‌The must-know-abouts of Primary Science & Engineering Education!


OUT NOW - Have you got your copy?

Smart Pickings - a new children's science book full to the brim of their own investigations! An accessible way to teach children to wonder and develop their own scientific ideas.

Dr Lynne Bianchi's new book 'Smart Pickings' is now available from Millgate House Publishers or via Amazon. Visit: http://www.millgatehouse.co.uk/product/smart-pickings/


1. PhD Scholarship in Primary Science Education

Applications are now being gathered. If you are interested to undertake a full time PhD in this field please visit http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AWW290/phd-scholarship-in-science-education-2017 or our 'Vacancy' page in the drop down tab to the LHS of this page.

2. THE GREAT SCIENCE SHARE 2017 will take place on 5th July 2017.

We hope you will all be interested to engage young people in sharing science learning with new audiences. Watch last year's video to see how you might be invovled this year.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZDF_zI8tlk.

One of the first events is the GREAT SCIENCE TEACHMEET on 6th March 2017 hosted by Manchester Science & Industry Museum, 5-8pm. If you are a school or a STEM business and wish further information about either event please contact lynne.bianchi@manchester.ac.uk.

3. Science Leaders Innovation Clusters are underway - find out about the next dates for your cluster!

If you are a teacher in a primary school in Greater Manchester and wish to meet other teachers similar to you, improve your knowledge and understanding of teaching, learning and assessment in primary science, please get in touch. We have clusters operating in most Local Authorities, and an exciting new one soon to start in Wigan! Existing cluster dates are as follows for schools already registered SEERIH Cluster Dates 2016-2017

4. Through the Science Window CPD Courses for 2016-17 are now here. Download the dates here  

Up and coming dates are 7th February 2017 - The Role of the Science Subject Leader (FULLY BOOKED), and 7th March 2017 - Progression in Science Enquiry (BOOKING OPENS 6th FEBRUARY 20

5. TERRIFIC SCIENTIFIC - The BBC Learning Campaign. 

You can now register at http://www.bbc.co.uk/terrificscientific. This national campaign will provide schools with five big science experiments to get involved in. Initially for Year 5 and 6 in 2016-2017 and then for younger age groups. Watch this space for more information, or BBC Learning websites.  17). For information please contact esme.caulfield@manchester.ac.uk


Events we regularly host or attend:

Women of Wonder

Aspiring scientists and engineers wowed by University’s women of wonder

Youngsters from across Greater Manchester were wowed by the inspiration given to them by The University of Manchester’s own Women of Wonder.

Dozens of Year 9 and 10 students from schools representing Manchester, Bury and Rochdale gathered at the University’s North Campus as part of a University-led campaign to inspire girls to pursue their ambitions to study science and engineering.

The students were welcomed by the University’s own Women of Wonder, including Rachel Brealey, the Director of Faculty Operations for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University. Rachel, a science graduate of the University, is now one of its senior managers and leading a £360million project to build a state-of-the-art engineering campus for the next generation of students. She explained that a science or engineering qualification opened up huge opportunities for women in the workplace.


“I love my role – when I meet our academic staff, I am always discovering new and exciting work they are pioneering." Rachel Brealey


Professor Danielle George was also speaking at the event, who has just been awarded an MBE. Danielle, a professor of radio frequency engineering and Vice-Dean of Teaching and Learning at the University, received her honour in recognition of her contribution to engineering through public engagement. She has worked tirelessly to bring science, technology and engineering to life, encouraging young people to start careers in science and engineering through a variety of engaging talks and citizen science experiments - including a Robot Orchestra that has involved schools from across the region.

Other Women of Wonder included Dr Caroline Jay, Dr Louise Natrajan, Dr Louise Walker Dr Delia Vazquez, Dr Rowan Smith, and event organiser Dr Lynne Bianchi.

Dr  Bianch leads the University’s Fascinate campaign, which works with local schools to ensure young people retain their fascination and enthusiasm to study science and engineering. The Science & Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub is behind the Fascinate campaign.

Women of Wonder highlights and celebrates women who are making a difference in the fields of science and engineering at The University of Manchester.

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