Ogden University Science Officers are part-funded by The Ogden Trust to help co-ordinate, run and evaluate science outreach work at schools and universities. They are normally linked with an Ogden School Science Partnership.
Science Officers usually have a physics outreach responsibility wthin their university role, often linking in with academics, post docs and students in their department to deliver lectures, presentations and hands-on interactive sessions to KS1 right through to sixth formers, and often the general public too.
Science Officers administer the Schools Physicist of the Year Awards (A-Level) and may be asked to represent the Trust at external events.
Science Officers can nominate postgraduate, PhD and post-doctoral students for the Scientists in Schools programme; a limited number of these placements are available each year to those wishing to become physics school teachers. Science Officers who wish to nominate someone for such an award should contact Tim Simmons.
The Trust is also currently trialling a Schools Science Communication training course, which has been developed to give early-career researchers valuable experience and training in communicating their research, whilst learning how to help inspire and engage students in schools. The course is currently only available through Imperial College London, and the Universities of Manchester and Lancaster. The Ogden Science Officers at these institutions can provide further information.