Schools & Careers
We have a dedicated member of staff for Schools Liaison & Public Relations, as well as a
Student Co-ordinator for Sandwich Course and Phd students.
Schools Liaison Officers
NERC's School Programme includes a network of Schools Liaison
Officers based at its research sites throughout the country. Link to national list of SLOs on nerc pages when available.
The SLOs work closely with local teachers and the Science and Technology Regional Organisation (SATRO)
to develop a wide range of activities aimed at encouraging young people to
take an active interest in environmental sciences. There are more than 40 SATROs throughout Britain, operating under
licence from the Standing Conference for Schools, Science and Technology, formed following an initiative from the Duke of
Edinburgh and leading industrialists in 1971.
The aims are:
- motivating and enthusing young people about science and technology
- raising public awareness of the importance of science and technology to our national future
- attracting and educating well qualified scientists and engineers for the future.
Nuffield student (during summer vacation).
Sandwich Course, Summer Vacation & Work Experience students
We usually offer one-year placements for between 5 to 10 sandwich students (mainly students studying physical
sciences, mathematics and computing degrees).
We also take part in the
Scheme, and have supervised students here who have made a valuable
contribution to our research. Two recent Nuffield students helped develop a device that is now being used in our research. The students won several awards with
their work, through the Creativity in Science and Technology Award
Work Experience at POL is mainly of one week's duration, in oceanography, mathematics,
meteorology, electronics, graphic design and administration.
If you are interested then send us an E-mail.
Some school groups have visited POL, usually through the Community Scientists and Neighbourhood Engineers scheme.
Community Scientists and Neighbourhood Engineers scheme
Approximately a dozen of our scientists and engineers are attached to local schools. They visit 'their' schools, assist
with particular projects, give talks to the children about their science and attend careers evenings. We hope to help
dispel the myth that scientists are all male, look like Einstein and wear white coats! Some of our female scientists also
visit local schools as role models to convince the youngsters (and teachers) that a scientific career is equally
appropriate to the girls. More information on science for girls can be found at The Association for Women in Science and
Adam Hart Davies on his visit to POL.
We contribute to both popular and more scientific television programmes, recent examples being BBC TV's 'How Do They Do
That?' and 'Local Heroes'.
POL's scientists have featured on Radio 4's 'Science Now' and 'Natural History' programmes, Radio 2's 'John Dunn Show',
the World Service's 'Science in Action' programme and others. Our scientists' views on topical scientific news events are
Newspapers and Magazines
Features have appeared in national and local newspapers. Papers and articles appear regularly in scientific journals and
more general magazines.
Our scientists and engineers regularly give talks to groups such as The Women's Institutes, Youth Groups, Rotary and
Displays and Exhibitions
We contribute to exhibitions such as the 'Year of Engineering Success' at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
We have held these every few years for both schools and the general public to have access to POL and our work.