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Outreach and Engagement

The School of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences at The Open University aims to promote Life, Health and Chemical Sciences and increase the awareness and interest in these subjects in both schools and the general public.

We take part in a variety of outreach and engagement events for wide range of audiences including school children, patient groups, industrial partners, policy makers and the general public.

A disgust-o-meter showing levels of digust

Our recent outreach activities have included:

  • Talks about our research for the Women’s Institute and patient groups
  • Hands on sessions with primary school children
  • Visits to our teaching labs for Brownies and Scouts
  • Events at the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland Assemblies
  • Hands on activities and talks at science festivals
  • Chemists in their element; an OpenSTEM talk

Other ways you can engage with our world-class research include:

Openlearn is the portal for the Open University's award-winning free learning materials, including our badged open courses

  • Understanding antibiotic resistance
  • Understanding autism
  • Discovering chemistry
  • The science of alcohol

BBC broadcasts co-produced with the Open University have included “The Hunt”, “Inside Science” (Radio); “Forensics: the real CSI” and “Human body: secrets of your life revealed”

The Open Science Laboratory offers online science investigations for schools seeking a broader practical curriculum