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Academic Led Workshops

Academic Led Workshops

We offer a range of workshops specific to our degree courses at Bradford that can be delivered in schools and colleges with students from year 9 upwards.  These workshops are delivered by Academics and offer a fantastic insight into what it is like to study these subjects at University level as well as current information about relevant professions.  The sessions are designed to be interactive and hands on.

Please click the below Faculty links for details about the workshops on offer. 

Faculty of Life Sciences

Pharmacy

Pharmacy Talk and Workshop

It’s an exciting time for the pharmacy profession. The role of the pharmacist is increasingly becoming more clinical with the introduction of new services including pharmacy-led clinics, pharmacist prescribing and preventative and healthy living services such as flu vaccinations, blood pressure checking, and smoking cessation clinics.  This workshop will include a talk about the University Of Bradford’s unique MPharm course designed and informed by employers, educationalists, patient representatives, and our students, to ensure we are educating and training the next generation of pharmacists. Working in groups students will also take part in an interactive activity after the presentation and have the opportunity to test out equipment used in the pharmacy industry.

  • Age Range – Year 12 or Year 13 (we can accommodate mixed groups)
  • Duration – Typically one hour but can be extended to 90 minutes
  • Capacity – Minimum of 10 students and maximum of 30
  • Equipment required from school – Flat teaching space with PowerPoint facilities

Please note our entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are - DDD Applied Science with a minimum four Chemistry units and two Maths units at Distinction. Acceptable only with A-level Chemistry or A-level Biology at grade B.

Faculty of Engineering and Informatics

Computer Science

Hackaballs Workshop

This workshop begins with a short talk on Computing  as a profession and the range of degree courses offered in our Computing Department, as well as covering the current economy demands for Computer Science graduates.  The students then take part in an interactive activity using Raspberry Pis and Hackaballs.  Students will experiment with basic coding principles to program the Hackaballs.  The Hackaballs can produce light, sound, vibration and also respond to being shaken.  Students will be able to see code and follow staff as they demonstrate the functionality and create their own code to drive the Hackaballs.

  • Age Range – Year 9 through to Year 13
  • Duration – Typically one hour but can be extended to 90 minutes
  • Staffing – The University will send one member of staff and one trained student ambassador to deliver this workshop.  It is advised that the school also provide at least one member of staff in the workshop
  • Capacity – Minimum of 5 students and maximum of 20 due to hardware limitations (Groups of 5)
  • Equipment required from school – 10 monitors with HDMI/CGA sockets and power sockets for 10 Raspberry Pis

Game of Life Workshop

This workshop begins with a short talk on Computing  as a profession and the range of degree courses offered in our Computing Department, as well as covering the current economy demands for Computer Science graduates.  Students then take part in an interactive activity using Raspberry Pis whilst running a custom implementation of the Game of Life.  This activity demonstrates the game on the Pis and shows students how the game runs from code.  The exercises involved allow students to experiment and see how their changes affect a simple miniature world based on these rules.

  • Age Range – Year 9 through to Year 13
  • Duration – Typically one hour but can be extended to 90 minutes
  • Staffing – The University will send one member of staff and one trained student ambassador to deliver this workshop.  It is advised that the school also provide at least one member of staff in the workshop
  • Capacity – Minimum of 6 students and maximum of 30 due to hardware limitations (Groups of 3)
  • Equipment required from school – 10 monitors with HDMI/CGA sockets and power sockets for 10 Raspberry Pis

Media, Design & Technology

Games Design Workshop

This workshop is an introduction to working in the creative industries, in games design and development. It begins with a brief overview of what we offer as a school within the university, what the industry expects from graduates from our courses. The students will get a brief introduction into the world of gaming and asset creation, showing them some industry standard work from the recent past graduates. Students will then take part in an interactive activity where groups will design a character, then create a world for the individual characters to be a part of. The weird and wackier, the better!

  • Age Range - Year 10 through to final year at college
  • Duration - 50 minutes to an hour, but can be extended to include a QA session if necessary
  • Staffing - The University will send one member of staff to deliver this workshop. It is advised that at least one member of the school staff is available for the entirety of the workshop
  • Capacity - Maximum of 30 students (ideally able to split into 6 groups of 5)
  • Equipment required from the school - A space for a laptop and a HDMI or VGA compatible projector/ smartboard/ large display

Animation Workshop

Ever fancied learning how to animate? Students will get a brief introduction to animation and an overview of what we offer as a school within the University. They will then take part in an interactive activity where they will be able to have fun making a short pixilated film using themselves as characters.

  • Age Range - Year 9 through to Year 13
  • Duration – Typically 1-2 hour
  • Staffing – The University will send one member of staff and one trained student ambassador to deliver this workshop. It is advised that the school also provide at least one member of staff in the workshop
  • Capacity – Minimum of 10 students and maximum of 30 due to hardware limitations
  • Equipment required from school – large enough space to accommodate students, but the ability to use playgrounds, halls, would be ideal.

Faculty of Management and Law

Ethical Business: What would you do?

This workshop aims to encourage students to think about ethical decisions in organisations. Our academics will guide students through ethical dilemmas and decisions which have shocked the business world, before challenging students to debate and discuss a case study dilemma.

Students will be split into small groups and go head to head taking on the positions of different stakeholders in the case, before deciding what would they do?

  • Age range – suitable from year 10 to year 13 – the scenario will be adapted to suit the level of participants
  • Duration – 1hr to 1.5hrs
  • Capacity – Maximum of 30 students
  • Equipment – Flat teaching space

Please contact us to discuss available dates, this is important as academics need as much notice as possible. 

Mock Court Trial

An interactive session, which aims to encourage students to think about points of Law, including causation, prosecution and defence. Based on a real world case our academics will present a criminal law case - during a Sunday League football match one player elbows another and breaks his jaw. The victim has to go to hospital and the other player receives a red card and is sent off. Whilst at hospital the victim’s hospital notes get mixed up and instead of having an operation to fix his jaw, he ends up having a heart bypass and dies on the operating table. Is the other footballer guilty of murder or manslaughter?

Depending on the group's ability, there is a separate linked scenario we can also explore. Which involves the victim's friend seeing the other footballer having a drink and tries to mow him down in his car, the friend misses and accidently kills someone else. The second scenario explores causation in more depth.

Our academic will spend the first 20 minutes setting the scene, the group will then split into two groups of (approx.) 15, one group will be the prosecution and one group will be the defence. The two groups will have 20 minutes to discuss their points and the remaining 20 minutes will be used for the pupils to don a cap and gown and present their points back to the wider group, with the ultimate decision lying with our academic whether the prosecution or the defence won and why.

  • Age range - suitable from year 10 to year 13 - the scenario will be adapted to suit the level of participants
  • Duration - 1hr to 1.5hrs
  • Capacity - Maximum of 30 students
  • Equipment required from school - flat teaching space

*Please contact us to discuss available dates

Shaping the Future: how to be a strong woman and succeed in business

From TV and film to music and business, we have examples of strong women who have broken barriers and succeeded in their chosen careers.  In this interactive workshop we explore some of these barriers and the organisational 'glass ceiling' which prevents women from reaching the top levels in organisations.  We then identify possible solutions which can help shape a successful future for women in business.

Target: Suitable for girls from year 10 to year 12

Duration: 1 hour

Capacity: Minimum 20 students - Maximum 40 students

Booking: Please contact Caroline Priestley by email on: c.priestley4@bradford.ac.uk

Faculty of Health Studies

Impact of Smoking; Obesity; Alcohol and Substance Misuse

An aging population, poor lifestyles and an increase in chronic diseases is resulting in an overburdened NHS and social care sector. The government is planning to increase the number of jobs that are aimed at tackling these issues. Over the next 5 years they are planning to create 8000 new jobs to prevent these problems from increasing further. The motto is “Prevention is better than cure”. Now is the best time to start a career in the field of Public Health and Community Wellbeing, with innovative new jobs including, Health Trainer, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, Care Pathway Navigator, Social Prescriber, Community Engagement Officer, Public Health Researcher and Health Promotion Adviser.

 We are offering a suite of workshops on the following Public Health issues:  Impact of Smoking, Obesity or Alcohol and Substance Misuse.

 These sessions will cover:

  • The physiology, psychology and sociology of addictive behaviour
  • The theories of public health and health promotion used to change behaviour
  • The contemporary public health interventions being used to tackle these life style issues

Students will engage with a range of health promotion material, critically analyse its impact and identify how it can be improved to support service users to enhance their health and wellbeing.

The workshop will also include a talk about the University of Bradford’s unique BSc (Hons) Public Health and Community Wellbeing degree designed and informed by employers, educationalists, patient representatives.  Students will engage in interactive activities to discover the range of graduate career opportunities within the sector and meet our programme multidisciplinary team of lecturing staff.

  • Age range: Year 12 or Year 13 (we can accommodate mixed groups)
  • Equipment required from school – Flat teaching space with PowerPoint facilities
  • Duration – Sessions will last typically two hours
  • Capacity – Minimum of 20 students to a maximum of 50 students

Please note these sessions will be of particular interest to students studying BTEC National Diploma in Health & Social Care or A Level in Biology, Psychology or Sociology who have expressed an interest in working in the health and social care sector and recognise the wider career opportunities beyond clinical or licenced practitioner roles such as Nursing, Radiography or Physiotherapy.

Faculty of Social Sciences

Exploring Inequality

This will be an interactive session involving class discussion and group work, but with academic material provided. We will be using the whole class to explore areas of social inequality along the dimensions of social class, ethnicity and gender. By means of the social and personal biographies of a sample of teenagers in the modern UK, we will be exploring how they and their families may have fared during the post-WW2 (i.e. since 1945) social history of the United Kingdom. By using this ‘research sample’ we will explore such aspects of social chance during this period as ethnic migration into and from the UK, the experience of poverty, crime and inequality, patterns of social mobility, changing health issues, the changing role of women and representations of social class, gender and ethnicity in the mass media and popular culture. We will finish by examining how social class, gender and ethnic relations are represented through social media by teenagers in the modern UK. Class participants will be free to contribute their own personal experiences of social class, ethnicity and gender to the discussion, but there is no requirement to do so.

  • Age range - suitable from year 10 to year 13
  • Duration - 1hr to 1.5hrs
  • Capacity - Maximum of 30 students

Equipment required from school - Whiteboard or electronic screen for presentation. Non-fixed seating to allow for change of class layout throughout the session. 

Please contact us to discuss available dates at schoolsandcolleges@bradford.ac.uk.