Reports and Publications
Recent Publications Highlights
Energy Education Science and Technology Part B: Social and Educational Studies, 2012, 4(4), 2327-2338 'Developing Experiment Based Science Teaching Skills: A Lifelong Learning Opportunity for Teachers in a Rural Area of Turkey' by M Eroll, U Boyuk, R Sahingoz, T G Harrison, and M F Costa.
This paper describes the EU funded 'MOBILIM' project influenced by the Bristol ChemLabS and AIMS CETLs use of their Mobile Teaching Laboratory and outreach activities.
South African Journal of Science, 107, November 2011 'Publicising chemistry in a multicultural society through chemistry outreach', by Tim Harrison, Dudley Shallcross, Nick Norman, Joyce Sewry and Mike Davies-Coleman.
This paper describes the partnership between the chemistry departments at Rhodes University and the University of Bristol and provides an outline of the chemistry content of their outreach initiatives, the modes of delivery, the advantages to both departments and their students for involvement in various levels of outreach, the challenges they still face, and additional opportunities that such work facilitated.
New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, Higher Education academy UK Physical Sciences Centre, Issue 7, July 2011, 13-18. ‘The many positive impacts of participating in outreach activities on postgraduate students’ by T G Harrison, K L Hanford, B T Cheesman, G Kaur, S D Franklin, A M C Laurain, M I Medley, A C Rivett, K L Shallcross, K E Shaw, S J Williams, D E Shallcross and L Sellou.
Postgraduate students are excellent role models for school students, where their passion and energy play a vital role in engaging younger students and spreading enthusiasm and excitement about science. However, participating in outreach is not a one way activity for these postgraduate students.
New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, Higher Education academy UK Physical Sciences Centre, Issue 7, July 2011, 22-26. ‘On the impact of the Bristol ChemLabS’ outreach programme on admissions to the School of Chemistry’ by A J Shaw, T G Harrison, K L Shallcross, S J Williams and D E Shallcross.
Analysis of the average number of applicants received from schools that engaged in the Bristol ChemLabS Outreach programme prior to a student's application with those that did not engage, shows a significant increase in applicants from engaged schools. When this analysis was inspected in terms of the distance of the school from the University of Bristol, there was an increase in the number of applicants from engaged schools irrespective of distance. However, a statistically significant increase was observed for schools within 50 miles of the University from an analysis of Post 16 students.
Residential Chemistry Camps for School Students: Why Bother? New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, Higher Education Academy, 10(1), February 2014T.G. Harrison, S.J. Croker, D.E. Shallcross.
A discussion of the advantages perceived by Bristol ChemLabS in running annual residential chemistry camps.
- Why do Secondary School Chemistry Teachers Engage in Long-Term Outreach Partnership with a University?, Acta Didactica Napocensia, (9)2, 79-97. S.R. Glover, T.G. Harrison, D.E. Shallcross (2016). In this paper, one from Sarah’s PhD thesis in Chemistry Outreach, Sarah investigates why CHeMneT members engage with outreach at Bristol year-on-year.
- A report on Bristol ChemLabS and Outreach Work in South Africa 2008-2010 by Tim Harrison. Click on the links for recent news stories at Bristol and Rhodes University.
- A report on the Bristol ChemLaBS Outreach work in Western Australia (Edith Cowan University).
Reviews, Newsletters and Leaflets
- 'A Study into the Feasibility and Validity of Using Alternatives to Questionnaires to Evaluate the Impact of a Selection of Physics & Chemistry Science Communication Activities' by Dr Alison Rivett. Click here to download a summary of this dissertation.
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- 'Evaluation of Bristol ChemLabS Outreach'. An MSc Thesis presented by Amanda Shaw at the University of Bristol, December 2009. Click here to download a summary of this dissertation.
- 'Investigating Bristol ChemLabS Outreach: How does a Science Lecture Demonstration and a Practical Science Workshop Impact upon Secondary School Students' Attitudes towards Science and Learning of Science Concepts?' by Jauyah (Joy) Tuah. Click here to download a summary of this dissertation.
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- O’Sullivan, S. (2014). A qualitative study into the perceived effectiveness of a virtual dynamic laboratory manual (DLM) in assisting in the proficiency of students of Chinese origin undertaking General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced (A) level Chemistry laboratory tasks, Dissertation in support of the award of Master’s Degree, University of Bristol, UK .
- Glover, S.R. (2016). It’s Not Just About the Kids: The Effects of University-Led Outreach on Teachers and the Role of the School Teacher Fellow, thesis in support of the award of PhD, University of Bristol, UK.
Bristol ChemLabS reports
- Bristol ChemLabS CETL Final Report to HEFCE, March 2010
- Evaluation Report from the External Academic Evaluator Dr Stuart Warren (Cambridge), Nov 2008
- Fourth Annual report 2008/09
- Third Annual Report 2007/08
- Second Annual Report 2006/07
- University of Bristol Interim CETL Self-Evaluation Report for HEFCE (2005-2007)
- First Annual Report 2005/06
- ChemLabS Outreach Report 2016
- ChemLabS Outreach Report 2015
- ChemLabS Outreach Report 2011
- ChemLabS Outreach Report 2010
- ChemLabS Outreach Report 2009
The Bristol Chemical Synthesis CDT 2011-2013 Report refers to the outreach activities that this Centre for Doctoral Training’s postgraduates engages in can be found here.‘A chemical bond: Nick Barker, linking schools and universities in the UK’ An article about School Teacher Fellows
- Article written by Shallcross and Harrison on the ozone hole used in OCR Chemistry AS examination paper. Pre-release document: issued on or after: 17 November 2012
- Article written by Shallcross and Harrison on nitrogen chemistry used in OCR Chemistry AS examination paper. Pre-release document: issued on or after: 13 March 2013
- This resource was produced as part of the National HE STEM Programme and references Chemistry LabSkills as part of the pre- lab tasks.
Learn Chemistry: First Year Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratory Course Manual 2011-2012
Core Chemistry 1A and 1B: Discovery Block 4, Developed by Dr Jacquie Robson, RSC School Teacher Fellow 2010-2011 at Durham University.
- Bryan Berry (2012), 'Access to STEM subjects and the Third Sector Using Facebook as a tool to support the engagement of underrepresented STEM groups in secondary education'. A report on a project using social media to better target underrepresented students in compulsory 11-19 education.Which formed part of the consultation document; ‘Unblocking the pipeline: How the third sector can increase HE participation in STEM subjects’ by Dr Graeme Atherton Head of AccessHE (July 2012).
- Siân Harris, (2011), 'Undergraduate Lab Software Moves into Biology and Physics, SW Innovation News'.
- Dr Luca Szalay reports on the recent visit by Tim Harrison to Budapest in which he spoke about Bristol ChemLabS and the teaching of undergraduate practical work, and also on outreach in the article (in Hungarian) 'Chemistry without Borders', A Kemia Tanitasa (The Teaching of Chemistry), November 2010, 24- 27.
- A report by the National Higher Education STEM Programme, (2010), 'Good Practice Guide based upon Chemistry for our Future, London Engineering Project, More Maths Grads & Stimulating Physics'
- Kerry Taylor Smith, (2010), 'The BIG Ask', Laboratory News.
- Emma Davies, (2010) 'Dynamic Degrees', Chemistry World, Royal Society of Chemistry, October, pp46-48
- Siân Harris, (2010), 'Spoilt for choice' E & T Education Spring 2010 p12, The Institution of Engineering and Technology.
- Discover LabSkills: Evaluation Report, National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) by Ruth Hart, Jennifer Harrison and Suzanne Straw, September 2009.
- Jo Tunney, (2009), 'A legacy for chemistry education:' New directions in the teaching of Physical Sciences, Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences Centre, 5 ,7-11.
- P Lord, S Straw, R Hart, I Springate and J Harland, (2009),'Evaluation of Chemistry for our Future: Extension Phase Report', Slough: NFER.
- B Haines, P Lord and S Straw, (2009), 'NFER evaluation of Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS)', Slough: NFER. (PDF).
- A Report of a Workshop organised by the HEA Centre for Bioscience, (2008), '1st Year Practicals: Their Role in Developing Future Bioscientists'. Higher Education Academy (PDF).
- Lord P., Straw S., Springate I., Harland J. and Hart R., 'Evaluation of Chemistry for Our Future Report on the first year of the evaluation (2007 - 2008)' Slough: NFER.
ChemLabS Outreach reports
External reports and resources which refer to ChemLabS activities