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Fantastic for engaging interest in an undervalued subject. Brilliant session leader, great sense of humour, the students’ perception of a 'physicist' is vastly improved. Great for developing new skills.

Teacher commenting on 'The Problem with Problems' Dr Mike Ries
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To find out more about any of our activities please complete the Outreach Enquiry Form, specifying 'Physics' as the subject area. 

Ogden Science Officer Erin McNeill

Erin McNeill 
Ogden Science Officer

I am the Ogden Science Officer at the University of Leeds, working alongside the Ogden Trust and the STEM Educational Engagement team to create fun and challenging physics outreach opportunities to show that science is not only interesting, but really fun too!

If you would like to find out more about what we have to offer, please contact me:

T: 0113 343 4065  

Schools Liaison Officer Louise Crabtree

Louise Crabtree
Education Outreach Officer (STEM)

The main aim of my role is to encourage young people to continue their study of STEM subjects through school or college and into Higher Education. Having previously worked in the Chemical industry for nearly 10 years, I am keen for young people to understand the importance of science and maths in our lives and its everyday uses. 

I coordinate much of the outreach programme for schools offered by the Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences, i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Food Science and Maths. However, I am also part of the wider STEM outreach team here at the University, which includes Engineering, Biosciences and Environment. As a group we utilise the talents of our post graduate students to help deliver many of our activities, some of which are offered during the Leeds Festival of Science.

If you would like to find out more about what we have to offer, please contact me:

T: 0113 343 6511

Dr Lorna Dougan School Liaison Officer

Dr Lorna Dougan
Lecturer & Schools Liaison Officer

We are a research intensive department and enthusiastic and passionate about science. As Schools Liaison Officer I design and run activities for schools and help to coordinate outreach activity across the School.

My own research group uses novel experimental approaches to explore the structure and dynamics of molecules in aqueous solutions. The major theme of our research involves the development of single molecule manipulation techniques as well as structural studies using neutron diffraction and computational modelling. These powerful techniques are used as tools to study biomolecular self-assembly in both simple and complex systems. In particular, we are interested in life in extreme environments.

Extremophiles are organisms which can not only survive but thrive in environments that would be extreme to human beings. We are developing new instruments which allow us to probe the stability, flexibility and dynamics of molecules from these organisms. Understanding extremophiles and their remarkable preservation capability is not only of fundamental scientific interest but important for a range of industrial and biotechnological applications.

T: 0113 343 8958