Students at Lancaster University

Supporting Schools

Through a range of innovative, hands-on projects, our staff engage with thousands of students each year helping to inspire future progression in Biosciences, Ecology, Environmental Science and Geography.

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Invite an Expert

We are one of Europe's largest environment centres and home to a large community of academics who are able to visit schools to support the GCSE and A-level curriculum either in the classroom or in the field on a large range of topics including:

  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Climate change and weather
  • Ecology and conservation
  • Energy and environmental pollution
  • Geology, glaciation and volcanoes
  • Human geography and world development
  • Rivers, water and flooding
  • Food security
  • Urban environments
  • Variety of life: Genetics to ecosystem

Inspiring the Next Generation of Geographers

Many geography classes within the North-West have benefitted from our Inspiring the Next Generation of Geographers programme, which sees current PhD students visit year 12/13 classes with specialist equipment and activities from the Lancaster Environment Centre, which the students will have the opportunity to use and observe as part of the session. We are currently able to offer hands-on curriculum support in:

  • Dynamics of magma flow
  • Volcanic ballistics
  • Diet and food security
  • Flood forecasting and modelling
  • Effect of flooding on society
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Experience Days

We invite year 12 classes from local schools onto campus as part of our annual Experience Days to discover what it is like to study either Biosciences, Environmental Science or Geography. Students are able to take part in a range of hands-on activities as part of the day, as well as receiving advice on writing their Personal Statements and about future career progression within their subject.

Staff explain LEC facilities to teachers and researchers

Supporting Teachers

We organise training days for Biology teachers to keep them up to date on the latest techniques

These days allow secondary school teachers to network and to keep abreast of the latest techniques in Biology. We can help you convey the excitement of biological sciences to your pupils. Areas of interest that we can help with include:

  • Ecology
  • Agriculture
  • Plant biology
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Animal behaviour
  • PCR electrophoresis
  • Electron microscopy
  • Molecular biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology
  • Genetics

We can also provide advice on writing UCAS personal statements for science students, and we can provide access to University Library resources for local teachers.

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