Faculty of Environment

Schools Outreach

Outreach Information for Geography, Geology and Science Teachers

The Faculty of Environment has a variety of outreach activities available for pupils of all ages, in topics relating to human and physical geography, geology, environmental science and sustainability. In addition to running a programme of larger events throughout the year, we also try to accommodate requests for visits, talks and workshops from individual schools. We are particularly interested in supporting schools who have large cohorts of students from the first generation of their family to consider higher education.

Outreach in schools and colleges

Student ambassador talks

Enthusiastic university students are great role models. If you’d like to help your students make sense of the many degree options available to students interested in Geography, Geology, Environmental and Climate Science or Sustainability, why not invite one of our student ambassadors to come and speak with them face-to-face? Our specially trained student ambassadors talk about their experience at university, and why they chose to study their subject.

For more information contact Pre Carbo

Final year student placements

There is also the option to have greater input from final year undergraduates by offering a placement to a student on one of the ‘Into Schools’ modules. The placement student would spend from 20 to 60 hours in the classroom, and develop and deliver learning resources with your guidance.

For more information contact the module managers:

The Royal Geographical Society

The Royal Geographical Society, have their own training programme for student ambassadors, who visit schools and colleges, to give talks aimed at increasing the profile and uptake of geography as a school subject. You can request a visit from an RGS ambassador.

KS2 workshop – ‘Fossil Hunt!’

Take part in a fossil hunt in your school, with our expert palaeontologists. What did these strange creatures look like when they were alive? Where did they live? What did they eat? This fun and informative workshop is for years 3 to 6 and only for schools in the Leeds area.

For more information contact Pre Carbo

KS4 and 5 workshop – ‘Earthquake Location’

Learn the techniques of earthquake location using real data from the seismic monitoring network based at Leeds. This can be run with AS or A2 geology or physics groups or for KS4. We bring all the materials – you just need to provide pencils, rulers and pairs of compasses.

KS2 to KS5 - Leeds Festival of Science

The Festival schools programme is full of exciting STEM events for Key Stage 2 to 5, involving science, maths, engineering and geography. Our programme offers a selection of ‘roadshow’ sessions which can be brought into school. See the website for more information

Bring your students to the University

KS2 to KS5 - Leeds Festival of Science

The Festival schools programme is full of exciting STEM events for Key Stage 2 to 5, involving science, maths, engineering and geography. Our programme offers a selection of ‘on campus’ events. See the website for more information

KS3 to KS5 workshop - ‘Leeds Rocks!’

Our popular 'Leeds Rocks' petrology practical in our state of the art Earth Visualization Laboratory is an interactive workshop tackles parts of the A level syllabus which can be difficult to cover in a classroom. The students learn the basic skills of thin section analysis using our dedicated microscope teaching suite. Group sizes can be from 1 to 96 students. A simpler version of this workshop is also available for KS3 and 4.

Please contact Phil Murphy for further details.

Year 12 Environmental Science Academy

Hosted by the School of Earth and Environment at Leeds, the Environmental Science Academy is a taster day that gives your students the opportunity to find out about this exciting area of study through inspiring science sessions, and meet staff and students from the programme. The event is ideal for those studying related subjects such as Geography or Biology. Please note: Applicants should be studying at least one science subject at A level. Students can attend independently, or in a school group. Find out more.

Teachers CPD

Geography teachers’ conference

The Faculty of Environment holds an annual teachers’ conference, in which we bring together some of our top academics to share insights into their latest cutting edge research. The event is FREE, with lunch and refreshments included.

The next event will be in July 2018 – watch this space!

‘Rocks and Fossils’ – Intro to Earth Sciences for KS2 teachers

The aim of this course is to give primary school teachers with no previous experience of Earth Science the opportunity and materials to familiarise themselves with this fascinating subject, and to incorporate it into their teaching. The course will include a short introduction to Earth Science, covering concepts such as the geological timescale and the structure of the Earth; a practical session on rocks and minerals; and an interactive session on fossils and the history of life on Earth. Each teacher will receive a set of replica fossils and a set of rock specimens, together with a poster sized geological map of the UK to take away and use for activities within their school.

The next event is on Thursday 15th March 2018 (3:30 - 6:30pm) at the University of Leeds. See the programme for more information. To book places contact Pre Carbo