Training and Outreach Activities – February 2019

Education and Training Co-ordinator, Fran Long, outlines the early STEM outreach activities delivered by the PhD Cluster students as part of their training programme, and details other training and outreach initiatives.

Battery Safety Course
In December the PhD cluster students explored battery safety in great depth at a week long course delivered by Newcastle University,  Zero Carbon Futures and Gateshead College. The course was a combination of lectures and industry tours that included visiting Hyperdrive and the Nissan factory. We extend our thanks to Professor Paul Christensen and Dr Colin Herron for creating an excellent training opportunity. For further details about this course please contact Paul or Colin directly. 

STEM Ambassador Training and School Outreach
In January the Faraday PhD cluster students received additional training as STEM Ambassadors. This culminated in creatively communicating cutting-edge battery technology research to younger audiences at Chilton Primary School and Didcot Girls School with the aim of raising awareness and STEM career aspirations.

Some reflections from the PhD students:

  • “Great opportunity to improve presentation skills and to learn how to communicate our research to different demographics.”
  • “A good experience in delivering research to a different audience, not something you do every day. It was nice to get involved in STEM and inspire younger people to take a career path in science.”
  • This really made us think about how we can present what we do in a succinct and interesting way to young people, which is often something you forget about in the day-to-day of PhD work.”

For further information about how to become a STEM Ambassador contact us.  

Facility Tours
Whilst at Harwell in January, PhD students had the opportunity to tour Diamond Light Source, ISIS and CLF to meet researchers and learn more about the technology. Our thanks to the Diamond Light Source and STFC teams for arranging this.

Big Bang Fair - 13th - 16th March 2019

The Faraday Institution will be having a stand at the Big Bang Fair with the aim of enthusing children about careers in battery technology. We are still looking for a battery scientist or engineer to join the team on Saturday 16th March. If you are interested, please contact us.

PhD Networking at the Faraday Institution 12-month Review
We look forward to welcoming the majority of PhD cluster and affiliated students to the 12-month review in Windsor. Look out for the following networking opportunities at the event:

20th February
• Networking during the morning coffee break for all PhD students working on the Faraday projects.
• Evening pre-dinner social for the PhD community.

21st February
• Networking during the morning coffee break for all PhD student supervisors (cluster and affiliated).

PhD opportunities for 2019
Adverts are now live for the 2019 cohort of Faraday Institution PhD students. Please do share these asap with any people you know who may be interested. Many applications close in a few weeks. For further details click here or search FindAPhD.

Posted on January 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

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About the Author

Fran Long is a STEM engagement specialist who is passionate about promoting science and engineering. She holds a First-Class Honours Degree in Primary Teacher Education and has won awards for her research. Download her biography here


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