Brookes hosts event to celebrate 30 years of Science Oxford

Friday, 05 June 2015

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On Tuesday (2 June), Oxford Brookes University hosted an event to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Science Oxford.

The evening was specifically held to celebrate the work of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Ambassadors.

STEM Ambassadors are specially trained volunteer role models, who come from STEM subject related backgrounds, who volunteer their time to work in primary and secondary schools to inspire children and engage them with the four areas of learning. 

A number of staff, researchers and students at Oxford Brookes have completed the STEM Ambassador training and currently participate in school outreach events. 

Helping the people of Oxfordshire to gain access to learning has remained a strong principle for Oxford Brookes and this is something we share with Science Oxford.

Prof Linda King, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange

At Tuesday’s event the Ambassadors were joined by teachers, The Oxford Trust’s trustees and Science Oxford staff who awarded prizes for their outstanding work since the ambassadors scheme began in 2003. 

An interactive science quiz with fantastic demonstrations by Science Oxford’s Bridget Holligan was followed by the awards ceremony.  Lady Audrey Wood, who co-established The Oxford Trust in 1985, presented the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution’ to Bob Heath-Whyte for his fantastic work over the last 10 years. 

Other prizes were given to the most active ambassador; Melanie Windridge, the longest serving ambassador; Graham Quelch, and the best newcomer; Vance Briggs. These were followed by awards for the organisation and school that best support the STEM Ambassador programme which went deservedly to STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Didcot Girls School.

Professor Linda King, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange officially welcomed guests at the event and said: “Oxford Brookes was proud to host an anniversary event for Science Oxford, particularly in the year that Brookes is celebrating its own milestone birthday of 150.

“Helping the people of Oxfordshire to gain access to learning has remained a strong principle for Oxford Brookes and this is something we share with Science Oxford. 

“Thirty years of Science Oxford is a fantastic achievement and so much good work has taken place over this time to help bring science to a wider audience.

“Science reaches and touches every single one of our lives. It is so important that Science Oxford continues to break down barriers and let people know that science can be both fascinating and fun.”

There was plenty of opportunity for teachers, ambassadors and trustees to network and discuss the work Ambassadors do. New connections were made and even lead to invitations for Ambassadors to visit schools and new ideas for engaging activities.