Physics & Astronomy (P&A), University of Southampton

Physics & Astronomy (P&A)

Outreach and Public Engagement

Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton values the key role that primary and secondary schools have in motivating and enabling their students to pursue higher education. We are keen to help science teachers inspire their students; to this end, we are committed to delivering a wide-ranging outreach program. Please explore the appropriate Key Stage activities to see how we can support you and your students.

Our aim is to encourage more students to study physics at A-level and beyond. The University of Southampton is part of SEPnet, the South-East Physics Network, which enables us to do more promotion of Physics throughout the region and offer support to those teaching Physics in the South East.  

We have a major responsibility to contribute to society through public engagement, and we have much to gain in return. We are committed to sharing our knowledge, resources and skills with the public, and to listening to and learning from the expertise and insight of the different communities with which we engage. We are committed to developing our approach to managing, supporting and delivering public engagement for the benefit of staff, students and the public, and to sharing what we learn about effective practice.

See the winning entries for the Science & Art A-level Competition HERE

Resources, 'Ask the Experts', Freebies and information about Work Experience for your students: General Support for Teachers. 

Key Stage 1 & 2

Find out about 'Light Wave': - hands-on optics experiments for Primary school children and our amazing Astronomy talks about  Aliens using the inflatable planets.

Key Stage 3

Find out about our Summer Schools for Year 8 students and Extra Solar Planets talk.

Key Stage 4

Summer Schools, The Light Express Roadshow, The Mobile Planetarium, and Speakers for Schools.

AS/A Level

AS/A Level: - free ebooks, posters, CD-ROMs and the travelling laser light show.

The Light Express Road Show

This free laser roadshow contains demonstrations and activities featuring the physics of light and the science behind the Internet.

The Mobile Planetarium

The Mobile Planetarium / Soton Astrodome

Free interactive planetarium shows about planets, stars, galaxies and black holes, presented by astronomers for Primary to A–level ages.

Talks for the General Public/Astronomy Societies

Talks on the Lofar telescope, Astronomy research including X-rays and Jets and holography demonstrations.