University of Dundee

Schools Outreach

Our aims

University of Dundee School of Life Sciences schools outreach aims to support Scotland's schools and their delivery of outcomes and aims around science, topical and ethical issues, careers, and interdisciplinary learning. We recognise the value of engaging young people with the cutting-edge research taking place in Dundee and work with partners across Dundee and beyond to create engaging, relevant opportunities for pupils of all ages.

The School of Life Sciences provides a range of activities for schools including visits from researchers, teacher CLPL and exciting art and science collaborative projects. 

School visits

Whether it’s bringing a school class in to tour the state of the art facilities of the School or organising a visit from a research scientist, SLS is keen to encourage interaction between students and scientists. Some of our past visits include:

  • A visit from Higher Biology pupils from Anderson High School on the Shetland Isles, complete with tour of the Drug Discovery Unit
  • Participation in Braeview Academy's 'Science Day', including a Speed Science event for S5-6 pupils
  • Introductory Microscopy sessions with S1 pupils from Grove Academy, exploring everything from fingerprints and hair to live Drosophila
  • A fun-filled visit to Blackness Primary complete with hands-on experiments all about water.

Visits can be linked to CfE areas such as Health and Well-being, Body Systems and Cells, Inheritance, and Topical Science. We also provide ethics workshops for late primary and secondary pupils on topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Stem Cell Research, GM crops and the use of animals in research. 

We can also arrange access to a variety of equipment for techniques such as gel electrophoresis, mass spectrometry, IR and NMR spectroscopy.

Find out more

We have made some downloadable, free to use resources available online.

For more information, or to arrange a visit to your school please contact Erin Hardee, Schools Outreach Organiser, at e.hardee@dundee.ac.uk or +44 (0)1382 386 460.

Events

The School takes part in a number of events for schools each year in order to enthuse and motivate people about the world of science. From festivals to participation in National Science and Engineering week, the School brings interactive, inspiring talks and activities to young people all across Scotland.

Magnificent Microbes

Magnificent Microbes is a multidisciplinary event for P6 and 7 pupils created by the Molecular Microbiology department in partnership with the Dundee Science Centre exploring the world of microorganisms

Incredible Immunology

Based on the success of Magnificent Microbes the devision of Cell Signalling and Immunology created Incredible Immunology.

Dundee Science Festival

Taking place every November, Dundee Science Festival aims to engage and inspire the whole community through its celebration of science and lifelong learning across the city of Dundee - attracting people from all ages and backgrounds.

Dundee Women in Science Festival

The Women in Science Festival is the world's only festival dedicated to celebrating women in science, technology, engineering and maths. The festival aims to promote careers in science to everyone, especially women and girls. It supports professional women to develop their careers and showcases the talented and exciting research taking place across Scotland.

Find out more

For more information, or to participate in one of these events please contact Erin Hardee, Schools Outreach Organiser, at e.hardee@dundee.ac.uk or +44 (0)1382 386 460.