Churchill begins hosting the first of two Isaac Physics residential boot camps today aimed at helping year 12 and 13 students from widening participation backgrounds practise the physics concepts needed to raise their grades in their school physics exams.

Running from the 4—6 and 6–8 January, these intense workshops are run by experienced teachers and members of the Isaac Physics team who will provide students with small group support in order to help students raise attainment for STEM at any university. The programme for the event will focus on an intense workout of key physics concepts through the use of our Mastering Physics Books with sessions led by the authors, Anton Machacek and Keith Dalby.

The residential camps are specifically for students from widening participation backgrounds who are studying in state-maintained schools or colleges in England. Accommodation at Churchill for participants has been provided for free by the project and funding has been made available for travel to the event.

Commenting on this new initiative, Isaacs Physics co-director and Churchill’s Director of Studies in Physics, Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright said:

“We have just got underway with the first of the boot camps and we are delighted with the students’ participation and engagement. We hope that these 48 hours will initiate a continued interaction with Isaac Physics going forward that will really help them to succeed.”

327 students from all over England will be arriving at Churchill to attend these boot camps.

A map with pins showing where the attendees have come from. There are pins all over England with the highest densities in London and Birmingham

Map of Isaac Physics boot camp attendees 2018.

About Isaac Physics

Isaac Physics is funded by the Department for Education England and is directed by Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright (Churchill College Director of Studies in Physics) and Professor Mark Warner (Corpus Christi College Director of Studies in Physics). The project’s specific aim is to provide equality of resources for students from GCSE through to university and their teachers, independent of background or school through an Online Platform for Active Learning (OPAL) and face-to-face events and workshops all over England.

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Isaac physics logo: a stylised apple in the shape of a hexagon with the tagline "Physics. You work it out."