S4 - Swansea University Science for Schools Scheme
Discover our Science taster days
Read some of our feedback below
- The biology workshop on Tues and the talk from Dr Emily Shepard on the Wed
- Biology - so interesting. Cool dissection
- Tuesday because I am very interested in biology
- Biology on Tuesday because I enjoyed the dissection
- I really could not say - it was all very interesting
- All of them because they were all so fascinating
- I loved the Circus workshop - more physical
- Exoplanets modelling - interesting to find out about techniques
- The Circus!
- Greenhouse and Hunting for Exoplanets
- Circus workshop and geography workshop - fun and interesting
- Science of climate change and circus workshop
- Geocaching - REALLY fun
- Animal tracking
- Fish adaptations
- About 'climate change'
- How to design videogames and the adaptations of fish and marine animals
- How we search for exoplanets
- How mackerel was great at adapting for its use
- About global warming and all the sciences it contains, i.e. physics
- Global warming is mostly affected by gas
- Adaptations of fish to survive
- The exoplanets
- The science behind juggling
- About global warming
- Discovering exoplanets
- Everything was interesting!
- Hunting for exoplanets and science of exoplanets and science of climate change
- How to juggle. Also what university (Swansea) is like and university experience from ambassadors
- Circular motion of the circus act
- How planets are found
- How global warming works
- Dr Emily Shepard - would have loved to be able to speak to her and find out more - the topics were extremely thought-provoking
- I liked all ambassadors and teachers, each made the experience more fun and interesting
- Gareth because he was always helpful and funny
- The physics professor who talked about exoplanets, since he gave me advice on Universities
- Ross and Jacob - both very helpful and informative
- All of them!
- Everyone was brilliant, can't single out anyone
- Everyone - all had a very good input on life and topics in the university
- All ambassadors really good, approachable and friendly. Easy to ask questions. Good variety of ambassadors in terms of different stages of years of Uni.
- All of them because they were all very informative and didn't mind when we asked them loads of questions
- Mary and Gareth. Talked to me and inspired me into their subjects
- I'd just like to say a huge thank you to everybody involved in the S4 programme and especially to Ross and Dr Mary - thank you for everything. To the ambassadors - Jacob was amazing.
- Make it longer! Enjoyed it too much.
- Your enthusiasm and passion has made me certain that I want to go to Swansea, as well as making me feel less tentative about moving out. Plus wedges were delicious.
- Wonderful programme!
- Longer summer school
- Really enjoyed the week, ambassadors were so helpful, would love to come again.
- Top marks to Ross! Excellent Manager et
Information for teachers
The initiative was launched in 2012, and in summer 2013, 25 students experienced a series of taster days in Swansea’s five College of Science departments, carrying out experiments and workshops in bioscience, computer science, geography, maths and physics. They gained valuable, hands-on experience of carrying out real scientific experiments with academic staff in a research laboratory. The programme aimed to ‘bring science to life’, with workshops such as ‘Mathematics for jugglers’ and ‘Hunting for exoplanets’. The summer school went even better than we had anticipated, and we received fantastic feedback from the participants. You can see photos on our Flickr page here. We asked our participants to rate (out of 5) each day, and then the week overall - the average score was 4.8! They were all so enthused, and some said that they were clearer on what they wanted to study at university. Now the program is even bigger, extended to GCSE-stage students and offering a wider range of subjects.
Please contact the S4 team (email@example.com) with any questions.
Data Protection and compliance policy: S4 Swansea Science for Schools
The S4 Swansea Science for Schools Project is funded in part by National Science Academy (NSA) and the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) based in the College of Science, Swansea University. WEFO is the Data Controller for the information provided by students who take part in this project.
We as a project take the responsibility of collecting and processing personal data seriously. This statement explains how the S4 project outreach scheme handles and uses your personal information. The project is committed to protecting your information and being transparent about what information it holds. As a University affiliated project, we use Swansea University’s Data Protection Policy and procedures as a guideline and foundation to our own –
The Data Protection Officer for the Welsh Government can be contacted on Data.ProtectionOfficer@gov.wales
What information do we collect?
We collect the following information from students who come to take part in our workshops. We collect this information to help us keep track of whether we are reaching the students who will most benefit from our interventions and to ensure that they are well catered for during their time with us.
- Date of Birth
- School year
- Contact details
- Free school meal entitlement
- Entitlement to Educational Maintenance Allowance
- A level and GCSE qualifications (where applicable)
- Medical conditions
- GP details
- Cultural requirements
- Dietary requirements
- Photographs and film – permission to take and use photographs in our events for marketing/social media purposes.
Legal Basis for Processing
We do not process any data without explicit consent. For children aged 15 or under, we collect this data via a parent/carer. For those aged 16 or older, we collect directly from the individual.
The legal basis for processing personal and special category data is covered by consent.
You may withdraw your consent at any time by contacting the nominated S4 data officer, Alicia Petersen via email firstname.lastname@example.org
S4 also need to gather this information to fulfil our legal obligation to our funders.
The lawful basis for controlling or processing data under WEFO is under Article 6 (1) (e) of GDPR where: “processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller”.
To process special category data on behalf of Welsh Government, the legal basis is under Article 9 of GDPR: “processing is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest, on the basis of Union or Member State law which shall be proportionate to the aim pursued, respect the essence of the right to data protection and provide for suitable and specific measures to safeguard the fundamental rights and the interests of the data subject.”
Why we collect individual data and how we use it
We collect data on individuals for the following reasons: -
- For monitoring purposes - to be used as evidence for our funders, and to help give us a clear insight of the activities we provide and who we work with, so we know if we are working with those who will benefit the most from our outreach scheme.
- For evaluation purposes - We use personal data to support individual feedback on our workshops to assess the effectiveness of our outreach initiatives on expanding science capital in young people (with our ultimate goal being increasing participation in higher education (HE) of certain socioeconomic demographics).
- For health and safety purposes – to ensure we provide the best level of care and a safe learning environment for our participants, i.e by ensuring we are aware of any allergies or medical needs
How data is processed and stored
- For interactions that involve S4 working directly with schools, forms and an explanatory letter are sent home to parents/guardians of participating pupils via the school asking for required information and the consent to use the information for the outlined purposes. The forms are then brought along to the workshop by the teacher organising the activity, where it is securely logged and stored.
- For our Residential Summer School Scheme (historic only, since we no longer offer this), students directly registered interest through an initial enquiry form, they were sent information packs containing consent form asking for necessary information, which students return to us by the start of the scheme. The data is then securely logged and stored.
- All individual personal is kept in hard copy, filed away in locked filing cabinets in our secure office, entry of which requires key card access, which is restricted to project personnel.
Who receives your information?
This project is co-funded by the Welsh Government and WEFO, with WEFO being our data controller on the project. As such, we will be sharing information collected with WEFO for long term research purposes.
How long will your data be held?
S4 will retain personal information for a minimum of 10 years, in accordance with WEFO policy
What are your rights?
If you have any concerns about what information is being held, you have a right to access your personal information, to object to the processing of your personal information, as well as the right to rectify, erase and restrict your personal information. If you have any concerns about the use of data for these purposes or would like a copy of the data we hold about you, requests should be made in writing to the University Data Protection Officer:
Mrs Bev Buckley
University Compliance Officer (FOI/DP)
If you have further questions about how we process individual monitoring data, please feel free to get in touch with Alicia Petersen, the Nominated Data Protection Officer for the S4 project email@example.com
How to make a complaint
If you are unhappy about the way in which your personal data is being used or processed, or if you have any issue with the accuracy of the information, you can contact the University Data Protection Officer using the details above.
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