Case Study - Student Outreach Officer
The Bioscience Department at Sheffield Hallam University has been providing outreach activities to schools and colleges for many years. Our aim is to engage pupils with the STEM subjects using inspirational activities.
Our undergraduate courses offer a placement year, but for students who aspire to a career in education, there is little professional work experience. To meet this demand we have developed placement opportunities as Outreach Coordinators within the University. The role provides a unique experience for students and develops many valuable skills that are advantageous to their careers.
This has also been a positive experience for the academics who supervise the placements, as the students bring enthusiasm and creative ideas and have enabled the creation of new activities and a wider portfolio of participants. We believe that employing undergraduate students as Outreach Coordinators is a useful solution to sustain and develop STEM outreach programmes.