Stimulating Physics Programme (Pilot)

The pilot programme sought to increase students' uptake of physics through two distinct but complementary strands, 'Access' work with Higher Education Institutions, and 'Demand' work with clusters of schools.

The Institute of Physics worked with Higher Education Institutions to improve the accessibility and marketability of physics-based degrees to students who do not traditionally study the subject at higher education (HE) level:

*The Teacher Fellowship Scheme seconded physics teachers working in schools and further education (FE) colleges into their local university physics departments. The aim of the Fellowships was to foster stronger school - HE links, and thus ease the transition for students moving between sectors.

*A New Degree - Integrated Sciences was developed and introduced into four university physics departments. The course comprises interdisciplinary sciences, with at least one third physics content.

*The Repackaged Degree project worked with the University of Salford to alter the way physics degrees are presented to students and to try to attract a broader cohort to the subject, without alienating the 'core' students.

The demand strand piloted intervention-based activities designed to increase students' motivation to continue with physics to A-level and beyond. Work took place in participating schools in Leeds, Nottinghamshire and Oxford. Activities focused on teacher development, and students' better understanding pf physics, with the aim of motivating further study.

*The Teacher Support project worked with non-specialist physics teachers to improve their confidence and competence in teaching physics.

*Industry Visits work focused on forging links between schools and industry.

*On-line Networking set up an e-mentoring scheme that matched students aged 13-19 with a mentor who was studying a physics related degree at university, or working in a physics profession.



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Stimulating Physics - an Overview

An overview of the pilot Stimulating Physics Programme, funded by HEFCE from 2006-2009 and led by the Institute of Physics.

Stimulating Physics - Teacher Support

Video clip describing the experience of a science department which received in-school training for non-specialist physics teachers from a Physics Network Co-ordinator.

Stimulating Physics - careers and enterprise

The Institute of Physics worked with the  Career Development Organisation to produce activities aimed at improving students' attitude towards physics, and awareness of career routes.

The project developed two packs for use in schools with the help of the...

New Degree - Integrated Sciences

The Stimulating Physics Network worked with the Universities of Leicester, London South Bank, Surrey and East Anglia to develop a new interdisciplinary degree course.

Two video clips introduce the course, presented by Professor Derek Raine at Leicester and Professor Jim Al-Khalili at Surrey. The third...