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  •   Pre-16 Learners

Subject Spotlight: Physics – Illuminating Dark Matter

Event providers: The University of Manchester

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Over the last century, Physics has revealed the world is not quite as it seems. Our daily experiences, atoms and molecules as we know them, compose less than 5% of the universe. In this workshop, we explore how that can be possible and take a look at how we’ve come to these astounding conclusions. It’s a journey that will take you through our galaxy and to those beyond it, using Einstein’s ground-breaking theory of General Relativity as our torch to illuminate the reality of Dark Matter.

Booking a Subject Spotlight

The University of Manchester’s Subject Spotlight workshops are a range of higher education subject taster workshops presented by University of Manchester PhD students.  These pre-recorded digital workshops provide learners with an in-depth insight into a subject which can be studied at university. When you book a Subject Spotlight workshop you will receive everything you need to deliver this workshop in your own classroom using minimal classroom resources. To support you in delivering this workshop, you will be sent a lesson plan and a pre-recorded video presentation with clear points of where to pause the video to allow learners to complete group tasks. When delivered in full these workshops will fill approximately one lesson (~45-60 mins).


  • Pre-recorded video presented by a University of Manchester PhD student
  • Lesson plan
  • Learner evaluation forms

Optional Live Q&A session

As a follow-up activity, you have the option to request an additional live question and answer session lasting ~30mins to allow your students to ask University of Manchester students questions about studying in this subject area and student life. For Q&A sessions it is preferable if your school’s digital platform allows learners to ask questions (e.g. via audio or chat function), if not questions would need to be submitted in advance.

Event Age Groups IconY11, Y12, Y13

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pre-recorded workshop - available May onwards, Q&A - on request

pre-recorded workshop

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RPF learner outcomes LO1 LO2 LO5

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Booking info

On the Booking Enquiry form, please select the date and time that you plan to undertake this workshop with your learners. We need this information to make arrangements for you to receive the digital workshop resources in time for your planned session. Please state in the 'Further Information' section whether you would like to book a live Q&A session, state your preferred date and time, and add any additional information that you think may help to organise the session.