The Physics Mentoring Project places trained undergraduate and postgraduate students in secondary schools across Wales, to mentor and inspire future Physicists.

Our mentors are students from Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea universities and the University of South Wales. They have all previously completed Physics A levels (or the international equivalent). Each mentor has completed a two-day training weekend which explores mentoring theory, the structure and aims of the project and how to use the mentoring kit.

These mentors have been paired with secondary schools local to their university. They will mentor four to six year 10 and 11 students who are unsure if they are going to take physics at A level. One session a week occurs for six weeks and ends with an awards and recognition ceremony at the end. This happens over two cycles per year; February to April and October to December.

The mentoring resources have been designed and created in collaboration with award-winning STEM communicators Science Made Simple. These resources encourage:

  • regular self-reflection regarding skills and careers,
  • development of skills such as scientific reasoning, presentation, communication and teamworking and,
  • activities to promote a variety of careers.

The project is in its pilot year and will be rigorously evaluated by OnData Research LTD, in order to ensure we are making the most of the mentoring model.

We are kindly funded by HEFCW, as a part of their initiative for “Enhancing civic mission and community engagement” (Circular W18/07HE).