Research projects

Attitudes to Science

What does the research evidence suggest about factors that influence students' attitudes, participation and engagement in STEM subjects?

Mentoring in Science

The Education Endowment Foundation and the Wellcome Trust are funding ASCENTS 121 support which links STEM undergraduates with year 11 students for one-to-one mentoring in science.

Practical work: a rapid evidence review of independent practical research projects

The Wellcome Trust asked UYSEG and colleagues at the UCL Institute of Education to carry out an international review of work on independent research projects in school science.

Teaching about genomics

UYSEG, working with the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus Public Engagement team, is reviewing the research on teaching genomics-related biology, and surveying the landscape of materials and teacher support for genomics learning.

Best Evidence Science Teaching (BEST)

Best Evidence Science Teaching (BEST) is a new collection of FREE research evidence-informed resources for effective teaching of difficult ideas, embedded formative assessment and adaptive lesson planning in 11-14 (KS3) science.

Open-ended investigations post-16

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation asked UYSEG to investigate how teachers create opportunities for open-ended investigative work post-16.

Research into the Impact of Spaceflight on Engagement with STEM subjects: the RISES project

Astronaut Tim Peake’s mission in late 2015 sees him become the first British astronaut to go to the International Space Station. Researchers in UYSEG are investigating if human spaceflight inspires school students to take science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

Understanding and improving doctoral training in the sciences and engineering

We are working with the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science to develop new approaches to doctoral training and to understand their impact.