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“Girls Into Computing” Visit Days in colloboration with STEM Cymru Engineering Education Scheme Wales

Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics, in collaboration with STEM Cymru Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW STEM Cymru), has recently hosted a number of "Girls Into Computing" Visit Days to give girls a taste of the numerous careers and opportunities associated with computing. Year 8 and 9 pupils from a number of schools across Cardiff visited the Univeristy for the day, giving them the opportunity to meet with current female undergraduate and research students and take part in a number of hands-on interactive sessions with the aim of encouraging the pupils to choose STEM subjects at GCSE. Activities included an introduction to the Raspberry Pi using Python programming, a workshop using Greenfoot – a development environment to write simple programmes in Java, and decision making sessions using business processes and team building. For more information on the 'Girls into Education Scheme', please visit the above link.

3D Visualisation of Mantle Dynamics

The demonstration is delivered in the Helix visualisation suite in Cardiff University's School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. Students will see the results of 3D modelling of mantle convection. This is an exciting opportunity to see heat flow patterns inside the Earth, how they influence volcanoes and affect the movement of plates on the surface. It shows students the need for interdisciplinary science (in this case Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Maths, Geology) to answer significant questions and is a dramatic example of a 'big' application of 'simple' Physics and Chemistry.

A-level Philosophy Teaching Materials

Cardiff University School of Philosophy have created a booklet of teaching materials for A-level Philosophy. The Nietzsche's Critique of Morality resource booklet contains six short essays with comprehension questions and puzzles for discussion. It is designed to facilitate work that meets the criterion of independent critical engagement. This is intended for the 'Why Should I Be Moral?' module of the AS-level as well as the 'Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil' module of the A2-level.

Adapting to Climate Change in Wales

This pack has been designed to support activities of teachers and pupils of Key Stage 4 Geography, Geology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Humanities, Personal and Social Education. It explores how changes in the climate change could impact citizens of Wales, and in particular how citizens could adapt to living in a different climate. Although the focus is on Wales, this packs draws on examples from all over the world.

Agent Exoplanet

Have you ever wondered how astronomers discover planets orbiting stars outside our Solar System? This activity takes you through the steps astronomers use when they study extra-solar planet transits. The School of Physics offers, Agent Exoplanet, an interactive web project which lets you measure the brightness of a star with a transiting planet. As the planet goes between us and the star, the planet blocks some of the light from the star. We measure this dip in brightness and see a light curve. Properties of this light curve give us information about the planet's size, mass, orbital distance and orbital speed. This is especially useful for non–astronomy-expert teachers who find themselves teaching astronomy in the classroom. As well as an online web app, we have also created a worksheet for students and a Teacher’s Guide. These resources are designed to help teachers to explore the discovery of planets in our Galaxy.

An introduction to coding in Java using Greenfoot

Students get the opportunity to use Greenfoot, which teaches object orientation with Java, in the surroundings of the School of Computer Science & Informatics' newly refurbished computer labs. Greenfoot is visual and interactive and allows you build your own environment or world to develop games, simulations, and other graphical programs. Greenfoot uses standard textual Java code providing a combination of programming experience in a traditional text-based language with visual execution. This workshop also offers the participants to meet and chat with current university students.

Anaesthetics Museum Open Day – the operating theatre then and now

The Mushin Museum (Museum of Anaesthetics) based in the School of Medicine hosts open days for GCSE students to demonstrate how science has helped the development of medical equipment to make operations safer for patients. It also promotes science as a career choice demonstrating the links between anaesthetics history and sciences learnt at school.

Annual Year 8 STEMLive Event – Mission to Mars

STEMLive is Cardiff University's exciting annual year 8 STEM enrichment day, the current theme is 'Mission to Mars'. The hands-on event gives students the opportunity to explore and solve problems of how to reach and colonise Mars. From impact craters, to programming rovers, and building sustainable houses on the red planet, students will by challenged by university researchers from all STEM disciplines to complete their mission. All abilities are encourage to attend. For more information about the event email

Bioaccumulation and food chains with the Otter Project

Whole lessons created by Cardiff University Otter Project can be found on the TES teaching resources page. These highlight the impacts that contaminants have on the UKs largest carnivore, whilst tying in with WJEC curriculum. Pupils are guided through the concepts of food chains and bioaccumulation in the context of real life and current research examples. The food chain lesson is aimed at a KS2/KS3 level and has differentiation for lower and higher ability incorporated within the lesson through both differentiation by task and support. There are two bioaccumulation lessons, one aimed at a KS3/ lower ability KS4 and the other which is aimed at higher ability KS3/ KS4. Also available are Literacy, Numeracy and thinking short activities for starters and plenaries. Developing vocabulary, Odd One Out, Source Square, Memory Graph and Cloze activity. All themed around otters and how they are at risk from pollution. All resources have been developed in collaboration with a secondary school biology teacher. The PowerPoints run through the entire lesson, with separate supporting information for teachers. To find the resources please follow the links below

Cancer Awareness Activity

This highly interactive and visual outreach activity is run by a team of School of Biosciences undergraduate facilitators . Each facilitator will run a 40-50 minute session with their own individual group of 6-8 pupils. This activity aims to demystify this complex disease, highlighting risk factors, why cancers form and how they can can spread through the body and existing and possible future treatments. This includes showcasing research from our European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute. This activity includes questions directly linked with either the Year 10 or Year 12 biology specification.

Cardiff BookTalk

Cardiff BookTalk is a University book group with a difference: we discuss expert perspectives and readers’ views about the big ideas in a range of classic and contemporary fiction. Open to teachers and students Cardiff BookTalk is managed the School of English, Communication and Philosophy. BookTalkers listen to diverse interdisciplinary research topics which expand on themes in the very best classic and contemporary literature. Each speaker addresses the books from their own specialism, and this can lead to fascinating insights about the literary, social and cultural implications of the novels we read. The talks, given by University academics who are specialists in their field, as well as other expert speakers, will be followed by an open discussion session with the audience, and we want as many people to share their perspectives as possible. If you’re interested in discussing the big ideas behind great books, and want to discover new ways of looking at novels, then join us for our next session!

Cardiff Business School Admissions Sessions for Schools and Colleges

Staff from Cardiff Business School offer to visit schools and colleges to run sessions with year 12 students to discuss pathways to university study. These sessions include a presentations on the value of university study and business-orientated degrees in particular, with brochures and employability handouts: they also include a Q & A to invite pupil's interest and queries.

Cardiff Case Studies Annual Teachers Conference

Geography teachers from across the UK are invited to join researchers from the School of Geography and Planning at their annual Case Studies Conference. This free annual event is hosted in the Cardiff University's Glamorgan Building and gives teachers the opportunity to meet researchers and find out about contemporary research in the area of geography and planning. To find out more or to book your place at the next teacher conference follow the link below.

Cardiff Confucius Institute – Chinese in Schools Programme

The Chinese in schools programme is managed by the Cardiff Confucius Institute which is one of 500 Confucius Institutes around the world. The focus of Cardiff Confucius Institute is on language teaching and is built upon the vast breadth of expertise based at the university's School of Modern Languages. To find out about the range of Chinese language courses and programmes offered to primary and secondary schools visit

Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER) – Brain Games

Brain Games is one of a number curriculum linked school engagement activities delivered in local schools by researcher. Brain Games is a range of activities specifically designed key stage 2 pupils, but readily adaptable to different levels all the way up to A' level. These sessions deliver taught elements alongside activities to show how the brain is made, how it communicates and some fun illustrations of what the brain can (or can’t) do. Activities include making brain hats, pipe cleaner neurons, the stroop race, the worlds one and only inflatable bouncy brain with information panels built in to learn while you bounce and bespoke brain puzzles to get your own grey matter going. To find out more about Brain Games contact Dr Emma Lane:

Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair – Maggot Racing

The Maggot Racing workshop aims to outline the clinical application of maggots in wound care and healing using a short poster presentation. Following the presentation students get the opportunity to take part in a fun and interactive maggot race. Each group names a maggot and encourages it towards the finish line. The owner of the winning maggot receives a certificate.

Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair – Operation Man

The Operation Man workshop is based on the popular children's game, but much larger. In a race against the clock, 'eyes', 'kidneys', 'bones' and 'tendons' can be transplanted in a 'human body'.

Cardiff Racing

Every year engineering students from Cardiff design and build a racing car so that we can compete internationally in the Formula Student championships. Our team can bring one of our cars into your school and explain the different aspects of the event and how we design, manufacture and test it. It is an excellent way discuss the creative and critical thinking skills needed in an engineering career and to encourage pupils participating In F1 in schools or other similar initiatives. We can also offer Q&A Skype sessions with the Cardiff Racing team for schools where travel costs are prohibitive.

Cardiff University Library sites

Cardiff University houses 14 different subject-specific libraries, all are open to the public for browsing and reference purposes. Follow the link above or visit to find out more. In addition members of other local libraries, such as Cardiff Public Libraries, can register as external members of Cardiff University Library service to borrow books under the CLIC scheme (Cardiff Libraries in Cooperation ) To find out more visit:

Cardiff University Open Days 2019

Open Day visits are a must for any student thinking of studying at Cardiff. Whether it’s the majestic surroundings, the warm and friendly atmosphere or the infectious buzz of the city, there is no better way to experience it. With four Open Days every year, there's plenty of opportunities to explore the university campus and facilities, meet students and staff and ask questions - helping you choose the right place to study. To find out more about our open days during 2019 and to book at space visit,

Cardiff University Press

Cardiff University Press is an online Open Access publisher which provides free access for teachers and students to a variety of academic research journals. 10 Journals are currently available to view. These include Asian Literature and Translation, The British Student Doctor’, Martial Arts Studies, Studies in Gothic Fiction and Welsh Economic Review. To access these and other journal please follow the link above or search using:

Cardiff University Public Events

Share in our success as a top-five UK university for research excellence and impact. Our events are open to all, and reflect the breadth and depth of our research and courses. Lectures may be relevant for students or CPD opportunities for teachers.

Cardiff University Undergraduate Open Day – 14th September 2019 and 26th October 2019

Sign up NOW to book a space to attend Cardiff University's next Open Days on the 14th September 2019 and 26th October 2019! Open days are a must for any students thinking of studying at Cardiff. Whether it’s the majestic surroundings, the warm and friendly atmosphere or the infectious buzz of the city, our Autumn Open Days will provide the perfect opportunity to explore the university campus and facilities, meet students and staff and ask questions - helping you choose the right place to study. Find out more –

Cardiff University’s Annual Welsh Baccalaureate Teachers Conference

The Welsh Baccalaureate Teachers Conference is hosted by the School of Social Sciences. The annual event takes place during the summer term and is aimed at teachers who support and deliver the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification in key stages 4 and 5. The skills based conference is also suitable for any teacher wanting to undertake action research in their own school or college. The Conference programme is delivered by researchers from across Cardiff University together with advisory teachers and partner organisation. The day long programme includes workshops and lectures which aim to support teachers by increasing their confidence in teaching research skills. The day provides teachers with the opportunity to meet and speak with researchers, access bespoke resources and engage with colleagues from other schools and colleges to share ideas and network. Follow the links below to find out more about past events and access online resources.

Cardiff University’s Online Repository of Research Publications

ORCA or Online Research@Cardiff is Cardiff University’s own institutional repository of research publications written by the University’s own researchers. These include journal articles, conference papers, reports and doctoral thesis. Publications posted on ORCA predominantly cover topics related to subjects taught at the University including fully downloadable texts. The publications are a great resource for teachers and key stage 4 and 5. You can find potential articles of interest at the visiting

Careers Fairs – Cardiff University School of Welsh

Members of the School of Welsh offer to attend careers fairs held at schools to raise awareness of the Welsh language and its career-enhancing prospects.

Cells, Genes & Mutations

The School of Biosciences offers a day-long set of activities that explore understanding cells and mutations as well as discussions relating to the consequences of different lifestyle choices on generic mutation rates and hence risk of developing cancer. These activities are: a 15-20min activity to visualise your own cheek cells using microscopy (KS2 upward), an hour-long activity using DNA models (Y9 upward), and a 3-hour practical workshop in which pupils learn about the Polymerase Chain Reaction (Y9 upward – ideal for A level pupils). These activities can also be used as individual activities.

Chemistry – Public Lectures

The School of Chemistry offer a range of lectures suitable for students studying Chemistry at key stages 4 and 5. The lectures are delivered by researchers in the field of Chemistry. The current lectures offered include: Shape and Form in the World of Crystals, What Do Chemists Do, and Aren't All Chemicals Bad For You?, Nanotechnology - is it new?, What Drives a Catalytic Converter? and Forensic Science. To find out more about the lectures and to contact a researcher follow the link to the School of Chemistry's Community Engagement pages by clicking on the image or title above.

Chemistry Clock Race

Cardiff School of Chemistry postgraduate students can come to your school and run a workshop on indicators and chemical reaction. The aim of the session is to work out the right ratios to get an iodine clock reaction to change colour at a specified time. The session begins with a short introduction about indicators and finishing with a memorable and interactive demonstration in which students compete in the Clock Race challenge. Pairs of students mix two supplied solutions and watch for a colour change. They then dilute their solutions with the aim of achieving a predictable time delay before the colour change occurs. At the end of the workshop, the whole class takes part in a ‘Mexican wave’ of colour changes.

Chemistry in the 3rd Dimension

Chemistry in the 3rd Dimension is an immersive 1 hour workshop most suitable for KS4 + KS5 students. An adapted shorter version is also available for KS3 students. Our workshop begins with an introduction to computational chemistry – using computers to understand and predict chemical reactions, followed by a showcase of the wide variety of research being performed within the Chemistry Department at Cardiff University. Students then don a pair of 3D glasses which allow them to ‘step inside’ a variety of chemical simulations where 3D is used to describe the properties of these systems. Our requirements for this workshop are as follows: 1. Use of a darkened room (for example auditorium), and access to a power supply. 2. Use of a standard projector and whiteboard during the introduction talk. 3. A maximum of 100 students per workshop. Please note the 3D element of this workshop is not suitable for anyone with epilepsy. To request a workshop or for further information please contact Liam Thomas:

Chemistry Potions Workshop for Primary Schools

OUR POTIONS WORKSHOPS ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED FOR THE 2017/2018 SCHOOL YEAR. We will be releasing our presentations and workshops during the Autumn term. Please check back at a later date for further information. Our ‘Potions’ workshop is most suitable for year 5 and 6 pupils. Our workshop begins by introducing students to chemistry and it’s prevalence in everyday life. Students then conduct their own experiments using an indicator to test acidity of a variety of goods found around the home and kitchen. Students record their data in a table which is discussed as a class during the results section. Our workshop is delivered by undergraduate and postgraduate students along with members of staff. The workshop concludes with an “ask a scientist anything” section. The workshop takes approximately 1 hr and 15 minutes. Our requirements for this workshop are as follows: 1. A teacher be present at all times. 2. Access to the classroom sink during the entirety of the workshop. 3. Use of the projector for the introduction talk. 4. A maximum of 35 students per class. To request a workshop or for further information please contact Liam Thomas: We are happy to deliver multiple classes during a school visit. Ideally a 15 minute gap in between each class would be great as it allows us to reset the activity!

Classroom Experience Project

The Classroom Experience Project provides classroom-based work experience opportunities for Cardiff University undergraduate and postgraduate students looking for a career in teaching. The project seeks to match and place Cardiff University students in all types of schools and colleges within Cardiff including Welsh-medium, and special schools. Classroom Experience Project students get involved in day to day classroom activities as well as specific educational projects with the host school. Successful projects to date include; maths support, literacy support, a Forest School project, science-based projects and A-level revision sessions. The students enrich the learning experience for school pupils and are positive role models for higher education, helping to raise the aspirations of pupils. To become a host school or find out more link with us via Twitter: @CEP_CU or emails using the link below.

Community Learning

Community Learning is designed and run in partnership with local organisations and other learning providers. We respond to a variety of learning needs and local interests and therefore design new courses each year. We run up to 40 FREE short courses each year, providing attractive and flexible learning opportunities designed to help support community-based students progress to the next stage, whether that is work, college or university.

Computer Science is as easy as Pi, Rasperry Pi

This workshop offers a hands on introduction to the Raspberry Pi and Python. From 'How do I switch it on' to 'programming your own minecraft world in Python' or 'Having fun with LED's and circuits'. This workshop can take place in your school or you can visit Cardiff University and combine this activity with one of our talks or meet the students events (numbers are limited).

Computer Science is as easy as Pi, Rasperry Pi – Key Stage 5

The School of Computer Science and Informatics have developed this event in partnership with teachers. Following its successful pilot in 2013 the event will be run annually at the University for Year 12 students and teachers. The event includes a hands-on workshop using the Raspberry Pi and Python, talks from research students, an introduction to the undergraduate courses offered plus an opportunity to meet undergraduate students. The Raspberry Pi workshop will be suitable for students new to computing as well as those who already have some knowledge and experience.

Confident Futures Project

For looked after children and care leavers between the ages of 14 and 19, the Confident Futures Project combines group activities with individual support to raise aspirations and improve confidence. This will include social trips, university taster days and workshops to support studies and applications to university / college / jobs. As part of the project, the young people will also have access to university events such as GCSE /A level revision workshops and advice sessions to support Personal Education Plans and pathways. The project runs fortnightly from October – Easter.

Confident Futures Summer School

The First Campus Confident Futures Summer School is a two-day event aimed at giving young people in care between the ages of 15 and 19 (Year 11+) the chance to experience student life in a safe and supported environment. The Summer School is a general taster of university life, and includes an overnight stay in halls of residence where students are paired with University students to take part in everyday student activities.

Darwin Centre

The Darwin Centre for Biology and Medicine was founded in Cardiff by Professor Tony Campbell in 1993, moving to Pembrokeshire in 1999. It has evolved from a Biological and Medicine engagement platform through a week-long Science Engineering and Technology (SET) Festival, to its current format as a year-round engagement provider in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in its broadest sense.

Discovery Project

This project is for young people with ASD between the ages of 14 and 19 who have the potential to go on to university. Pupils on the scheme will be mentored by current university students, who give an insight into university life and help equip pupils who attend with skills needed for university life. This will be done through a combination of activities including workshops, academic taster sessions and social events. There will also be the opportunity for pupils to receive extra support for homework, revision, and making applications to college and university. Together, the young people and their mentors will plan out a calendar for the year ahead, combining events from the program of group sessions with individual activities (such as planning a meal and cooking together, going for a coffee, or attending open days). The project runs fortnightly from October – Easter. Pupils who attend the Discovery Project are also invited to a Summer School, held in July each year. Nicholas Fearn, a pupil who attended the Summer School in July 2014, has written a blog about the decisions he’s had to make regarding university. Follow this link to read the blog:

Discovery Summer School

The First Campus Discovery Summer School is a two-day event aimed at giving young people with autism spectrum disorders between the ages of 15 and 19 (Year 11+) the chance to experience student life in a safe and supported environment. The summer school is a general taster of university life, and includes an overnight stay in halls of residence where students are paired with university students to take part in everyday student activities.

Discovery Visit Day

Once a year, Cardiff University runs a visit day specifically for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. The aim of the day is to encourage young people with ASD to consider university and help them prepare for the transition. The programme of the day includes an introduction to university, and outline of the support available for current students with ASD, and a tour to one of the academic schools within the University. The hope is that by attending a smaller, more structured event, pupils will build up the confidence to attend main stream open days at Cardiff University and elsewhere. Attendees of the day will also be invited to our Summer Schools. Whilst the day is primarily aimed at 14 – 19 year olds with ASD, it is open to anyone who would potentially benefit from attending. Teachers / support workers and parents / guardians are welcome to accompany pupils on the day.

Dynamics of Cancer

The School of Biosciences provides a lesson for teachers that first introduces pupils to the topics of evolution and natural selection, before explaining how DNA mutation can give rise to cancer, and how evolution and natural selection of cancer cells can give rise to drug resistance and relapse in patients. The teaching pack contains the presentation, crib sheet and resources required for the lesson including dressing-up materials!

European Union information Sources

The ESO (European Sources online) is a free database and information service about Europe, including the European Union with accurate downloadable information guides. Suitable for all age groups including publications designed for younger individuals, the ESO is a handy tool for teachers who are looking to find information easily covering treaties, religion within the European Union to climate change. The European Sources Online gives daily updates via official information sources from EU institutions plus links to several of the continent’s news sources. To find out more follow the link above or visit the website

First Campus Activities

Cardiff University is a member of First Campus – the Reaching Wider Partnership which covers South East Wales. Reaching Wider was established in 2002 by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales. Its mission is to break down perceived barriers to higher education and widen access to learning. Through collaboration, First Campus delivers a series of activities for a wide cross section of pupils and adult learners. Cardiff University currently delivers a number of projects for First Campus: Confident Futures, Discovery, GCSE Maths and English Language Revision Courses and Uni Inspiration Days.

Free library membership for all sixth form and college students in Wales

Cardiff University Library Services are now offering a free membership scheme for sixth form and FE College students from across Wales. The scheme allows students to borrow up to two items from our 2 or 4 week loan collections. Students will also have walk-in access to our eResources service. To register online to join the membership scheme or to find out more about our services follow the title link above.

Free MOOC’s @Cardiff University

Cardiff University offer 4 free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC's) The online courses offer learners the opportunity to study anywhere at any time. The four courses currently on offer are:- *Making Sense of Health Evidence: The Informed Consumer *Working with Translation: Theory and Practice *Muslims in Britain: Changes and Challenges *Community Journalism: Digital and Social Media. For more information about free online courses, please visit

Free school talks and visits to Cardiff University’s National Software Academy

Great opportunity for schools and colleges to learn more about Cardiff University's new National Software Academy. The Academy located in Newport is part of the University's School of Computer Science and Informatics and is the base for the BSc Applied Software Engineering degree. On request we can arrange visits to the Academy, or for a member of staff from the University to attend your school or college to give a talk. to book a visit or find out more email

Free walk-in access to Cardiff University’s Library Service

Teachers can register free with the University Library Service as external users and then access some of our external databases and collections for reference purposes. Please note saving or emailing resources is not permitted, however teachers can print (subject to copyright restrictions).

Geophysics demonstration

Cardiff University School of Earth and Ocean Sciences' seismic demonstration shows how geophysics is used to look at the subsurface structure of the Earth, for example in the search for oil. The demonstration which takes place outdoors, e.g. on the school football pitch, can also be conducted during a visit to the University.

Harvard Referencing – Tutorial

This tutorial will help you understand how to: •cite sources in your written work •include quotations in your written work •write your references list using the Cardiff University Harvard referencing style.

Healthy Hearts and Exercise

This is a 50-minute interactive session looking at the physiology of the heart. There is a variety of sessions that are run by university staff including heart pressure, EEG recording, worksheets and a talk on studying Biosciences at university. There is also a detailed instruction pack for teachers to run similar activities in the future.

Higher Education Roadshow

The Higher Education Roadshow is a joint venture between Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC), which aims to engage pupils and encourage them to continue in education. The HE roadshow team offer free year-group interactive assemblies for years 9, 10 and 11 across Wales. A number of sessions are available, including study skills, introduction to university, preparing for 6th form / college and student life. The assemblies provide an introduction to higher education and help to encourage your pupils to work hard and think about their future. For some pupils, university can be a daunting prospect. We aim to demystify the university experience through overcoming common misconceptions about higher education and illustrating the benefits of life at university. Further resources and information on how to book are available on the HE Roadshow website:

Individual Project Proposals Bank – Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Researchers from across the University have been working with the WJEC to provide research proposals for the Individual Project relating to their area of research. Teachers and learners can access all of the approved Proposals via the WJEC resource page. Learners can now access contemporary and real life research proposals to help them formulate their own titles. The learner will be able to undertake research related to their future degree course, linked to the University they want to apply for, and for future employment. The Schools Partnership Project is managing the project in conjunction with the WJEC and these will be posted as they become approved. To view the Proposals currently available on the WJEC website, please click on the title here. - Once you have reacher the 'related documents' page scroll down to view the Individual project Proposals. - Find the subject of interest, click on the link and scroll through the different proposals offered by each of the participating universities.

Inspiring Science Education (ISE)

The Inspiring Science Education project, funded by EU FP7, aims to motivate and stimulate teachers to attract youngsters to the world of scientific discoveries, natural and scientific phenomena and much more by providing them within their classrooms with access to the latest interactive tools and digital resources.

Interactive mathematical modelling activities

The School of Maths offers Mathematical Modelling events to introduce pupils to modelling approaches such as queueing theory, game theory and epidemiological modelling through role-play games and mathematical insights. They also inform school pupils of the varied and exciting careers that are possible upon graduating with a STEM-based University degree. They are partners in the Monmouth Science Initiative.

Learning software development skills using the XP Game

The XP Game is used by developers in industry to learn skills in Agile Development. Students are split into teams and are challenged to plan and estimate the time required to complete a set of tasks to try and earn points. The tasks involve sorting cards, blowing up balloons, making paper hats, throwing dice and complete mathematical challenges. The aim of the game is to develop skills in: team working, problem solving, planning and estimation.

Maths Apps – Subsidised KS3 Show

Maths Apps is an interactive schools show for KS3 students, introducing them to the practical applications of maths. From computer games to hairdressing, sports science to breaking world records - where will maths take you? The show is an hour duration and is ideally aimed at whole school year groups, however we can be flexible to suit your needs.

Multiwavelength Astronomy

Explore the Electromagnetic Spectrum using images from astronomy from the radio to gamma ray. The main activity is a quiz involving matching up objects seen at different wavelengths. As optional extras, students can study one object in more detail through their own research and design a poster explaining the object. Teacher resources (ppt) are available to explain the different regions of the spectrum in an astronomical context and can also cover themes such as black-body radiation (generally for 16-19 only). The main activity generally takes about 20-30 minutes to complete, and so fits nicely into a single lesson, although it can be expanded to a double lesson. It is also applicable for science clubs. The activity uses Herschel Space Observatory as a case study to explain observations at other wavelengths. Session is generally given by a researcher to a class or CPD teacher training session, so it can be given in person at later times by the teacher(s) in the classroom environment. Please see also: chromoscope - see the universe in x-ray specs -

National Library of Wales @Cardiff

Visit Cardiff University to get free access to electronic resources from the National Library of Wales – for reference purposes only. For more information about the partnership between the National Library of Wales and Cardiff University, please visit


The School of Biosciences offers an interactive session designed to introduce pupils to the structure and function of sensory and motor neurones, synapses and neurotransmitters, action potentials and nerve conduction and sensory responses. It consists of a series of activities that are delivered by university staff: these include an introductory powerpoint presentation, make your own neurone, animations, Stroop test, EEG tests. There is a detailed instruction pack for teachers to run similar sessions afterwards.

Online resource for A-level Geography: Cardiff Case Studies:

The School of Geography and Planning have developed the Cardiff Case Studies initiative to help our contemporary research inform and inspire the teaching of Geography in classrooms across the UK. Case Studies have been developed together with the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, and provide short summaries of research undertaken by our academics. They have been designed to be relevant to school syllabi and can be free to download by Geography teachers and students. Topic available include: 1. Human geography - Explore case studies on cultural, development, economic and social geography, as well as sustainability and the environment. 2. Physical geography - Discover physical geography with case studies covering issues such as climate change and coastal management. 3. Research methods - Learn about various research methods used in the field of geography.

Operational Research Ambassadors in Schools (ORAiS)

The School of Maths runs an annual partnership with the Operational Research Society during which Undergraduate students work with secondary schools observing lessons and acting as general Teaching Assistants. Through this partnership a set of teaching materials and student enrichment resources are created which incorporate Operational Research introducing and developing the discipline of Operational Research in schools.

Pharmacy School Visits

The School of Pharmacy offers school visits all based upon a range of themes and topics. These are suitable for a range of key stages and on a variety of subjects. For example, one was run for primary schools on the theme, 'Science and Medics', and through a series of hands-on experiments, they led the young pupils through concepts such as forces, pH, solubility, and blood circulation, as they pertain to medicines.

Physics and Astronomy School Talks

Thanks to funding from Cardiff University Innovation and Engagement fund and the support of postgraduate students in the School of Physics and Astronomy, we are now able to offer free presentations suitable for Key Stage 4 and A-level physics students. These presentations aim to show students how their learning relates to contemporary research and to also allow them to meet and chat informally with a young role model in science. We also aim to encourage students to continue studying at university. Each show is performed by a working research physicist discussing their area of expertise and their career in physics and astronomy with the help of visual media and exciting, interactive on-stage demonstrations. Descriptions of the shows are included at the link above. This offer is available to all schools and colleges within 40 miles of Cardiff University. Each show is approximately 45 minutes in length, although show durations can be modified to suit your exact needs. We bring all the equipment needed to perform the show; all we ask is that you provide an empty hall or venue, a parking space, and time for us to set up. We will also require travel expenses for the presenter.

Pitch Perfect Physics

This is a lesson plan for a GCSE class to investigate the relationship between frequency and wavelength leading to the equation c = frequency x wavelength using fun demonstrations based on sound. The lesson plan meets the needs of four GCSE exam board syllabi. A variety of learning and teaching styles are considered to make the lesson plan appealing, from a learning perspective, to as many students as possible. The learning outcome is to teach students the inverse relationship between frequency and wavelength through a series of mini experiments in the classroom.

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Loan Boxes

This A-level biology outreach activity provides state of the art equipment, set up guides and ready-made class worksheets that supports hands-on learning directly in the classroom. The loan boxes include a thermal cycler, Gilson pipettes and tips, gels and gel tanks, power supply, reagents as well as a PowerPoint presentations for teachers to use on a loan basis. This activity can usually be supported by a researcher and/or undergraduate students.

Primary School Architecture Resource Pack

Cardiff University Welsh School of Architecture has developed a primary school resource pack which focuses on introducing architecture to children at the lower key stages, linking this to key themes studied at KS1 and KS2. The materials are fun and easy to use within the classroom.


Do you use or want to learn about Python? If so why not sign up to attend the PyDiff groups monthly meet-ups hosted at Cardiff University's School of Computer Science and Informatics. PyDiff is open to anyone, from experienced programmers to new learners. The group holds monthly meet-ups delivering talks on various topics so whether you’re a python ninja, a complete beginner, or just interested in coming along and seeing what goes on all are welcome.

Routes into Languages Cymru

Routes into Languages Cymru is a pan-Wales project that aims to improve the uptake of modern languages in schools. Funded by five Welsh universities and other institutions, and with two operational hubs in Cardiff University and Bangor University, Routes Cymru coordinates a number of events for language learners from year 7 to year 13. Routes Cymru’s flagship activities include: *Student Ambassadors – Routes Cymru Student Ambasadors support outreach events and offer a variety of activities including school careers talks, language taster sessions and support careers fairs/open days. *Lingomap – LingoMap is the successor to the award-winning ‘Adopt a Class’ scheme, redesigned to make use of new technologies and aim to reach a wider classroom audience across Wales. Follow our Language Ambassadors around the globe as they embark on their third year abroad. Tasked with writing blogs on specific topics from the GCSE exam specification, the students share personal highlights and cultural flavours from across Europe and beyond. LingoMap also provides a visual and interactive platform to show pupils the global opportunities available to them through studying languages. For further details please go to *Film Masterclasses – Covering films on the A-level curriculum for French, Spanish and German, students have the opportunity to participate in an interactive seminar with a member of our academic staff. This not only benefits the student academically, but it also gives them a real idea about how exciting and interesting it is studying languages at Cardiff University. This film season will take place during the Spring Term. *National Spelling Bee Competition – This annual event is designed to support students in year 7 who are studying French, German, Spanish and Welsh Second Language. The competition enables pupils to improve their spelling and vocabulary, encourages correct pronunciation and most importantly raises confidence levels. The competition culminated in the Spelling Bee National Final at the end of the summer term.

School of Architecture. Teaching support for Welsh Baccalaureate Challenges and Individual Project

The Welsh School of Architecture has developed a series of teaching and learning materials, focusing on introducing architecture that will assist in the delivery of each of the Welsh Baccalaureate Challenges, along with assisting in the development of the Individual Project. Five undergraduate students have been working towards this series of exciting lessons and materials to help teachers of the Welsh Baccalaureate successfully deliver the qualification.

School of Computer Science & Informatics – Talks for Schools

The School of Computer Science & Informatics offer talks on various topics to local schools and colleges. Talks offered include titles such as: Careers in computing; What Courses are offered by the School of Computer Science & Informatics at Cardiff University; An introduction and demonstrate of Mobile forensics. Bespoke talks can also sometimes be arranged on request.

School of Engineering -Engagement with Schools

Each year the School takes part in a number of activities aimed at promoting engineering to young people and the community. To find out about our current engagement activities, please email

School of Medicine Open Days 2019 for parents, guardians, teachers and careers advisors

Although primarily aimed at prospective students, the School of Medicine run a parallel programme for parents, guardians, teachers and careers advisors and we would be delighted if you wanted to join us too, either solo or with a student. Based at the Heath Park campus, the student programme covers key elements of becoming a doctor, with talks on our selection process, life as a doctor, funding for their medical degree, Case Based Learning and a Q&A panel as well as workshops covering Clinical Skills, Simulation Suite, life as a medical student, Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) and writing their personal statement. We’ll also provide lunch and plenty of opportunity to talk to our students about what it’s really like in medical school. Each prospective student is invited to bring one parent, guardian or teacher with them and a separate full-day programme will cover most of these subjects, but from an angle that looks at the support they, and we, can provide.

Schools Health Research Network

The Schools Health Research Network is a group of 212 secondary schools across Wales who have joined forces with researchers and other organisations supporting young people’s health to increase the quality, quantity and relevance of school-based health improvement research in Wales. Visit their website to find out more.

Schools Liaison

Offering tailored talks, one-to-one advice at HE fairs across the UK, information sessions and teachers’ conferences, the Undergraduate Recruitment team provide a range of free activities and resources both on and off campus to support those considering university. The fairs we attend and talks we give are applicable to all subjects and courses across the university and will make a good starting point for many teachers and careers advisers.

Science in Health Lecture Series

The Science in Health Public Lecture Series are free events that attract a diverse audience including the public, secondary school pupils and professionals. The series aims to open up areas of concern in health care and present new research on health issues to the public. The lectures are held on Thursday evenings, running from October to June in the large Chemistry Lecture Theatre of the University Main Building. The lectures are free and no booking is required. Local year 12 and 13 pupils have the opportunity to meet with the speaker prior to the lecture. If you are a year 12 or 13 pupil and wish to meet with one of the forthcoming speakers, please contact Medic Engagement.

Shape My Street Key Stage 2 National Competition

The SHAPE MY STREET competition is a key stage 2 activity that has been designed to introduce young learners to ideas about home, place and community ran by the Cardiff School of Architecture. Within structured, creative learning activities, classmates aged 7-11 will discuss which aspects of ‘home’ and ‘street’ make successful neighbourhoods. The competition activities are intended to develop understanding of the importance of design and quality in the built environment, and raise awareness of careers in design and related creative industries. To find out more or to get involved email

SHARE with Schools: Life in the Nineteenth Century Workshop

An introduction to aspects of local industrial, domestic and social history in the South Wales and Valleys area. We use presentations, discussion, images and aerial photography in this workshop, as well as offering guided object handling, giving pupils the opportunity to interact with genuine domestic and industrial artefacts from the time. We deliver this workshop in selected schools, working towards widening access to Higher Education.

SHARE with Schools: Museum Curatorship Workshop

A workshop combining the material collections of our Romans and Nineteenth Century workshops, which inspires pupils to create their own museum displays using our artefact collections and guided web research. Requires suitable access to PCs, and is an alternative to running the other activities. Can be used with various or mixed cohorts in KS3. We deliver this workshop in selected schools, working towards widening access to Higher Education.

SHARE with Schools: Romans in Wales Workshop

An introduction to how the Romans came to be in the place we now call Wales and their impact on it. In this workshop we use presentations, creative exercises, and quizzes. We also do guided object handling, giving pupils the opportunity to handle a mix of replica and genuine two thousand-year old archaeological artefacts. We deliver this workshop in selected schools, working towards widening access to Higher Education.

SHARE with Schools: Sixth Form Workshop

A more informal chat and discussion with university students about aspects of university life and finance, as well as group exercises to encourage pupils to think like a researcher. We deliver this workshop in selected schools, working towards widening access to Higher Education.

SHARE with Schools: STEM Archaeology Workshop

This workshop links the Humanities and Science (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in a fun and interactive way. We want to show that Science is not constrained to the traditional subjects and that Archaeology is more than just artefacts and mud. Features a mix of learning methods, including presentations and object handling. This workshop is aimed at Year 9 pupils in KS3 in selected schools, working towards widening access to Higher Education.

Skype an Engineer

Engineers are ordinary people doing some extraordinary things that help improve all our lives. At Cardiff University we work on a very diverse range of projects such as developing self-healing concrete, designing non-invasive glucose sensors for diabetics, analysing tidal power generators, studying impact damage in crash helmets, modelling brain movement during surgery. Get in touch if you would like an engineer to take part in a Skype Q&A session with your students, giving them an opportunity to see the curriculum in context and the wide range of careers that are opened up when you study maths and science.

Snot Shop: the biophysics of boogies

Snot Shop is an interactive activity to explain how the human respiratory system works and its key components. It explores how humans get lung infections and the body's defense mechanisms as well as how to recognise different lung diseases and symptoms. These activities also develop lab skills including how to use basic lab equipment and manual skills, analytical skills, following scientific procedures and how to use "controls" in a scientific experiment. It can be adapted to suit all year groups.

Special Collections and Archives reading room

Cardiff University Library services offers a quiet room for consulting historical documents and publications contained in our Special Collections and Archives section. The Special Collections and Archives research resources are available between 09:00 to 17:00 from Monday to Friday. For more information about Cardiff University’s Special Collections, please visit: -

Star in a Box

Star in a box is an interactive resource to aid in teaching the life cycle of stars. The resource shows a Hertszprung Russell diagram which plots the brightness of stars against their temperature to show the different types of stars and their life cycle from star formation to star death. The resource allows the user to interact with model stars via looking at different information sets and reading values of stellar mass, temperature, age etc, as well as seeing that the properties of their “model” star changes as it ages. Students can plot their own graph and learn the names of the different stages of stars e.g. main sequence, red giant etc.

Stem Cells and their Ethics

This activity explains what stem cells are, their uses in therapies and basic research, and associated ethical issues. It is delivered in school by university students or staff. The activities explore what stem cells are and their uses; then discuss a choice of ethical issues including: 'Basic rights of an embryo when life starts', 'A comparison of using stem cells vs animal experimentation to test drugs' or 'Should the Government fund embryonic stem cell research?'

Step Up to University Programme

The Step Up to University Programme aims to raise aspirations, raise attainment and provide support for secondary-aged pupils from disadvantaged areas to continue their studies post 16. The programme is a core part of Cardiff University's Widening Participation Programme. It develops a two-year relationship with pupils in schools from which there have traditionally been low rates of progression to university.

Student Teaching Scheme

Cardiff University School of Modern Languages is supporting the teaching and learning of foreign languages in schools and colleges. The Student Teaching Scheme engages two sets of inter-linked learners: final year Modern Languages students at Cardiff University and secondary-school pupils learning foreign languages in regional schools. The University students receive practical and theoretical pedagogical training by University staff and external partners, then gain mentored teaching experience in the local schools. They observe teaching by professionals, support classroom activities and lead teaching sessions using new learning resources they generate themselves. Students also organise and run a languages study day in the University for year 9 pupils, to encourage them to continue with languages. If you would like to become involved, please contact Liz Wren-Owens at the email address below:

Teachers’ Genetics Network

The Wales Gene Park’s Teachers’ Genetics Network is a free to join network of interested teachers wanting to be kept up to date with the latest genetics information. Members receive a termly e-newsletter, providing information on current genetic issues, links to genetic-related websites and teaching resources. In addition teachers will receive updates on the latest events, activities and consultation opportunities for schools and colleges offer by the Wales Gene Park and partner organisations. To find out more or to register free to become of member of the Genetics Teachers Network follow the link below.

The Exploring the Past Free Lecture Series

This is an exciting series of free talks on History, Archaeology and Religion. They are delivered by local postgraduates and academics together with some very special guest lectures by renowned scholars from universities across the UK. The talks are open to all and are a perfect way for sixth-formers and teachers to get a taste of the exciting research going on within these subjects at Cardiff University. There’s no need to book – just turn up and enjoy!

The Exploring the Past Progression Pathway

The Exploring the Past pathway is an exciting and innovative route onto degrees in History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University. It consists of a series of stimulating short modules taught in the evenings and at weekends, and these can be taken as part of the pathway itself or as standalone courses. The pathway is aimed primarily at adults returning to education. However individual courses have proved to be a great way for A-level or Access students to ensure a smooth transition to HE by getting a taste of what university study in these subjects is really like.

The Illustration Archive

The Illustration Archive is the world's largest searchable online database of historic book illustrations. The images span the eighteenth to the twentieth century and cover works of literature, history, geography, philosophy and science. The Archive can be searched in multiple ways, and provides full access to the books in which the images appeared. The illustrations are copyright free and can be tagged as well as searched. The 'In the Classroom' part of the site includes a guide for teachers on how these historic illustrations can be used in school projects.

Transcription and Translation

The School of Biosciences offers a one-hour activity using DNA models to illustrate the processes of transcription and translation. It introduces the concept of DNA mutation and the consequences this can have on gene function. Additionally the activity will have an associated cancer research context featuring researchers and real-life data to be analysed (extension activity).

Trio Sci Cymru

As part of the Trio Sci Cymru project, Cardiff University will deliver STEM engagement activities to KS3 students throughout the South Wales Valleys. Over a three-year period, pupils will have the opportunity to participate in three different programmes which take our cutting-edge research direct to the classroom. The first programme ‘Apothecary Bees’ will introduce pupils to the award-winning Pharmabees project. The second programme ‘Chemistry in the 3rd Dimension’ will use a portable 3D cinema to give pupils a chance to step inside a variety of chemical systems. The third programme ‘UniverseLab’ uses space to engage students with science, through a combination of 3D shows, virtual and augmented reality, robotic telescopes and hands-on workshops. Through these programmes we hope to inspire the next generation of scientists, and help to build Wales’s future STEM workforce. To find out more information or check eligibility for participating within the programme please email The project is funded by the Welsh Government’s National Science Academy and the European Social Fund.

Uni Inspiration Day

This event is a day of activities for Year 11 pupils in South Wales who are thinking about Higher Education and may be unsure on what to study or what route they need to take after their GCSEs. Pupils will be introduced to a wide selection of different subjects they can study at university through taster sessions, talks and interactive activities. Previous workshops have included: Architecture, Art & Design, Biomedical Science, Business, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Food Science, Healthcare, Journalism & Media, Law, Medicine & Dentistry, Music, Performing Arts, Psychology, Social Science, Sport and Student Life. On the day we will also hold a subject fair with over 50 courses represented in an exhibition. Pupils will have the opportunity to speak to current university students and find out more about their courses, what they enjoy about university, and their career aspirations. Courses represented are from Cardiff University, Metropolitan University, and the University of South Wales. This event is funded by First Campus and the Higher Education Roadshow.

Universe in the Classroom

The Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy is reaching out to primary schools and communities across Wales, hoping to spark a curiosity about the Universe in young children. Universe in the Classroom is a new initiative funded by the Welsh Assembly National Science Academy that will provide improved teaching methods and innovative tools to modernise and enhance the way STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are taught to young children. The programme will train over 100 Welsh primary school teachers to use the new resources which include a 0.4-m robotic telescope, Universe in a Box educational toolkits and dozens of enquiry-based learning activities.

Wales Brain Bee

Cardiff University invites teams from all schools and colleges across Wales to join the annual Wales Brain Bee competition. The aim of the Brain Bee is to motivate teenagers to learn more about the brain than they would ordinarily do within the A-Level Biology curriculum and to inspire them to consider a career in neuroscience. The event consists of a mix of practical lab work, video clips and written exercises that will encourage students to learn more about one of the most complex structures in the universe – the human brain. Each year, teams of up to 10 students compete in a series of challenges and a multiple choice written test. The highest scoring school or college will be awarded the Wales Brain Bee shield, with prizes of gift vouchers worth £50, £25 and £10 for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place students. To find out more or to get involved follow the link above or email

Welsh Bacc Global Citizenship Challenge: Evaluating the Evidence

Learning Outcome 1 of the Global Citizenship Challenge of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate requires you to "be able to apply critical thinking and problem solving". This includes: 1. Identifying and selecting information on global issues from appropriate secondary sources 2. Considering a range of alternative opinions, views and arguments on a global issue in order to develop your own views 3. Evaluating the credibility of information used in terms of currency, comprehensiveness, validity and reliability. Cardiff University Library Service has developed the Evaluating the Evidence suite of tutorials to support learning and teaching on these assessment critera.

Welsh Baccalaureate- Top tips on searching Google

This video was developed to help students and teachers alike. It is a selection of simple tips and tricks to improve the accuracy and relevance of your results when searching via this popular search engine.

Welsh Baccalaureate: 5 top tips on how to avoid plagiarism- the video

It is a serious academic offence to use the words or ideas of others without acknowledging them as such, and to submit them for assessment as though they were your own work. Plagiarism is a commonly misunderstood problem and is often committed accidentally, but ignorance or confusion is not an adequate defence against an accusation of plagiarism. Cardiff University library Service has created a series of Plagiarism Learning Objects to help students understand what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid committing plagiarism in their work. This video provides advice for students on common errors in citing and referencing, and some tips on how to avoid charges of plagiarism.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Being Digital

The Open University's award winning resource comprises activities and pathways to assist learners in finding, critically evaluating and communicating information in an online environment. For other useful resources for teaching the Welsh Bacc, please visit the University's Information Services website:

Welsh Baccalaureate: Evaluating Information flowchart

Developed by the University Library Service, this flowchart (presented as an image) offers a step by step guide through the process of evaluating information from websites.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Is it plagiarism?

Test your understanding of plagiarism with this quiz.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Notemaking: Reading, lectures and revision

Presented by Cardiff University's Library Services, this presentation demonstrates good note taking practise. For other useful resources for teaching the Welsh Bacc, please visit the University's Library Resource Services website:

Welsh Baccalaureate: Why, When and How: Citing and referencing

It is a serious academic offence to use the words or ideas of others without acknowledging them as such, and to submit them for assessment as though they were your own work. Plagiarism is a commonly misunderstood problem and is often committed accidentally, but ignorance or confusion is not an adequate defence against an accusation of plagiarism. Cardiff University's Information Services have created a series of Plagiarism Learning Objects to help students understand what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid committing plagiarism in their work. This tutorial aims to help you understand plagiarism and how to avoid committing it. It will take 15 minutes to complete.

Welsh Language Revision Sessions

The School of Welsh offer revision sessions to pupils studying Welsh in key stage 5 at the University. We also attend sixth form conferences and revision days; and host an annual revision day for students studying Welsh as a second language. Contact us to find out more or to book a session.

Welsh School of Architecture – Primary and Secondary School Workshops

The Welsh School of Architecture lead workshops in local primary and secondary schools. Since March 2018, members of staff have visit schools to teach workshops which give pupils an overview of architecture as a subject and profession. During the workshop, classes participate in activities such as creating their own model houses. We discuss the different aspects of housing design that architects need to think about (such as materials, adaptability, environment, transparency and function) and encourage pupils to think creatively.