Curriculum, and deliver a sample of their session to fellow students. This workshop will boost students critical thinking skills, as well as allowing them to undertake work aligned to their current programme of study.

If you would like to book onto any of the above sessions please contact the relevant regional Education Liaison Officer.

Teaching and Education

 

Routes into Teaching and Education

(Gatsby Benchmarks 4 & 7)

For students considering a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) course at Early Years, Primary, Secondary or Further Education level, this session gives an insight into preparing for these types of degrees. Information on how these courses are taught, work experience ideas, entry requirements, interviews, professional skills tests as well as other children and young people based degree options (Non QTS), in order to work in Education or the wider children’s workforce, are all included. This session can also contain additional interactive activities such as personal statements or a teaching taster.

Workshops

(Gatsby Benchmark 7)

Outstanding Teaching and Learning

Understanding what makes an outstanding teacher forms the basis of this session. Focusing on past experiences, students decide what skills and abilities make an excellent teacher and how best to approach a lesson based on the children or young people in attendance. Through interactive activities, students are shown how to deliver a lesson as well as how to become a thorough and effective practitioner .

Lesson Planning

This session involves students being able to understand how to and effectively plan a lesson as a future teacher. Looking at learning styles and meeting individual needs, students will be guided through how to set out and form a lesson plan. With the help of interactive activities, students will develop their own lesson plan in detail by the end of the session.

Behaviour Management

This interactive workshop give students the opportunity to understand how to utilise effective behaviour management when working with children and young adults. It aims to give students a real insight into techniques and tips, and through interactive activities will allow students to experience various scenarios and how they would react to them in practice.

Interview Techniques 

Focusing on preparing for interview, this workshop provides students with more detailed information around the interview process for any Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) based course. It covers techniques and tips for interviews and how to best prepare for them beforehand.

Each of these sessions lasts around 1 hour. If you would like to book a session then please contact the relevant regional Education Liaison Officer.

New Workshops: Teaching and Working in the Wider Children’s Workforce

Staff from the Faculty of Education have put together a fantastic new menu of workshops related to our excellent range of undergraduate courses. The workshops are ideal for students at college or sixth form who are interested in working within the education sector, with children and young people or within the teaching profession. Ou academics can deliver the workshops as part of a campus visit or alternatively in your school or college.

Early Years Education

Working with two year olds- ‘potentials, possibilities and challenges’: The aim of this session is to deepen students’ understanding of the world of two year olds by examining key theories relating to their development, play and learning and exploring what this means for practice and provision.

The Forest School Approach: An introduction to the Forest School approach, philosophy and practice. The session will consist of a brief classroom-based rationale with some discussion, before undertaking a small number of practical activities designed to promote reflection on the outdoors as a rich and engaging learning environment.

Introduction to Working with Early Years Children on the Autism Spectrum: This session will provide students within an overview of an Autism Diagnosis and the shared characteristics of this condition. Students will be encoruaged to consider potential barriers to learning and accessing education as well as practical suggestions for support strategies.

Learning Through Play- Fun with Technology: Technology is all around us and even the youngest babies play with technological toys. Often, it is not valued and only considered as entertainment to keep children occupied. This session will encourage students to consider what technologies are present in everyday life, as entertainment and how, if used thoughtfully and creatively, they can engage young children, help them to achieve new knowledge, skills and understanding beyond traditional expectations. Students will learn about different approaches to using technology with young children and create first-hand experiences with a variety of digital resources.

Primary Education

Supporting Children and Young People’s Mental Health within School: This workshop gives students the opportunity to understand the contextual developments regarding mental health and wellbeing in schools and its potential impact on their role. This will include strategies and activities to support children and young people’s mental health, as well as strategies to support staff mental health and wellbeing, including information on self-care and key referral and support routes for both children and staff.

Making Reading Exciting! : The aim of this session is to give students the confidence and skills to support young, reluctant or struggling readers in primary school. The session begins with a story, read aloud to students to remind them of the joy of being read to and how this can support children to make meaning from text. The book is then used to promote discussion around what makes a good book for children and the importance of choosing appropriate texts for children to read. We continue with practical interactive activities and games to help students understand how we read and the approaches and strategies that support children to become independent readers.

Secondary Education

Becoming a Secondary Teacher- Understanding how Young People Learn: This session will encourage participants to consider current research and practice in relation to adolescent development, particularly focusing on the management of pupil behaviour. Participants will experience and reflect upon the effectiveness of different approaches to managing pupil behaviour, in light of their own experience, as well as the strategies and research outcomes that have been considered.

If you would like more information about these subject workshops then please contact the relevant regional Education Liaison Officer or email educationliaison@edgehill.ac.uk

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