Welcome to the Science Communication Unit student showcase

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Our postgraduate science communication programmes here at UWE Bristol’s Science Communication Unit have now been running for over a decade.  Many of the assignments our students complete while they are with us involve doing practical science communication work, such as creating short TV programmes or developing brand new science magazines. 

We’re proud of the work our students do and we’ve selected a sample of it to showcase here. Take a look at the TV programmes our students have written, filmed, presented and edited as part of the Science on Air and on Screen module. We’ve also selected a sample of the science magazines they have developed, planned, written and designed as part of the Writing Science module for you to read.

As well as creating TV programmes and writing science magazines, our students get to do other exciting stuff too, such as creating an interactive exhibit for a science event. We’ll be adding to the Showcase over the coming months and years, so watch this space! 

We also have regular posts from our students on the main Science Communication Unit blog revealing how our postgraduate science communication programmes have helped develop their careers and how they have put the practical skills showcased here to great use!

There’s more information about the MSc in Science Communication here.

If you’re interested in the MSc in Science Communication and would like an informal chat about the course, please email programme leader Andy Ridgway: andy.ridgway@uwe.ac.uk. 


Visits, Projects and Exhibits

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During the course of their MSc in Science Communication, our students go on some pretty exciting visits to locations where science communication is done. They get to conduct their own research projects. Many of them also create their own materials for exhibits. Here’s is a snapshot of where they have been and the work they have done.

One of our students on the MSc in Science Communication, Emma Brisdion, spent her summer at the Climate Impacts Research Centre in northern Sweden interviewing the scientists based there for her podcast Field Notes on Climate Change. The research centre is within the Arctic, yet the climate in the area is warming rapidly due to climate change. This is already having real effects on the vegetation and wildlife there, so the researchers are measuring what’s happening to get an insight into the sorts of changes we might see elsewhere in the future. Emma is using the podcast for her research for her MSc dissertation. She’s investigating who is listening to it and, more broadly, how effective podcasts are at communicating the work of research centres.

In this video, Emma explains what she did at the Climate Impacts Research Centre …

… and you can listen to her podcast here too.

Writing Science – Student Magazine Work

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On the Writing Science module of the MSc in Science Communication, our students are tasked with developing their own science magazine. They choose what it’s about and who it’s aimed at, they write the stories and design the publication too. Here’s a sample of the magazines they have produced.

Thrive: The art of using science to improve your life from Stephanie Organ, Siobhan Fairgreaves, Emily-Jane Gallimore, Hannah Bestwick, David Floretin.

Vanguard Science: The magazine that melds science with science fiction from Hannah Conduit, Jordan Collver and Alex Kirkpatrick.

Beach Break: The science of surfing and all things beach related from Sinead Harold, Tom Lyden, Lindsay Cooper and Samantha Jumbe.

Insight Magazine: An inspiring science magazine for younger readers from Charlotte Martin, Aidan Roche, Rosie Young, Richard Cleal and Miriam Gooch.

Wellbeing Uncovered: The one stop scientific shop for a happier, healthier you by Philippa Jefferies, Karen Collins, Emma Wrake and Katie Forrest

Science on Air and on Screen – Student Videos

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As part of our Science on Air and on Screen module, students on the MSc in Science Communication develop video features about a scientific subject. They choose the subject and how they are going to tackle it and are then given guidance by our staff – they also get to edit their films at the editing and facilities house Films@59 in Bristol. Here are some of the fantastic videos they have created.

How to hunt for fossils with Antony Poveda, Estelle Cheuk, James Riley, Jennifer Casebow and Thomas Gilby
Get started in astronomy with a little help from Andy Robinson, Andrew Glester, Deborah Barber, Laura Duncan, Louisa Garbett and Marwa Almadani
How our lives are impacting on the River Avon from Rosie Young, Richard Cleal, Harriet Croome and Mae Dorricott
The science of lambs from Hannah Conduit, Mark Berry, Nicole Caplin, Gemma Hallam, Sinead Harold, Emma Salkeld and Wilasinee Triyarat
New Life to Old Bones from: How new imaging technology is helping to resurrect fossils by Jake Foster, Mollie Atherton, Dominic Haigh, Ellen Woodward, Rhianna Harman and Sam Ridgeway