Year of STEM lecture series

Partner: Cheney School, Headington, Oxford
Partner type: Maintained School
Project category: Academic

As part of our Year of STEM we have organised a series of eight high profile lectures from eminent speakers including Professor Jim Al-Khalili and Michael Goatman.  The lectures are taking place on various dates throughout this academic year and pupils from a number of local maintained schools are invited to attend.  

Aims of the project

The lecture series aims to raise awareness of STEM related undergraduate study and future careers, and to promote further study of STEM subjects at sixth form level.  

Background and goals

Headington's Head of Science, Jason Morris, has organised the lecture series.


The lectures are very well attended so the large Theatre and Main Hall at Headington School, both equipped with high quality AV, are critical to the delivery of these lectures.  Teaching and non-teaching staff have been involved in the organisation, communication and ticketing of the lectures, and Headington staff are also involved in hosting the events.  Headington has paid speaker fees and travel expenses where applicable, and the lectures are free to attend.


Attendance levels at the lectures is the best measure of success.  It is estimated that across the eight lecture in the programme around 400 seats will be taken by visiting pupils from local maintained schools.  

Pupil involvement

Headington pupils are able to attend the lectures, and Headington Sixth Form Science Ambassadors are involved in hosting and ticketing at each event.  The lectures are aimed at GCSE and Sixth Form pupils, and seats are available to boys and girls from local schools.

Frequency and duration

This is a one-off series of lectures running throughout this academic year.