Case Studies

Case studies of the work carried out by our Schools Outreach team.

All SySTEMs Go! STEM Festival

Ulster University annually offers an amazing opportunity to schools across Northern Ireland to participate in our STEM Outreach Festival - All SySTEMs Go! held across all campuses, Jordanstown/Belfast, Coleraine and Magee.

This school engagement aims to increase interest in STEM and raise aspirations to go to University.

Research by Harland and McCready, (2012) indicated that educational interventions with Year 10 pupils are more likely to positively impact on aspiration and engagement.  All SySTEMs Go! is held in February, prior to GSCE selection, therefore the Year 10 pupils who attend will have fresh insights into degree programmes and prospective careers.

The event comprises of parallel interactive sessions, such as;

  • "CSI - Crime Scene Investigation", presenting pupils with challenges with Chemistry
  • "Coding and Robotics", where pupils will have hands on experience to code their robot to take part in a Maze competition.
  • "App Creation",
  • "Optometry", educating pupils around what eye conditions there are and of the importance of good eye care in helping to prevent any potential issues.
  • "Food Nutrition", interactive workshop were pupils are taught about how food is cooked and the importance of the different elements on the Eatwell plate.
  • "Sports Science", providing students with a hands on opportunity to see how the science behind the athlete impacts performance.
  • "Bridge Building", presenting pupils with the opportunity to problem solve how bridges are constructed to deal with environmental conditions and while proving effective everyday use.

Throughout the week, pupils will have the opportunity to take part in the multiple STEM activities.

2018 All SySTEMs Go! was featured within the programme of the NI Science Festival.

To find out more about this festival please contact us.


LifeSkills created with Barclays Event

Ulster University has partnered with Barclays Bank to offer our young people the help and understanding they need to develop the key skills to go forward into their professional life.

The motivation behind the LifeSkills programme is to inspire and engage young people and equip them with the key skills to move forward into the 21st century work place. Increasingly young people need to leave education not only with appropriate academic results, but with the skills businesses need now and in the future.

The event will focus on the three key pillars of the programme; Money Skills, People Skills, and Work Skills, aligned to a curriculum linked lesson plan. The LifeSkills workshops help pupils to enhance and develop firm foundations to help them deal with the challenges they will face when transitioning from education into work.

Working in partnership with Barclays and Business in the Community, we are delighted to invite Year 10 pupils from our local schools to an extensive day of delivery on our Belfast Campus.

Students will hear from some key representatives from Barclays and Ulster University and experience interactive LifeSkills workshops.

We have developed this partnership with Barclays to now offer further schools this opportunity across all our campuses.

For further information please contact us.