OUtreach in Context


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An (old) review of OU Robotics Outreach activities, and how outreach sits in the wider OU context.

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OUtreach in Context

  1. 1. From Robotics Outreach to Embedded OUtreach Tony Hirst Ashley Green
  2. 2. Robotics Outreach Group Origins OU-ROG Origins, 2001-2002 Blue Peter/OU “Design a Really Useful Robot” Competition RoboFesta International Friendship Games, Japan RoboCup Junior
  3. 3. What do we do? OU-ROG Outputs OU Support Large Scale Public Events Robot Competitions Educational Research Networking
  4. 4. Supporting OU Partners OU Support Regions Schemes Young Applicants In Schools Scheme (YASS) Student Associates Scheme Active Community Programme Course Related Regional Promotions Schemes Widening Participation Programme Aimhigher WP Family Learning Week Science & Engineering Ambassadors Scheme (SEAS) (NAGTY) Adult Learners’ Week Course Launches Course Promotion (T184, TXR174)
  5. 5. Educational Research Educational Research Science of Robotics Motivating Mathematics Through Robotics Challenge Based Learning (ChBL) Creative Robotics Robot performances
  6. 6. Large Scale Public Events Large Scale Public Events Science Festivals Exhibitions RAF Tattoos Cheltenham Science Festival Wrexham Scientriiffic Newcastle Science Festival Imagineering (Town & Country Fair) Tomorrow’s World Roadshow
  7. 7. Robot Competitions Robot Competitions RoboCupJunior-UK First Lego League (FIRA) Robot Dance Robot Rescue Robot Football
  8. 8. Networking Networking UK International RoboCupJunior (Roberta) RoboFesta-UK Creative Robotics Research Network (CRRN) Space and Planetary Robotics Network (SPRN) UK Goes to the Planets Partnerships British Council
  9. 9. Major Internal Partners to Date Development Office Comms Group Local Visibility OU-ROG
  10. 10. External Partnerships OU-ROG External Partners Pompey Study Centre NWMLAC/ CfL Local SETPOINTS Bedford & Luton MKOB Project Delivery “ Commercial” Instruments Direct Kre8 Conferences IMA IEE
  11. 11. Questions <ul><li>What do we do? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do we do it? </li></ul><ul><li>When do we do it? </li></ul><ul><li>Who asks us to do it? </li></ul><ul><li>Who pays for it? </li></ul><ul><li>Who benefits from it? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do we do it? </li></ul><ul><li>How well are we doing it? </li></ul><ul><li>What needs improving? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Issues <ul><li>ROG reports to no-one in OU in particular </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contractually stipulated reports to funders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Courtesy reports to Technology Dean </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ROG funding is insecure </li></ul><ul><li>ROG has no allocated administrative support </li></ul><ul><li>ROG aims and objectives unclear </li></ul><ul><li>Payoff to OU for supporting ROG not clearly identified </li></ul><ul><ul><li>in general terms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>for particular ROG activities </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. The Missing Component… Teaching Partnership? Service? Something else? Research
  14. 14. Is “OUtreach” the Missing Word? Teaching OUtreach Research
  15. 15. Research in Context Research Communication Industry Peers/ Professional Communication “Public” Media
  16. 16. Making the Most of OUr Teaching and Research e.g. C&Q Exploitation Research Marketing Teaching e.g. broadcast television e.g. patents e.g. training
  17. 17. The Extent of OUtreach? OUtreach Informal Education Consultancy Recruitment Commercialisation of IPR Consultation
  18. 18. OUtreach in the OU Student Context Recruitment Retention Raising Aspiration
  19. 19. The Extent of Engagement Thanks to Andy Lane Dimensions of Engagement Intellectual Emotional Practical
  20. 20. Embedding OUtreach: “Audience Groups” Audience Groups Schools Families & communities Potential Students Employers Media “ Public” “ Professional” Funders OU Internal Regions Schemes Interest Groups Community Staff Students Alumni Broadcast TV Audiences Practitioners Public Bodies Policy Makers Peers Communicators Educators Researchers
  21. 21. Embedding OUtreach: OU Communications Backbone OU Communications Communications Group Research Related Misc. Others Open Eye Open House Open Sesame Media Relations Funding Opportunities IET Research Bulletin(?) OU Snowball OU Alumni Newsletter IET Knowledge Network ??OUSA Development Office Annual Review
  22. 22. Embedding OUtreach: Funding Opportunities Public OUtreach Funding Opportunities Research Councils Charities Government/National Agencies EPSRC PPA Scheme PPARC ??? Wellcome Trust Esmee Fairburn Foundation Royal Commission for the Great Exhibition of 1851 Gatsby Foundation Nuffield NESTA Royal Society Arts Council Sutton Trust