There is a strong commitment to outreach at all levels across both of our Departments. All members of staff are encouraged to actively disseminate their research to the public. This is most commonly done via press releases for important papers, in collaboration with the school press office. We run specific training courses and seminars on dissemination.
A large number of staff engage in outreach activities with local schools and childrens’ groups. These include helping in the classroom, seminars, and taking children into the field. This large degree of interaction is facilitated by the fact that our research topics attract much interest from children and can be linked to the national curricula. If you are a local school interested in such activities, then contact us.
We have a close relationship with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. This museum runs a superb collection of courses and activities for children, which several biology staff help with. In addition, the museum provides an excellent resource for materials (bones, fossils etc), which biology staff can borrow and take to local schools.
Please get in touch with Caitlin Hamilton with any enquiries or requests.