Subject Specific Activities

Biology

 

Biology Olympiad

(Gatsby Benchmark 7)

Thursday 18th June 2020

Our 6th annual Biology Olympiad competition is open to AS Level Biology students. It is designed to test the students’ biological knowledge as well as giving the chance to learn in university surroundings. These topics that will be tested run in line with the current A Level curriculum.

Each of the topics will be covered in a short lecture then an activity will be set and teams will be marked based on the precision of their work, the times they complete the challenges in and their accuracy.

Teams will be made up of 3-5 students. Maximum of 2 teams per school. This is a very popular event. If you are interested in this event please contact your relevant Education Liaison Officer or email educationliaison@edgehill.ac.uk

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.

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.

Nutrient cycling.*

Nutrient cycling is a vital process for life on the planet yet it is largely invisible. This is because it is primarily undertaken by microorganisms. Learn about this process with practical and/or theory session.

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.*

Exploring the taxonomy of arthropods and understanding their importance to ecosystems, biodiversity and conservation; using microscopy to morphological differences in arthropod groups

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.

Through a taught session you will learn how recombinant DNA technology can lead to increased production of clinically relevant compounds such as antibiotics. A PCR and gel electrophoresis practical will introduce you to the concept of cloning.

Gene Expression.

Cancer is one of the main killers in our society. The causes and the main global challenges for future research are explored. This practical includes use of PCR and gel electrophoresis of cancer cells.

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

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

Business

Edge Ahead Business Competition

(Gatsby Benchmarks 4 & 7)

2019/20 Date TBC

Edge Ahead is a one day event that provides a competitive framework for students to put into practice their knowledge about Marketing, Accountancy and Management. Students are presented with a mystery scenario and working in teams (maximum of ten per team) will move between a marketing room, an innovation room and an accountancy room where they will solve different aspects of the challenge. At the end of timed competition, a group of students will emerge victoriously.

The Edge Ahead competition allows students to put into practice their knowledge of fundamental concepts such as SWOT, PESTLE and basic financial management in a structured way. Each of the challenge rooms is controlled by an experienced academic who is supported by students studying on our management, accountancy and marketing programmes. The challenge the students face changes each time the competition runs but in the previous cycle, it involved them working on how to bring a driver-less car to market.

There are two dates for you to choose from. This is a popular event so book your place now! Please note, school and college groups can submit more than one team.

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.

Workshops

(Gatsby Benchmark 7)

Interview Workshops
This workshop aims to support Business students in developing their Interview Skills, incorporating techniques needed to ace any interview. Different styles of interviews will be demonstrated, along with qualities an employer looks for, the need for positive body language and a strong first impression.

Curriculum Workshops

We also offer ‘Curriculum Workshops’ delivered by a member of our academic staff. These sessions last one hour and aim to aid students in their understanding of different Business topics. Below are the Curriculum Workshop topics that we currently deliver.

Marketing the Product

  • What is the customer need?
  • Understanding the market
  • Marketing mix and position
  • Advertising and sales
  • Social media and online sales channels

Managing the Business

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

Making Decisions and Winning

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

Global Issues

  • 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 regional Education Liaison Officer.

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

English, History and Creative Writing
Taster Day : Holocaust Educational Trust Event

(Gatsby Benchmarks 4 & 7)

We are pleased to welcome a survivor of the Holocaust to our Ormskirk Campus on the 13th November 2019. Students will listen to a testimony from the survivor, have a chance to ask questions and learn about what it was like to live through such a difficult time in our History. In the afternoon, students can take part in a workshop of their choice and learn even more about life during the Second World War.

If you are interested in this event please book your place or contact educationliaison@edgehill.ac.uk with any questions or queries

Choosing an English or Creative Writing Degree

(Gatsby Benchmarks 4 & 7)

For students that are considering studying an English or Creative Writing degree at university, there are a number of specialisms that students can study. We have created a detailed workshop that is designed to help students choose which degree to pursue at university. This will cover module choice, assessment methods and careers information.

Workshops

English/Creative Writing Taster Session (Gatsby Benchmark 7)
We offer a number of interactive English or Creative Writing workshops that provide a taster of what it’s like to study 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:

  • Psycho linguistics
  • History of English
  • Shakespeare
  • Romanticism
  • Victorian Fiction
  • The Art of Poetry
  • Short story Writing
  • Script writing
  • Screen writing
  • Writing Comedy
  • The Structure of English
  • Renaissance Drama and others

Routes into English and Creative Writing (Gatsby Benchmark 4 & 7)
This workshop 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.

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

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

Geosciences

Workshops

(Gatsby Benchmark 7)

Our workshops can be used as teaching or revision sessions towards current A Level students.

We can tailor a Subject Specific workshop to what your students are currently studying within their A Level Geography or Geology course, for example;

Mineral Mayhem 

This session would include a mini lecture on the minerals that are easily identifiable and common within the natural world. By the end of this session students will be able to identify minerals based on their qualities and understand the characteristics of the minerals and how to find them first hand.

Woodland Population

Working on woodland and population density allows the students to understand how organisms interact in the natural world but also their carbon uptake and how the trees can be used as a store of carbon along with other natural carbon stores.

An Explosive Life

This session will cover the lifecycle of a volcano; how, where and why they occur. This session will cover a large composition of various case studies and the reasoning of their effects upon the population, environment and also some of the historical effects that could be linked to the eruptions. There will also be an introduction into the different types of magma and lava. This session could provide students with the ability to gain higher grades in compare and contrast questions by allowing them to compare more case studies.

Development of a Coastline

This session will cover from the nearshore to the dunes and how they develop over time. It will also cover the idea of engineering a beach with various hard and soft engineering methods. Case studies will be used during this session allowing more of a comparison to include in their exams.

Separating Sediments

This session will focus on the rivers and coastal settings within the environment and the sediment these environments are composed off. It will consist of using microscope to classify sediment and see what it’s composed of (mainly beach sediments), looking at and sieving river sediment and soils to identify composition and size allowing sediment analysis, concluding the environment the sediment has come from. There will also be a coarse sediment practical based around measuring the size of pebbles and classifying them to environments based on this information. This will become useful for data analysis and to understand environment characteristics.

Engineering a Perfect Life

This session will look at GeoEnvironmental Engineering and how quarrying and dams can help bring the best to humans and how it brought about. This can be investigated through experimental methods that students can take part in.

These 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

English, History and Creative Writing
Taster Day : Holocaust Educational Trust Event

(Gatsby Benchmarks 4 & 7)

We are pleased to welcome a survivor of the Holocaust to our Ormskirk Campus on the 13th November 2019. Students will listen to a testimony from the survivor, have a chance to ask questions and learn about what it was like to live through such a difficult time in our History. In the afternoon, students can take part in a workshop of their choice and learn even more about life during the Second World War.

If you are interested in this event please book your place or contact educationliaison@edgehill.ac.uk with any questions or queries

Choosing a History Degree

(Gatsby Benchmark 7)

This workshop 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.

Workshops

History Taster Sessions (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:

  • The Medieval Outlook
  • History and Society
  • Rise to Globalism
  • History on Screen
  • British Social History
  • European History
  • French History
  • Crime and Society and others

Routes into History (Gatsby Benchmarks 4 & 7)
This workshop covers the variety of career opportunities available to students studying History 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.

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

Law, Criminology & Policing

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 workshop aims to help students understand the different types of careers within the Law sector and which career paths they should follow for the different job roles within this sector. The workshop is suitable for both Year 12 and Year 13 students.

Introduction to Policing and the new Reforms (Gatsby Benchmarks 4 & 7)
This workshop informs students of the new reforms within Policing which affect how new recruits join the Police force. This presentation also gives students an insight into studying Policing at University.

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

Law

  • Sporting offences against the person
  • Law of Negligence
  • Contract Law
  • Family Law
  • Celebrities and the Law
  • Introduction to Mooting

Criminology

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

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

Upcoming Event

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 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!

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.

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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