British Science Week Events

To celebrate British Science Week, the University of South Wales is hosting a range of exciting and interactive events and activities in science, technology, engineering and maths.

From our Careers in STEM session, virtual geology and interactive escape rooms, to getting into medicine and cybersecurity in smart homes, you can learn more about STEM subjects and the careers they could lead to.

Click on the session titles below for more information and to book a place. If you would like to attend more than one session, please book each session individually. Better tomorrows start today!


Friday 5 March

Time: 12pm - 1pm


This session will showcase what an exciting future in STEM could look like. You will get an overview of the variety of STEM courses on offer at USW, and an insight into the support students receive to understand the steps they need to take to secure a future in STEM.

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Amser: 1pm - 2pm


Mae'r cyflwyniad hwn yn dangos i fyfyrwyr ysgol a choleg sut y gallai dyfodol cyffrous mewn STEM edrych. Mae'n cynnwys trosolwg o'r amrywiaeth o gyrsiau a gynigir yn PDC, ac mae'n cefnogi myfyrwyr i ddeall y camau y mae'n rhaid iddynt eu cymryd i sicrhau dyfodol mewn diwydiant STEM.

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Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm


Kevin Gough is Head of Engineering at W2 Global Data Limited, an award winning Wales-based fintech company.  After starting his career in IT as a software developer he has held a number of leadership positions with engineering teams. As a member of the senior management team at W2 he is currently rolling out an agile transformation process across the whole organisation and is a passionate advocate for lean, agile and giving developers the tools they need to build a better world.

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Time: 2pm - 3pm


Emma McGivern is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Civil Engineering team at USW. In this session Emma will talk about the role of the Civil Engineer in tackling the pandemic, rebuilding the economy and helping us to deal with similar challenges in the future. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions about careers in Civil Engineering.

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Saturday 6 March

Time: 12pm - 1pm


Chemists are capable of successful careers in a wide range of scientific, business and commercial areas, including food science, pharmaceutical research or development, and environmental monitoring. 

This session will seek to dispel some of the myths about chemistry and explore the various career paths available to those with a degree in chemistry.

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Sunday 7 March

Time: 11am - 12pm


Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.

This session will explore the mechanics of speed in flight, through practical mathematical calculations and explore labour market information related to the aviation industry.

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Monday 8 March

Time: 11am - 12pm


During the height of the first lockdown academics at USW developed a new rapid diagnostic test for Covid-19, to detect whether people are actively infected with the underlying SARS-CoV-2 virus.

During this session one of the leading scientists behind that test, Dr Jeroen Niuewland, will demonstrate how, in just over a week alongside a team of USW researchers, he adapted a technique that they had been developing since 2016 for the diagnosis of urinary tract infections.

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Time: 1pm - 3pm


During this event Dr Vicki Brown Lecturer in Mathematics, and Rebecca Peters Lecturer in Data Science at the University of South Wales will explore how data is at the heart of decision making and how mathematics provides the methods and techniques to extract insight from data and solve business challenges. 

The session will introduce this exciting area of mathematics and cover their personal journey from studying STEM to securing a role within the area. 

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Time: 3pm - 4pm


In this session Senior Lecturer, Leshan Aggulla explores the true motivation behind 5G technology, emerging AI, and how robots and advances in AI technology could save the lives of the most vulnerable in our society.

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Time: 4pm - 6pm


During this event Dr Ian Skilling Senior Lecturer in Volcanology and Geology course leader, and Dr Duncan Pirrie Associate Professor and geologist at the University of South Wales will take you on a virtual exploration of geology. From volcanic eruptions and the impact of the Covid pandemic, to virtual field work and sustainable geology this event will give you an insight into pursuing a highly rewarding career in geology. Click here to view the full programme.

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Time: 6pm - 7pm


In this session, Dr Janusz Kulon, Associate Professor at the School of Computing and Mathematics at University of South Wales, helps us to discover how we can harness the power of computers to solve practical problems, especially in the medical field.

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Tuesday 9 March

Time: 10am - 11am


Network75 offers a combined work placement and part-time study route to a degree, allowing students to gain a degree, five years work experience and no student debt. With degrees in computing, engineering and surveying, you can apply your academic knowledge to real-life work within a company.


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Time: 2pm - 4pm


Are you fascinated by forensics? If so, this interactive event will give you the opportunity to put your virtual investigative skills to the test. You will gather evidence from various crime scenes from the University’s Crime Scene Training Facility before being taken through a step by step demonstration of the science of solving drug IDs from Crime Scene Evidence. Click here to view the full programme.

Please note, due to the nature of this event all attendees must be over the age of 16.

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Time: 2pm - 3pm


Join USW's Champion Rocketry Society as they explore the latest amateur rocketry tech and inspire the local youth to pursue their ambitions in rocketry and space.

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Time: 3pm - 4pm


In this session, Dr Carl Jones, Senior Lecturer in Computer Games Development at the University of South Wales, introduces us to the challenges faced when creating realistic faces in computer games and how to overcome them.

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Wednesday 10 March

Time: 11am - 12pm


In this session, Dr Mabrouka Abuhmida, Lecturer in Computer Science, explores the wonders of the internet of things (IoT): how to use it, and how to stay safe and be connected. 

Join us for this fascinating lesson which also delves into Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and specific machine learning.

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Time: 3pm - 4pm


During this Q&A session a panel of USW student ambassadors will share their experiences of studying STEM subjects at universiy. 

You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about applying to university, university life and find out more about STEMM subjects at USW.

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Time: 3pm - 4pm


In this session Craig Thomas will look at how a wing generates lift, how a gas turbine engine works and show their relationship to physics as a subject studied in school.

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Thursday 11 March

Time: 10am - 12pm


Medicine is an increasingly competitive field. During this virtual event Medical Sciences course leader Dr Lewis Fall will highlight how applicants can gain the skills, knowledge and practical experience to make a strong application to medicine, and will discuss the alternatives that are available to you if you don’t get there first time round. 

Dr Fall will also be joined by members of the Medical Preparation Society who will be sharing their experiences of studying Medical Sciences and answering your questions about applying to medicine. Click here to view the full programme.

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Time: 10am - 12pm


This live workshop delivered by Technocamps will look at how Digital Forensics are used to help uncover vital information from crime scenes.  You will learn how to apply steganography skills to solve the riddle of the missing money, and predict the next moves of the criminal gang!  

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Time: 1pm - 3pm


In this workshop you will learn about a variety of different codes and cyphers, why they were used and how to apply them. 

You will also be given time to complete challenges and the chance to discuss and check your answers with the Technocamps Team.

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Time: 2pm - 3pm


In this class Rae Gordon, Senior Lecturer will look at part creation and the various ways part models can be used within CAD software.  This will demonstrate creating technical drawings, assembly modelling, finite element analysis and computational finite element analysis.

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Time: 3pm - 4pm


Smart toys have their own intelligence primarily due to their ability to learn and behave in accordance with their learning, depending upon environmental stimuli. Smart toys and wearable gadgets have some of the coolest features such as (i) they can tell you what the weather is; (ii) read you your text messages; (iii) interact with you; and (iv) play with you. These connected toys, however, have no built-in security characteristics. The poorly or unsecured smart toys and gadgets, therefore, can be turned into accessible tools for hackers.

In this talk, first we will examine the different types of smart toys. We will then explore cybersecurity threat and countermeasures horizons of the realm of connected toys.

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Friday 12 March

Time: 10am - 11.15am


One damp and rainy day, Seren is helping her family with a spring clean of the attic in their house. In a dark corner of the attic, Seren finds a dusty blanket, and underneath that an even dustier chest. A treasure chest! But in order to find out what's inside, Seren will need to find out the code for the padlock that is keeping it firmly locked. 

Find out what cyber security techniques Seren and her friends use as they try and unlock the Secret Chest. In this session (aimed at 10 to 14-year olds) you will be given an interactive introduction to cyber security techniques. 

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Time: 10am - 10:30am


How many are there? What are the different types of bones? Where might I find them on the body? Lora Roberts' lecture explores all of this and much more as she guides you through the composition of the human skeleton from the perspective of a Chiropractor.

Lora will also be live to answer any questions about the human body or our Chiropractic course. Now shake dem skeleton bones!

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Time: 10am - 11.00am


During this session Technical Demonstrator Harri Little will show you how to use a range of scientific techniques. With field work footage from around the University, and work from within our dedicated laboratories Harri will guide you through the organisms that break down nutrients and make them available to be used again. 

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Time: 2pm - 3pm


Why did this crack appear in this aircraft component?  Using a computer analysis technique called finite element analysis the component is virtually tested to see if clues can be found as to why it failed.  Finite element analysis can be used for this type of forensic investigation or as part of the design process to investigate the behaviour of structures under various loading conditions.

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Time: 2pm - 2:30pm


This session will look at the movement and force when repeating movement, in this case the extension and flexion of the knee through the quadricep and hamstrings. This session involves a laboratory experiment in the use of CSM Humac Norm Isokentic Device as well as a discussion on factors that effect performance in this testing and what it tells us in terms of health.

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Saturday 13 March

Time: 10am - 2pm


You have to stay at home, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your future on hold too. Our Online Open Days are the ideal way to discover the opportunities waiting for you at the University of South Wales.

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Sunday 14 March

Time: 12pm - 1pm


This session will showcase what an exciting future in STEM could look like. You will get an overview of the variety of STEM courses on offer at USW, and an insight into the support students receive to understand the steps they need to take to secure a future in STEM.

>> Book a place

Amser: 1pm - 2pm


Mae'r cyflwyniad hwn yn dangos i fyfyrwyr ysgol a choleg sut y gallai dyfodol cyffrous mewn STEM edrych. Mae'n cynnwys trosolwg o'r amrywiaeth o gyrsiau a gynigir yn PDC, ac mae'n cefnogi myfyrwyr i ddeall y camau y mae'n rhaid iddynt eu cymryd i sicrhau dyfodol mewn diwydiant STEM.

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On Demand

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What do you really know about STEM Subjects, and the courses on offer here at the University of South Wales? Try our STEM Escape Room to test your skills and knowledge, whilst finding out more about STEM and USW.

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