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Dr Laura Waters: Research Chemist

This article introduces Laura Waters, who is a chemist at Huddersfield University with an interest in both doing scientific research and communicating her work to a wide audience.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2015, Volume 25, Issue 4.


Brilliant barnacles

In this module students will study barnacle morphology, life histories and life styles as Darwin did. He based his classification and search for a common ancestor upon his studies. Recent work using genetic and molecular evidence and scanning electron microscopy shows how some of the key difficulties in drawing the...

Natural or man-made chemicals?

This presentation is intended as a tool to help dispel the myth, “natural is good; man-made is bad”. It contains examples of useful chemicals as well as dangerous ones, highlights some
common misconceptions and provides an engaging context for discussion.

Case Study: Horticulture

Produced for Future Morph, these resources include a video and a classroom activity. In the video, two First Diploma in Horticulture students show how they repot plants and describe the display they helped to produce for the Devon County show. A classroom activity encourages students to clone a plant by taking...


Dr Laura Hobbs is a research scientist at the University of Strathclyde and the Scottish Association for Marine Science. She uses data from instruments, called echosounders, that use sound waves to monitor the depth and abundance of zooplankton in the Arctic Ocean. Studying copepods, her research has shown that...

About Me

This activity is intended to get learners thinking about themselves; their abilities, strengths and preferences in preparation for a more in-depth look at recognising and developing skills and personal qualities.

Exploring Careers

This is an open ended career exploration activity where students are encouraged to see what they can learn from as wide a range of case studies as time permits within the session. 

Challenges at Work

This is an open ended career exploration activity around personal motivation, and not dissimilar to other activities in this set. However, by giving it a focus around challenges at work, students can be encouraged to understand that overcoming challenges is a core part of adult, life in the workplace and elsewhere...


This activity uses the Talking Jobs Randomiser which can be found on the Talking Jobs website. Its purpose is to help challenge young people’s assumptions about who does what in the world of work. The Randomiser uses content from the Original Talking Jobs Module with 40...

Transferable Skills

This activity is about helping young people understand that different forms of work often have a lot in common and call for very similar skills (and personal qualities). As such, many of the skills people acquire in a job are transferable to other forms of employment.


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