Wednesday 22nd February saw the Physics Mentoring Project hold a celebration evening at the Centre for Student Life in Cardiff University.

The event invited project partners, teachers, mentors, and – for the first time – alumni join together to celebrate the project’s recent award for “Excellence in Support of Student Ambassadors” by the Ogden Trust. The team presented the latest evaluation results of the project, thanking everyone for their dedication and enthusiasm that has made the project so widely successful.

Part of the Ogden Trust’s mission is to “promote the teaching and learning of physics”, aiming to encourage graduates to pursue a career in teaching. Part of the evening was dedicated to the joys of teaching, with Chemaine Barrett, Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy’s Outreach & Recruitment Officer and a science teacher on sabbatical, providing a video highlighting the joys of teaching. During the networking part of the evening, guests were encouraged to interview each other about teaching aspirations as part of a vox pop organised by the project’s evaluators, OnData.

The Physics Mentoring Project would like to thank the teachers, mentors, and partners that made this celebration event possible. We couldn’t have gotten the award without all the mentors that have gone before – the team was proud to be able to welcome back alumni from across all Cycles and reward them for all their hard work. We welcomed back past project team members, Rosie (National Co-ordinator) and Grace (Project Officer/Acting Project Manager). Thanks also go to our evaluator, Laura, for facilitating the feedback from the event.