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The SUP team sit between the Public Engagement with Research unit and the Widening Participation and Social Mobility teams at the University of Southampton. Our roles grew out of the Talk to US! School-University Partnership Initiative, and we continue to connect schools, colleges and youth groups to research and researchers for mutual benefit.

Since 2016 we have been working with local teachers, pupils, and community groups, and University of Southampton staff and students, to co-create digital and physical resources and activities for bringing the curriculum to life, inspiring future generations of researchers, and creating better informed and more impactful research.

Our activity packs project was launched in March 2020, when we noticed that the students we wanted to engage with and support were struggling to access online resources while learning from home during lockdown. To help local schools, teachers and pupils bridge the digital divide, we decided to create our very own activity packs, addressing different areas of the curriculum in fun and interactive ways.

Our packs included Hospital Heist (our forensic science activity pack) and Women in STEM-themed Top Trumps packs, shapes and numbers (numeracy), outdoor learning and arts and crafts packs. Since March 2020 we produced and delivered more than 14,000 activity packs.

The reception was so amazing and allowed us to reach out to so many people (up and down the country!), we were able to expand into even more areas - including SOTSEF Goes Digital 2021! We're incredibly grateful for all the amazing people who made the activity packs so successful, and to everyone who requested a SOTSEF pack last year. We've loved seeing all of your creations and lovely feedback.

To find out more about the activity pack, you can watch the video below.

Contact the SUP team

Phone: 023 8059 7521