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Marine Pathways

Our introductory course to the exciting world of marine science.

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Location: Dove Marine Laboratory, Cullercoats, and field trips

Age group: 15-18 years

The Dove Marine Laboratory holds an introductory course to Marine Science. It will appeal to all pupils interested in Biology, Ecology, or considering careers in conservation and wildlife science. The week-long course is aimed at Year 10 to 13 students who have a keen interest in marine topics and will run from 9:30am to 3pm each day during the week of Tuesday 29th August to Saturday 2nd September 2023. As you will be interacting with current University students and lecturers, there will be opportunities to ask about life at uni, and degree courses available.

We would like to offer students the opportunity to participate in this week-long marine-themed summer school.

Exciting interactive activities and inspiring talks

Students will experience an exciting range of interactive and curriculum-linked activities related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), with emphasis on marine.

Students will be inspired by leading experts and personalities who are passionate about the wide variety of careers within the marine environmental sector.

In addition, students will develop investigative and presentation skills, personal effectiveness and self-confidence.

Course overview

The five-day summer school, aimed at post-16 students, will be based at Newcastle University’s School of Natural and Environmental Sciences.

The aim of the course is to explore marine biology, ecology and environmental related topics in an informal, fun setting. 

Experience an exciting range of interactive activities enhancing students’ knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), with the emphasis on marine science.

Be inspired by leading experts who are passionate about marine science.

Share your passion for marine life, and important issues of environmental concern

Develop investigative and presentation skills, personal effectiveness and self-confidence via a mixture of lab-based investigation, and practical field work

Experience science at sea: fantastic opportunity to work on our research vessel, the RV Princess Royal. 

Enjoy a week in summer alongside University Marine Biology researchers and undergraduate students. 


Outcomes include:

  • inspiring young people to follow STEM careers, building confidence in STEM abilities
  • better understanding of university life and increased progression into higher education
  • a healthy and active week outdoors, developing new friendships
  • developing essential skills for the workplace: investigative and collaborative skills
  • greater understanding of the natural world

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