The University of Bradford is transforming how STEM subjects are taught
The University of Bradford is launching a new programme to support STEM teachers and ignite curiosity in students across the district.
The University has been awarded £63,000 from the Go Higher West Yorkshire consortia, part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), to roll out the ‘Ignite’ project which will include a programme for teachers to increase knowledge of curricula, exams, research and graduate skills gap.
Lead on the project, Janet Smith-Harrison, STEM Programme Manager at the University of Bradford said: “We already carry out some fantastic work with schools across the region to encourage more pupils into STEM subjects but with this funding we hope to take it a step further and help equip teachers with the skills and knowledge to lead the way in STEM subjects.
“The funding will enable us to develop partnerships between teachers, academics and employers sharing STEM research, curriculum and skills knowledge. We will also be running networking events and masterclasses to enable teachers to incorporate cutting-edge research into their teaching.”
There is a national shortage of STEM graduates and a deficit of STEM skills within the economy. UKES research (2015) asserts that this shortage is primary in practical skills which are particularly important in the workplace and currently and especially in future jobs.
Janet adds: “Through this project not only do we aim to increase the number of pupils studying STEM subjects at Higher Education but we want them to enjoy and be confident in their choices.”
The Ignite project will run until December 2018 and supports the University’s mission of ‘Making Knowledge Work’. The University has a successful track record in supporting students from all backgrounds to achieve their full potential.
The National Collaborative Outreach Programme is funded by the Office for Students and commenced in January 2017. It aims to rapidly increase the number of young people from underrepresented groups who go into higher education.
The University of Bradford is also hosting the Love STEM Festival on Saturday 26 May. The event is organised by Go Higher West Yorkshire and is open to 13-19 year olds who are interested in finding out more about STEM subjects and future job prospects.
The event is free to attend and will run 11am- 3pm. There will be opportunities to meet people who work in STEM industries and those who teach STEM subjects.