Supporting Schools and the Community (SSC)

Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) welcomes interaction with schools, the public and society.

We engage in activities such as:

  • University taster days, where year 12 students visit LEC, and other science departments, for a taste of university-style learning.
  • Curriculum support events for many A-level subjects including Geography, Geology and Biology as well as the environmental aspects of Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.

  • Subject update courses for teachers in the geographical, geological, biological and science of the environment fields.
  • Talks at schools to classes, gifted and talented clubs, and evening lectures to the local community.

We recognise the importance of a number of stages within the school sector, especially year 5/6, year 9, year 11 and year 12 where crucial subject choices are made and many futures determined.

If we can contribute to your school then please get in touch by contacting Prof. Kirk Semple for further information.

Alternatively, visit our University Schools and College Liaison page for further opportunities for schools, colleges and prospective students.


Take a Virtual Tour of a Research Ship

Dr. Yani Najman, one of our senior lecturers, is about to set sail on the Joides Resolution, a Research Vessel owned by the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), joining a team of 30 scientists to drill the Bengal Fan in order to understand how the Himalayas formed, and how they affected the development of the Asian monsoon.

There is an opportunity for schools to book a webcast for virtual tours of the ship - organised by the two dedicated educators and outreach officers on board - and for Yani to follow this up with a school visit on her return. The webcast involves a live tour of the boat and can link up with scientists (and Yani herself, depending on work shifts and time zones).  If you would like to take part, you will need to book a slot for the webcast: please contact Lisa Strong and Dianne Hanano, on the email address  The Expedition finishes on March 31st, but the slots are booking up already.