University Team Awards!

The Summer Scientist team, staff and students, one and all, are totally chuffed to have been awarded a University Team Award! We were nominated by the Head of Psychology, Professor Harriet Gross, for this university wide award competition and are thrilled to have won!

There was a presentation ceremony on the 13th November where we were presented our prize by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mary Stuart. We will link to more news from that event when it becomes available!

The winning Summer Scientist team are: Alison Wilson, Emma Jubbs, Laura Duffy, Rebecca Punter, Sophie Freeman, Katy Smith, Emma Belton, Mirena Dimolareva, Madaline Stanworth, Shelley Gwyther, Rosie Findlater, Rachael Kuerten, Hannah Baily, Amy Hobbs, Samantha Petty, Daniel Shepherd, Jessica Thurlow, Chelsea Sawyer, Henry Lennon, Aisling Mcfadden, Chris Luke and Fenja Ziegler.

We were only allowed to take 6 people to the awards ceremony. Here are  Hannah, Amy and Aisling from our delegation posing with the award. More pictures and news to follow….


The Summer Scientist event has a place in all our hearts as a fantastic 5 days of fun and science involving students, staff and the local community. So, we are already planning next year’s event which we hope to be even better!

Summer Scientist is over for this year, but…

The Summer Scientist event 2012 was a roaring success and everyone involved had much fun! Thank you to everyone who came and everyone who made the event possible!

We have learned A LOT about child development at this year’s event and will use this blog – amongst other things – to keep you up-to-date about the findings, pictures from the event etc.

Anyone who attended the event will also receive a newsletter with the findings in due course.

Here are just a few pictures as a taster! More will follow….

Until then look out for Summer Scientists in the news! On our University’s webpages now and this Thursday in the Echo!



We are ready!

After months of preparation we made the final push today to get everything in place for the arrival of the Summer Scientists on Monday morning.

Doing Summer Scientist week means quite a change from the usual work routine of an academic. I was incredibly excited to be driving a van to pick up the tables and chairs from Bishop King Primary school, although the excitement did wane a little bit after I’d carried 20 tables….

With a van full of Summer Scientist sized tables and chairs we made our way back to campus to train our wonderful student volunteers, brief academic researchers and then get all equipment and games and surprises into the Business and Law building. Well, many hands do make light(er) work and by the afternoon we had finished setting everything up for Monday.

So, here we (nearly) all are! We are ready for a great week of summer science fun! And we look forward to meeting Summer Scientists new and welcome back those who have been before!