Engaging with the public to celebrate university research

Posted by ap507 at Jun 03, 2014 03:55 PM |
Public engagement events to take place during Universities Week 2014 between 9 – 15 June

The University is inviting members of the public to get involved and discover the vital research conducted at universities throughout the UK as part of Universities Week 2014, taking place between 9 - 15 June.

During Universities Week universities hold a week-long series of public activities and events on campuses, museums and galleries throughout the country to celebrate the importance of academic research to a wide audience.

This year the University will be involved in the following activities:

  • On Wednesday 11 June between 9.30am – 3:00pm at St Martins House, Peacock Lane, the King in the Classroom teacher day will inspire and equip teachers of different disciplines and key stages in incorporating King Richard III into their curriculum for 2014-15.
  • On Wednesday 11 June between 5:00 – 10:00pm at the National History Museum Dr Sarah Gabbott from the Department of Geology will be presenting on Rotten Fish and Fossils, discussing how, when and why our earliest fish-like ancestors evolved, allowing us to correctly recognise and interpret ancient fossils and providing us with a much clearer view of our deep evolutionary origins.
  • On Saturday 14 June the University is planning a local public engagement event at Highcross shopping centre in Leicester where the Natural History Museum display will be made available to members of the public in the city. The event will also promote Adult Learners' Week, which is running from 14 - 20 June 2014.

Universities Week 2014 is being run by Universities UK with Research Councils UK, the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement.

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