Our Outreach Programme

SRP exists as a Charity not just for its members but for the wider society. We recognise that some of the public may have concerns about the effects of ionising radiation. Our experts have compiled answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Radiation, together with a Glossary of the terms and concepts behind the science. If you have a query about something to do with radiation protection and you can’t find the answer on these pages use the box at the bottom of these pages to contact us. 

Radiation protection is now an important component of science lessons in secondary schools, featuring in the syllabus of many examination boards. SRP is contributing to its teaching with a series of free Resources for Schools, including lesson plans and posters all designed to usefully enhance learning. In addition, our members take part in an exciting range of Outreach Events, through STEM initiatives such as The Big Bang Fair or Schools Events linked to our Annual Conferences. We also attend regional Careers Fairs, encouraging young people to consider our profession at university or through apprenticeships.

When stories involving radiation hit the headlines, some members of SRP, working through the Science Media Centre, may provide ‘on-the-record’ comments and background briefings to help with the public’s understanding of the issues. 

Employers whose business involves working with ionising radiation or the disposal of radioactive waste need to meet the requirements of UK legislation. This may involve consulting professional advisers. Our Advice for Employers provides more details and links to Affiliated Organisation members who can provide this support on a commercial basis.

If you have a query about our outreach programme, or would like to suggest an event or activity where SRP might be involved, use the box at the bottom of these pages to contact us.  Contact details for our Designated Safeguarding Person.  SRP's Safeguarding Policy is available here.

SRP regularly takes part in a number of public events linked to science and engineering.  There are opportunities to meet some of our members and join in a range of hands-on activities linked to our Schools Programme.  
The Big Bang Fair: 15-18 March 2017
SRP was so impressed with The Big Bang Fair last year that we returned for 2017. The Big Bang Fair is the UK's largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK with over 70,000 visitors.  SRP's stand, 'Our Radioactive World', encouraged school children to test for themselves some everyday objects that contain detectable amounts of naturally radioactive elements and chat to SRP members.
Amber Bannon (EA), now SRP President, even met up with BBC One's 'The One Show' science presenter, Marty Jopson (photo below) at The Big Bang Fair.
Thank you to all of our volunteers for being on the stand and thank you to our sponsors Mirion TechnologiesRPmatters and UniTech.


UKRC Schools Event: 6 - 8 June 2016
The SRP President was asked by the UK Radiology Congress (UKRC) organisers (and IPEM) to give a 45 minute lecture on “The Importance of Radiation in Medicine” at the UKRC 2016 Schools Science Taster Session.  Approximately 150 Year 10 pupils attended from a number of secondary schools in the North West of England. The primary aim of the event was to help enthuse students to study STEM subjects at higher levels of the education system and hopefully encourage them into the scientific and engineering professions by showcasing potential careers.  

The Big Bang Fair: 15 - 19 March 2016
In 2016, for the first time, SRP took a stand at The Big Bang Fair at the NEC Birmingham in March 2016.  We had 35 SRP members volunteer over the week and they all said what a great, if not tiring, time they had talking to students about radiation and possible careers in radiation.  
Get Girls into Physics: 12 February 2016
SRP participated in a Get Girls Into Physics (GGIP) event at the Vale of Leven Academy (VOLA) in West Dunbartonshire in February 2016.  240 pupils from 9 schools across the West of Scotland attended. The primary aim of the event was to help reduce the skills gap identified in the scientific and engineering professions by showcasing potential careers and by encouraging more female pupils to consider selecting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects beyond their upcoming S3, S4 and S5 choices.


Photos above, with thanks to Lennox Herald.

Goal 2: Establish an Outreach Programme for Schools, Employers and the Public. - See more at: http://www.srp-uk.org/about-us/overview#sthash.lM1IRwJE.dpuf

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